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The Raconteurs (also known as The Saboteurs in Australia), are a rock band formed in Detroit, Michiganmarker, featuring four members known for other musical projects: Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather), Brendan Benson (solo), Jack Lawrence (of The Greenhornes, Blanche and The Dead Weather), and Patrick Keeler (also of The Greenhornes).

Biography

Formation

The band is based in Nashville, Tennesseemarker. According to the band's official website, "The seed was sown in an attic in the middle of a hot summer when friends Jack White and Brendan Benson got together and wrote a song that truly inspired them. This song was 'Steady, As She Goes' and the inspiration led to the creation of a full band with the addition of Lawrence and Keeler." The band came together in Detroitmarker during 2005 and recorded when time allowed for the remainder of the year. Due to the various members' success in other bands, they were quickly dubbed a supergroup. The band, however, asserted they were not, saying that the term implies something pre-planned or temporary, whereas they are actually "a new band made up of old friends."

The band has played a number of music festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America (including Oxegen in Irelandmarker, Reading Festival, Leeds Festival and Glastonbury Festivalmarker and T in the Park in The United Kingdommarker, Heineken Open'er Festivalmarker in Polandmarker, Vegoose in Las Vegasmarker, Lollapalooza in Chicagomarker, Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennesseemarker, Austin City Limits Music Festivalmarker in Austin, Texasmarker), and Coachellamarker in Indio, Californiamarker, headlining many.

The Saboteurs

The Raconteurs were renamed as "The Saboteurs" for the Australian market when it was discovered that a Queenslandmarker band was already using the name "Raconteurs". The Queensland band refused to give up their name for the amount they were offered, and instead asked for a higher price from The Raconteurs' record company, who refused to pay the greater amount. A member of the Queensland band said that they had not been informed of who was trying to buy their name and asked for the larger sum of money to see what would happen.

Broken Boy Soldiers

The Raconteurs' full-length debut, Broken Boy Soldiers, was recorded at Brendan Benson's in-home studio located in Detroit. The first single was "Steady, As She Goes/Store Bought Bones" and was released as a limited-edition 7-inch, 45 rpm vinyl record in Europe on January 30, 2006, and in North America on March 7, 2006. A CD version of "Steady, As She Goes" was released on April 24, 2006, with the B-side "Bane Rendition".

Raconteurs first performed live at the Academy in Liverpoolmarker, UKmarker, on March 20, 2006, launching a short British tour. Their first American date was the next month, on April 20 at New York Citymarker's Irving Plazamarker. Nearly nonstop touring followed, bringing the band to audiences around North America and Europe. The high profile of Jack White meant that even though the band was new, they were able to sell out mid-size venues—a rarity for a band's first tour.

Broken Boy Soldiers was released on May 15, 2006 in the UK on Third Man Recordings/XL Recordings and May 16 in the U.S. on Third Man Recordings/V2 Records. It entered the UK charts at #2 and the U.S. charts at #7.

Jack White


In November 2006, the Raconteurs played eight dates as the opening act for Bob Dylan on the north-eastern leg of his U.S. tour. On November 3, 2006, the Raconteurs performed the song "Store Bought Bones" and the title track, "Broken Boy Soldier" on Later with Jools Holland. According to Planet Sound (who had reporters in attendance), during "Store Bought Bones" White's guitar malfunctioned and they had to re-play the song. This eventually happened four times, with the band breaking up in laughter by the fourth take. The TV airing used edited pieces from all four performances and cut out any laughter. The band's cover of "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones appeared on a 40-year anniversary of the BBC live compilation. They played it live on a John Peel tribute.

The band has performed a number of covers during live shows. For instance, the set list usually includes renditions of "Bang Bang " (a song written by Sonny Bono and popularized by both Cher and Nancy Sinatra) and "Headin' for the Texas Border" by The Flamin' Groovies. Other songs the band has covered include Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy", Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?", The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks", Ron Davies' "It Ain´t Easy", Love's "A House Is Not a Motel", and Charley Jordan's "Keep It Clean". The band has also covered the song "Floating" by the Irish band Jape.

In December 2006, the band's debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, was awarded the title Album of the Year by Britain's Mojo magazine. In 2007, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The Raconteurs were nominated for two awards at the 49th Annual Grammys: one for Best Rock Album for Broken Boy Soldiers, and another for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Steady, As She Goes".

Consolers of the Lonely

The Raconteurs released their second album, Consolers of the Lonely on March 25, 2008. The first single, "Salute Your Solution", was released the same day.

The band also played tour dates including: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivalmarker on April 25, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 4, Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 13, T in the Park in Scotlandmarker on July 12, Oxegen festival in Irelandmarker on July 13 and The Open'er Festivalmarker in Polandmarker on July 4. They played at "The Pyramid Stage" at the Glastonbury Festival 2008 on June 28, at Lollapalooza on August 1, and on the main stage of Reading and Leeds Festival 2008 on August 23 and August 24, also at Austin City Limits Music Festival September 26-28, 2008. They played "The Eden Sessions" at the Eden Project in Cornwall on June 29. The band also toured the U.S. during summer 2008.

The Raconteurs played their first Montreux Jazz festival on July 7, 2008.

Members



Touring members / guest musicians

  • Dean Fertita (2006) – keyboards, percussion, guitar
  • Mark Watrous (2008) – keyboards, fiddle, percussion, violin, vocals


Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US US Rock CAN UK AUS NZ SWImarker
2006 Broken Boy Soldiers 7 3 8 2 14 12 9
2008 Consolers of the Lonely 7 3 4 8 18 21 25


Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US
Pop
US Mod US Main UK CAN
2006 "Steady, As She Goes" 54 52 1 30 4 3 Broken Boy Soldiers
"Hands" 29
"Broken Boy Soldier" 22
2007 "Level" 7
2008 "Salute Your Solution" 4 28 79 Consolers of the Lonely
"Many Shades of Black" 37
"Old Enough"
"Consoler of the Lonely"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Other contributions



Audio sample

References

  1. JH (2006). "Jack White and chums drop an album" MTV2.co.uk (accessed May 18, 2006)
  2. Double-up forces switch, Herald Sun, 2006-04-07
  3. Saboteurs of Raconteurs, Triple J Music News, 2006-04-11
  4. The Raconteurs confirm first single, NME, 2006-01-24
  5. GRAMMY.COM - 49th Annual Grammy Awards Nominee List, http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/49th_Show/list.aspx
  6. Sisario, Ben (2008-02-06), "Metallica And Pearl Jam and Kanye West and". New York Times. :2


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