Not every song that comes from your favorite artists is necessarily destined to get on the radio. Album cuts exist for a reason, and some of the deeper sides of your favorite albums are reserved when the musicians think that it’s time to get a little bit strange. And while all of these aren’t going to be singalongs in the truest sense, they didn’t leave us short on things to talk about.
Coming from the same people that gave you the greatest songs in rock history, these are the kind of tunes that just make you shake your head and wonder just what the hell they were thinking. First of all though, that does not automatically mean that the song in question is bad. If anything, some of these songs are certainly a trip just for how weird some of the tangents are that they go on. When you listen to them in the context of the rest of their work though, this is some really freaky stuff, either using different recording techniques that they never would have thought of for their singles or just having a super weird premise for a song that they insisted on trying out when having an off day in the studio.
There’s usually a certain formula that you have to reach to get a great rock song on the radio, but anything goes when it comes to these songs. Structure is for the weak, and these songs are content to do their own thing and not give a damn what you say about it.
10. Aluminum - The White Stripes
The core foundation behind every White Stripes song is getting rock and roll back to its roots. Since it was only Jack and Meg White making noise in a room, you had to do something a little bit more than just play the song to bring some attitude back into rock and roll, and White Blood Cells certainly gave us our fair share of bangers. Stuck right between songs like Fell In Love With a Girl, Aluminum feels like the kind of blues that Captain Beefheart would have been proud to call his own.
Although Jack does sing on this song in some capacity, you can practically call this an instrumental, with half of the track being driven by Meg's drum beat and the sound of Jack slowly working his way down the lowest strings of his guitar. There isn't much here that constitutes a song structure or anything like that, especially when Jack comes in scat singing, which just adds another layer of craziness halfway through the track.
Since the band had started to work in a real studio instead of Jack's living room at this point, this feels like the product of them working with the new facilities and seeing what happens, with the filter on Jack's voice making it sound more like a stock sound effect rather than anything actually human. The studio may have gotten a little bit nicer, but this was still the same band that was born in a garage, looking to cause chaos wherever they went.