WSCR reader, Aaron W., writes, “Both Jack and Meg smoked. A few years ago, Jack quit. Meg didn’t though. Surely Jack would have convinced her to quit. You know why she didn’t? Her mouth is an exhaust port, and she uses the cigarette to explain the smoke coming from her mouth, as a cover up. I don’t know if you already got this, I never saw it on your website. But after I found out it just seemed really obvious.” Thanks to Aaron for pointing out what was being hidden in plain site.
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“I do like impressions though. I once saw a man completely impersonate another man who was not unlike himself if you thought about it. Which I did.” Jack is the ultimate impressionist. He created a robot to impersonate Meg.
“Feels like ghosts do walk among us / And I guess, it looks, as if it feels.” The Megbot is so realistic that it seems like Meg’s ghost walks among us. The impression is believable. Megbot looks as though it is alive and can feel.
Thank you “to need, the mother of all invention.” Jack needed a drummer, so he invented Megbot.
“And so sorry to anyone…we’ve misled.” Jack feels badly for fooling his fans.
Jack will soon be breaking away from the Megbot with his new robot free (as far as I know) side project, The Raconteurs. Raconteurs, not coincidentally, are people who tell stories with skill and wit. Stories, for example, that cover up a sister/robot switcheroo?
Recently Jack White took part in a Q & A session in the Little Room where we learned that he is influenced by the films of Fritz Lang. Fritz Lang is most famous for his film Metropolis in which a woman named Maria is kidnapped by a mad scientist and replaced by a doppelganger robot.
Megbot as Maria from Metropolis (Illustration by Rob Jones)
Word on the street says Jack’s brother, Eddie, is in a band named “Tin Knocker.” They have one very limited release out. I’d suggest that you guess what is on the cover, but I bet you don’t have to. Why won’t these Gillis boys just let me be!
“Shyness”: Meg rarely speaks in interviews. This is not because she is shy. It is because she is a ROBOT.
Detroit: The White Stripes are from Detroit. Auto workers are always being replaced by robots on the assembly line. This is probably how Jack got the idea. If robots can build cars, surely they can drum.
Taxidermy: Jack is a big fan of taxidermy. Taxidermy preserves the illusion of life, even after death.
Nardwuar: In this interview (around the 15 minute mark), Jack admits that Meg is an android. Close enough: Real Audio interview or Nardwuar.com “Meg’s an android…I’m sorry, but if you knew, if you just knew. I mean at the end of every night how we have to plug her in to the, ya know, into the tour bus, plug her in and change her oil every three months to keep this band going.”
Missing Batteries: WS video Director/ D.P., Kevin Carrico, wrote to tell me he’s been missing camera BATTERIES ever since the “Hotel Yorba” and “We’re Going to Be Friends” video shoot.
Also: I heard that’s not water in Meg’s water bottle. It’s not whiskey either. It’s robot fuel. It has also been suggested that the Peppermint Triple Tremelo might really be Meg’s carrying case.
Other Drumming Robots:
“By using hydraulic equipment instead of gears in its joints, robots can move smoothly, just like a man.”
The White Stripes covered Robert Johnson’s “Stop Breaking Down Blues” on their eponymously titled CD. Legend has it that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil at the Crossroads in return for the ability to master the guitar. This information is useful when we are inevitably forced to ask ourselves how Jack built a robot as advanced and as realistic as Meg.
In an interview in Careless Talk Costs Lives, Sept./Oct. 2003, issue #2, Jack reveals that “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” could have been the title of the first White Stripes album. None dared until ME!