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The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather is an American rock supergroup, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Composed of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (formerly of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes and City and Colour),[6] The Dead Weather debuted at the opening of Third Man Records' Nashville headquarters on March 11, 2009. The band performed live for the first time at the event, immediately before releasing their debut single "Hang You from the Heavens".

The band's second studio album, Sea of Cowards, was released first in Ireland on May 7, 2010, then on May 10 and 11 in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively. Dodge and Burn, their third studio album, was released in September 2015.


Formation and Horehound

When The Raconteurs were performing in Memphis, Tennessee, Jack White lost his voice and the band asked Alison Mosshart of The Kills with whom they were touring to fill in on some songs.[7] She sang lead vocals on "Steady as She Goes" and "Salute Your Solution". White later asked her if she would record a song with him and Jack Lawrence. They met Dean Fertita at the studio and they ended up performing more than one song that night.

Ultimately they decided to form a band with Mosshart as their lead singer, Lawrence on bass, Fertita on guitar and keyboard and White on drums. White claims he wanted to play the drums in the band, having rediscovered drumming after playing on a kit on "Another Way to Die" with Alicia Keys. He had played drums as a child, and for Goober & the Peas before forming the White Stripes. White said he felt that playing lead guitar in another band would be too redundant and saw it as an opportunity to do something different.

White and Mosshart performing live at the Glastonbury Festival.

In January 2009, Mosshart, Fertita, Lawrence and White got together for an impromptu jam at White's Third Man studio. The session was followed by two and a half weeks of song writing and recording, during which The Dead Weather formed.[8] "Things just started to happen," said White. "We didn't have a direction. We just went a song a day, two songs a day, whatever we could do and recorded them on the fly... There was no time to think about what it was. It just was."[8]

The Dead Weather's debut album, Horehound, was released on July 14, 2009 in North America, and July 13 in Europe. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Charts at No. 6 and the UK Album Charts at No. 14. Three tracks from Horehound ("No Hassle Night", "Hang You from the Heavens", and "Treat Me Like Your Mother") were made available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on the same day as the North American release.

Jack White co-directed a short documentary about The Dead Weather called "Full Flash Blank". It contains exclusive interviews of the band members and performances of "60 Feet Tall", "I Cut Like A Buffalo", and "Treat Me Like Your Mother". "Full Flash Blank" aired on Channel 4 straight after the showing of "Later . . . With Jools Holland" which featured The Dead Weather performing their first three singles.

Sea of Cowards

On October 16, 2009, Mosshart confirmed that a second album was "halfway done".[9] White later announced that the first single from the new album would be called "Die By The Drop", for which he would sing lead vocals. He commented that it was "bluesier and heavier than we ever thought we could be".

Sea of Cowards was first released on May 7, 2010, in Ireland, and then released on May 10 and May 11 in the U.S. and the U.K. respectively. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200,[10] and was placed at number eleven on Rolling Stone's thirty greatest albums of 2010 list.

The song "Rolling in on a Burning Tire" appeared on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie soundtrack.

Dodge and Burn

In October 2013, Third Man Records announced the forthcoming release of a limited edition 7-inch vinyl record containing two newly recorded Dead Weather songs. "Open Up (That's Enough)" and its B-side, "Rough Detective," were released exclusively in this format through the label's record subscription service, The Vault. These two tracks were the first pair of songs to be released in vinyl-only physical form through The Vault. "Buzzkill(er)" and "It's Just Too Bad" were released in similar fashion on November 4, 2014. These four songs and eight others would make up the band's third studio album, Dodge and Burn. The songs were recorded from approximately July 2014 to July 2015 when members of the band had the available time or inspiration to record.[11] The third single in advance of the album, "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)," was made available for download on August 21, 2015.[12] It was released on 7-inch vinyl, backed with "Cop and Go," through The Vault in September 2015.[11]

Influences and sound

Both Alison Mosshart and Jack White are heavily influenced by Captain Beefheart and have made several tributes to him in a few songs, similarly to how they covered Beefheart songs in their previous bands. The Dead Weather usually open their acts with an intro of "Sure Nuff 'N' Yes I Do". On the track "Hustle and Cuss", the first line Mosshart sings is "knock on the door and the door knocks back", a clear reference to the Beefheart song "The Dust Blows Forward 'n the Dust Blows Back" (which itself echos T. S. Eliot's line "When the wind blows the water white and black.")

Other influences come from the range of artists that Mosshart listened to when she was growing up. Her own frontwomanship is the result of watching videos of Janis Joplin and Patti Smith.

Band members


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Title
Horehound 6 7 48 24 26 43 14 19 63 14
Sea of Cowards
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Third Man Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
5 6 28 13 11 24 19 30 76 32
Dodge and Burn
  • Release date: September 25, 2015[25]
  • Label: Third Man Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
10 16 21 32 14 28 15 47 25 21

Live albums

Title Album details
Live at Third Man
Records West
  • Release date: October 30, 2009
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Hang You from the Heavens" 8 -- -- -- Horehound
"Treat Me Like Your Mother" -- 40 -- 168
"I Cut Like a Buffalo" -- -- -- --
2010 "Die by the Drop" -- 20 36 154 Sea of Cowards
"Blue Blood Blues" -- -- -- --
2013 "Open Up (That's Enough)/Rough Detective" -- -- -- -- Dodge and Burn
2014 "Buzzkill(er) / It's Just Too Bad" -- -- -- --
2015 "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" -- 27 -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Song Director
2009 "Hang You from the Heavens" David Swanson
"Treat Me Like Your Mother" Jonathan Glazer
"I Cut Like a Buffalo" Jack White
"Will There Be Enough Water?" David Swanson
2010 "Die by the Drop" Floria Sigismondi
"Blue Blood Blues" Christopher Mills & Tim Wheeler
2015 "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" Ian & Copper
2016 "Impossible Winner" Sophie Muller & Ross McDowell


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