It’s a musical pairing that makes more sense than anyone would think, this Gibby to the mic with Jack White playing guitar like it’s 1984 and Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac is fresh meat. Most listeners will flock to the modified cover of Adrenaline OD’s “Paul’s Not Home”—a witty read of the comedy punk song from the New York Thrash ROIR cassette comp from 1982.  Excerpt: “Hi Mrs. Johnson, is Paul gay?” “No Johnny, Paul’s not gay.” And into it, until the raucous refrain is “Paul’s Not Dead.”  But the juice comes from the two other songs; “Horse Named George” is Gibby-twisted blues that recalls “Pittsburgh to Lebanon” from Locust Abortion Technician, and “You Don’t Have to Be Smart,” which features some short guitar psych.

The single is part of the Blue Series of White’s Third Man Records, which is excelling at doing the unexpected. Think AmRep, Touch & Go, Sub Pop in terms of credible music and doing projects simply because they sound good. What a concept. White has produced Insane Clown Posse for a Third Man single as part of the Blue Series, along with Tom Jones, Beck and Dungen. Future pairings? Don’t mind if I do suggest: Shannon Selberg, Ted Nugent, and Ian MacKaye. [Third Man]


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