Saturday, 4 July 2015

Art of the Cover - The White Stripes' "De Stijl" (2000)

The minimalist stylised cover art to cult classic De Stijl.

Whooaaa ... Meg and the twins look good here!

The De Stijl style (more anon) cover concept was by Jack and Meg.

Photography was by E Wolf.

Released in 2000, The White Stripes' second album was recorded on an 8-track analog tape in Jack's living room.

The album title De Stijl is a Dutch artistic movement founded in 1917. Proponents of De Stijl sought to express a new utopian ideal of spiritual harmony and order through pure abstraction and universality by a reduction to the essentials of form and colour with simplified visual compositions to the vertical and horizontal directions, using only primary colors with black and white.

This minimalist, simplistic style of color continuity and unagery is evident not only here - but on most (if not all) the album covers for White Stripes releases.


  1. You're Pretty Good Looking [For A Girl] 1:51
  2. Hello Operator 2:38
  3. Little Bird 3:08
  4. Apple Blossom 2:15
  5. I'm Bound To Pack It Up 3:11
  6. Death Letter 4:32
  7. Sister, Do You Know My Name? 2:53
  8. Truth Doesn't Make A Noise 3:16
  9. A Boy's Best Friend 4:24
10. Let's Build A Home 2:00
11. Jumble, Jumble 1:55
12. Why Can't You Be Nicer To Me? 3:24
13. Your Southern Can Is Mine 2:29

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