A GUEST SERIES
40. Hotel Yorba – The White Stripes (2001 XL Recordings)
Released as a single in November 2001 (Reached Number 26)
In December 2001 I was asked (Ok I offered) to DJ for an hour or so at the staff Christmas party.
I turned up, had my dinner, (weirdly this was at an Italian restaurant and Christmas Dinner featuring pasta and not roast potatoes), and then took to the DJ Booth (I say booth it was a table with a machine on it). Back then it was all about CDs still, and I used a double CD player to throw down a few tunes as the boss plied me with free alcohol. The CDs were supplied by the restaurant and consisted mainly of that years ‘NOW’ releases, although I had bought a few of my own.
As the alcohol flowed I got a bit more daring, and started to stray of away from the stack of NOW CDs and that is when I dropped ‘Hotel Yorba’ by The White Stripes to bunch of bemused middle aged drunk people. Straight After ‘9 to 5’ by Dolly Parton and just before ‘Kung Fu’ by Ash.
‘Hotel Yorba’ was the first White Stripes single to really impact on the British Music scene. It was the lead single from their album ‘White Blood Cells’. It was certainly the first single of theirs to trouble the UK charts. At the time the NME were really hyping the band and this helped to increase their exposure.
Most of you probably know that the Hotel Yorba actually exists, it can according to Wikipedia, be found on the I75 in Detroit and is now a housing project. According to Jack White, the Beatles once stayed at the Hotel Yorba, a story that is sadly untrue.
The band also filmed most of the video outside of the building because again according to rumour, the band were banned for life from the building…..despite which the single version of ‘Hotel Yorba’ claims to have been recorded live in Room 206 of the Hotel Yorba!
The B Side was a track called ‘Rated X’ which I can’t find my version of – what I do have though is an acoustic version of ‘Hotel Yorba’ in which Meg White apparently plays ‘Cardboard Box’ again its recorded live at ‘The Hotel Yorba’
Hotel Yorba (live at the Hotel Yorba)
A few months later The White Stripes went global and went on to be on the biggest and best bands of the first decade of the century. I picked Hotel Yorba because it came at a time when music was a little stagnant. They, The Strokes and a couple of others all spearheaded a new wave of bands that dragged British music into that new century.
JC adds (from wiki):-
“Rated “X”” is a 1972 single written and recorded by Loretta Lynn. “Rated ‘X'” was Lynn’s sixth number one country single as a solo artist. The single spent one week at number one and a total of fourteen weeks on the chart. The song dealt with the stigma faced by divorced women during the early 1970s, and was regarded as somewhat controversial at the time, due to its frank language.
In 2001, a live version was used as the B-side of the “Hotel Yorba” single by The White Stripes.
mp3 : The White Stripes – Rated X (live at the Hotel Yorba)
3 thoughts on “45 45s @ 45 : SWC STYLE (Part 8)”
Saw them White Stripes in a little club, when they were still pretending to be brother and sister. Second time in a larger venue, and third as headliners at a giant festival. The first time they were interesting and the third time a let down. But the second time was the best show of whatever year it was (2000? 2001?), and Hotel Yorba was the highlight of the night.
The White Stripes were HUGELY important to me.
“it came at a time when music was a little stagnant.” Absolutely spot on. As I wrote over at my place a few years ago, the White Stripes saved me from possibly becoming a Coldplay fan as that really was where “indie” music was headed. Thank god for Jack & Meg.
January 29, 2020 at 1:33 pm
Well Dirk single number 40 is exactly that story. The tune on offer is I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd.
SWC, YOU ARE A FILTHY CREEP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!