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De Stijl /də ˈstl/ is the second studio album by the American rock duo the White Stripes, released on June 20, 2000 on Sympathy for the Record Industry. The album reached number thirty-eight on Billboard's Independent Albums chart in 2002, when The White Stripes' popularity began to grow. It has since become a cult favorite among White Stripes fans, due to the simplicity of the band's blues/punk fusion.

De Stijl
The White Stripes - De Stijl.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 2000 (2000-06-20)
StudioThird Man Studio, Detroit, Michigan
LabelSympathy for the Record Industry
ProducerJack White
The White Stripes chronology
The White Stripes
De Stijl
White Blood Cells
Singles from De Stijl
  1. "Hello Operator"
    Released: May 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Boston Phoenix3/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
Stylus MagazineA−[7]

De Stijl ("the style" in English) was a Dutch art movement (including the painter Mondrian).[8] Vocalist Jack White had been an admirer of the style for some time, especially of furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld. Rietveld designed the Rietveld Schröder House, which Jack and Meg White visited while on tour in the Netherlands. De Stijl was dedicated to both Rietveld and Blind Willie McTell.

It was after the tour began for De Stijl that Jack finally closed his upholstery shop.[9]

On February 5, 2008, Canadian media reported that former Radio-Canada host Dominique Payette filed a lawsuit against the White Stripes for using a nine-second clip of her interview with a little girl at the beginning of "Jumble, Jumble". She demanded $70,000 in damages and the removal of the album from store shelves. The dispute was settled out of court.[10]

The re-issued vinyl LP version of the record was pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee and mastered all-analog from the original master tapes.[11]

In popular cultureEdit

The song "Why Can't You Be Nicer to Me?" was used in Fox animated series The Simpsons episode "Judge Me Tender".

The song "Apple Blossom" was used in Quentin Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight, and is included on the official soundtrack.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Jack White except where noted.[12]

1."You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)" 1:49
2."Hello Operator" 2:36
3."Little Bird" 3:06
4."Apple Blossom" 2:13
5."I'm Bound to Pack It Up" 3:09
6."Death Letter"Eddie James "Son" House4:29
7."Sister, Do You Know My Name?" 2:52
8."Truth Doesn't Make a Noise" 3:14
9."A Boy's Best Friend" 4:22
10."Let's Build a Home" 1:58
11."Jumble, Jumble" 1:53
12."Why Can't You Be Nicer to Me?" 3:22
13."Your Southern Can Is Mine"William Samuel "Blind Willie" McTell2:29


The White Stripes
Additional musicians
  • John Szymanski – harmonica on "Hello Operator"
  • Paul Henry Ossy – violin on "I'm Bound to Pack It Up", electric violin on "Why Can't You Be Nicer to Me?"

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (2004–05) Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 164
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[14] 137
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 38

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States 340,000[17]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Carioli, Carly. "White Stripes: Die Stijl (Sympathy for the Record Industry)". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Chick, Stevie (April 20, 2001). "The White Stripes : Die Stijl". NME. ISSN 0028-6362. Archived from the original on February 9, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Bowers, William (June 17, 2002). "The White Stripes: The White Stripes / De Stijl". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (June 25, 2001). "De Stijl". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian (2004). "The White Stripes". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 870. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Chakroff, Evan (September 1, 2003). "The White Stripes – De Stijl – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "De Stijl". Tate Glossary. Retrieved July 31, 2006.
  9. ^ Phipps, Keith (April 9, 2003). "The White Stripes", Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  10. ^ The Canadian Press (February 5, 2008). "The White Stripes sued for sampling from reporter's radio show". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. ISSN 0319-0714. Archived from the original on August 3, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2017.(subscription required)
  11. ^ "The White Stripes - De Stijl (Third Man Records) on press". Facebook. February 23, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Artist: WHITE STRIPES". Retrieved August 4, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ " – The White Stripes – De Stijl". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  14. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Kristine W – Tammy Wynette". Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  15. ^ The White Stripes - De Stijl Awards. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – The White Stripes – De Stijl". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 23, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type De Stijl in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ Garrity, Brian (May 26, 2007). "White Hot". Billboard. Retrieved April 23, 2019.