A decades-old cassette featuring the earliest known recording by Jack White — in which he sings on a cover of Blondie‘s 1979 hit single “One Way or Another” — has been found and posted online by Ben Blackwell, White’s longtime partner at his Third Man Records label and recording complex.
Blackwell unearthed the tape while digging through his own collection as part of Cassette Week, happening at independent music stores through October 13th. The track was one of several recorded in late 1997 by 400 Pounds Of Punk, a Detroit teen trio for whom White acted as a recording engineer.
Blackwell wrote about the cassette, “An unlisted hidden fifth track is a rude cover of Blondie’s ‘One Way Or Another’ with vocal duties shared by the band’s lead singer Jamie Cherry and one of the session engineers, a then-unknown Jack White.”
While Cherry handles lead vocals on the track, White’s trademark voice can be heard. Blackwell wrote, “As far as I can tell, (this is) the rarest physical release of a Jack White performance. And prior to the mention here, the release was completely undocumented. I doubt more than a half-dozen people even knew about it.”
White and Third Man announced earlier this week that he is working with the Raconteurs on their first album in a decade.