Jack: "Meg loves peppermints, and we were going to call ourselves The Peppermints. But since our last name was White, we decided to call it The White Stripes. It revolved around this childish idea, the ideas kids have - because they are so much better than adult ideas, right?"
Ben Blackwell: When I first heard about them naming the band the White Stripes, I thought people were going to think they were a skinhead band. Originally they were tossing back and forth the names Bazooka and Soda Powder, so after hearing the other names they had come up with, the White Stripes didn't seem so bad. Meg came up with it, and the story about them getting it from the candy might be true, but they also had some old bricks in front of the house in the garden that said "White" on them, and that might have had something to do with it. That whole first year, every single person misprinted the band name -- it was always "White Stripe" or "White Strike" or "White Strikes." It never got printed right, for a whole year." Ben Blackwell: "They were opening for Two Star Tabernacle and were misbilled that night as the White Lines. Of course, that wasn't as bad as when they played the Magic Bag one night and were billed as the Light Strikes."
"I put out the first two singles. That whole first year, every single person misprinted the band name--it was always 'White Stripe' or 'White Strike' or 'White Strikes'. It never got printed right-for a whole year." -Dave Buick, Founder, Italy Records; bassist the Go
2.7 How did they come up with the name?
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