"Is Meg White a Good Drummer?" Discourse Has Returned
Let's bring back the "should they have a bassist" debate as well!
That's a quote from 2003's School of Rock, which is around the last time "Is Meg White a good drummer?" discourse was relevant. But now, thanks to the wonders of Twitter, the long-since-resolved question of whether the White Stripes would have been better with a different drummer has returned.
As of this writing, "Meg White" is a trending topic on Twitter. It all started with former journalist Lachlan Markay, who tweeted, "The tragedy of the White Strips is how great they would have been with a half decent drummer. Yeah yeah I've heard all the 'but it's a carefully crafted sound mannnn!' takes. I'm sorry Meg White was terrible and no band is better for having shitty percussion." He has since made his Twitter private — which should give some indication of which way the discourse has gone.
Since that tweet yesterday (March 13), many have extolled Meg's virtues as a drummer, pointing out why she was the perfect person for the job. Unknown Mortal Orchestra praised Meg's "impeccable taste and cool" as well as her "intuitive sense of time," while Ben Lee wrote, "If you're dissing Meg White you fundamentally misunderstand what makes music good."
Some people have pointed out that the world already has numerous examples of Jack White playing with more technically proficient drummers — including his solo work and his band the Raconteurs — and how, not coincidentally, the White Stripes still remain his most celebrated and iconic project.
Read some of the tweets below. Meanwhile, the White Stripes are preparing to reissue their beloved 2003 album Elephant, which turns 20 on April 1, and definitely wouldn't be the same with anyone else behind the kit.
but we have multiple examples of him playing with different drummers. i saw the white stripes play probably 10 times or something and there's no one like meg white. kids would lose their mind to her drumming— UMO (@UMO) March 14, 2023
reminds me: when i was just a kid i found myself hanging backstage with meg white and she was draped across a couch in full skintight leather and gave me a bottle of jameson— UMO (@UMO) March 14, 2023
If you're dissing Meg White you fundamentally misunderstand what makes music good— Ben Lee (@benleemusic) March 14, 2023
the Meg White sucks thing is so funny to me because we have a pretty big sample size of Jack White playing with other drummers and the music is uniformly much worse!!!— Alex Shephard (@alex_shephard) March 13, 2023
One time NIN played a prank where Trent announced "new drummer" and posted a pic with Meg White+ the band for just one hour and boy the fanbases lost it pic.twitter.com/QGv5WTABqe— Peppa Bridgers (@PeppaBridgers) March 14, 2023
People debating Meg White's drumming again. I don't know much about music, but I know it's not possible for a person who is 50% of a great band to be bad. It reminds me of something Chris Rock said: "I don't know what Oates does, but Hall never had a hit record without him."— Joe Dator (@JoeDator) March 14, 2023