A rare vinyl release by Jack White which he hid inside a sofa over 10 years ago has been discovered by fans.
During the early days of the White Stripes, White teamed up with musician friend Brian Muldoon to form The Upholsterers. Both former upholsterers, the pair then hid 100 copies of their song ‘Your Furniture Was Always Dead … I Was Just Afraid To Tell You’ in reupholstered furniture around Detroit in 2004.
Those 100 copies have remained hidden until now. Two separate people have recently contacted White’s Third Man Records label after discovering copies of the record. A message from the label confirmed the discovery:
“Recently Third Man Records has been made aware of the discovery of two different copies found by two separate individuals of the 2nd single by the Upholsterers. This duo, comprising of actual upholsterers Jack White and Brian Muldoon, pressed 100 copies of this single and proceeded to hide them in furniture being reupholstered by Muldoon in 2004, in celebration of his 25th year in the business. In celebration of these discoveries, Third Man would like to share with everyone the cover art for this single, done by noted Detroit artist Gordon Newton.”
That artwork can be seen below:
The first Upholsterers single was ‘Apple of My Eye’, released by Sympathy for the Record Industry in 2000.
Earlier this year White shared a raft of material he recorded from his pre-White Stripes career.
‘Itchy’ by White’s old punk band Two-Star Tabernacle was posted online in November. The track was recorded in 1999 when White was going by the name Jackson White. The White Stripes would go on to release their debut album later that year.
Two-Star Tabernacle also recorded early versions of songs which would go on to become White Stripes’ songs ‘Hotel Yorba’ and ‘Now Mary’.
Third Man Records also sent members of their Vault service recordings by other White-affiliated acts The Go and Jack White & The Bricks.