Mindless Self Indulgence's Jimmy Urine isn't trying to start a feud with Jack White. He just wants some props.
Urine has made the viral rounds with a onstage rant in Phoenix in which he accuses White of ripping off his vocal style -- and also pleads for the White Stripes to get back together. But Urine says his statements were made only after others pointed out the similarities to him.
"His new record ('Blunderbuss') came out, and a million times I'm hear from people, 'Jack White...ripped you,' " says Urine (nee Euringer), 43, who founded the synth-rock group during 1997 in New York City. "And I'm like, 'Come on, that doesn't sound anything like us,' and they're like, 'No, it's the vocal. He's ripping your vocal stuff.' And this is from fans, friends, people in the business.
"So I'm like, 'Come on, man. You just did a (single) with Insane Clown Posse. Just mention us in something -- 'I like that band' or 'They're (expletive) cool' or 'I hate them.' Anything, you know? We're not like Justin Bieber...We're free to say whatever we want. I could make any tasteless Ann Frank joke and not get repercussions from it. So I'm not afraid to say what I think about (White)."
Urine says he and the rest of MSI are used to be slighted like that. Since ?? the group has released five studio albums, but he feels that, "We're like everybody's dirty little secrets. That take little bits from what we do but never mention us. We're like the Rodney Dangerfield of bands. But we live with." MSI's fans, though, did band together to help fund the group's upcoming "How I Learned to Stop Giving a S*** and Love Mindless Self Indulgence" through Kickstarter, which led to a label deal for a May 14 release.
"We started out when you'd make a record and no one would steal it, but now they do," Urine explains. "So this time we said, 'We're not gonna give you a record until you give us the money first.' We held it hostage, but we made our goal, and more, pretty quickly, so clearly people wanted something new from us."
Mindless Self Indulgence and Red Paintings perform Saturday, April 20, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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