December 19, 2014

Two copies of a rare early recording by Jack White have been found — inside pieces of reupholstered furniture.

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Back before he started the White Stripes, White worked as an upholsterer in Detroit alongside a friend named Brian Muldoon. The pair formed a band called the Upholsterers and made two singles called “The Apple of My Eye” and “Your Furniture Was Always Dead . . . I Was Just Afraid To Tell You.” Muldoon and White were later rumored to have hidden 100 vinyl copies of the band’s second single within pieces of reupholstered furniture, but they were never uncovered until now.

According to Spin, Third Man Records has announced that two people have come forward claiming to have found two separate copies of “Your Furniture Was Always Dead … I Was Just Afraid To Tell You.” Third Man posted in part, “Recently Third Man Records has been made aware of the discovery of two different copies found by two separate individuals of the 2nd single by the Upholsterers.”

The label has posted the cover art from the original single at its website.

There are still 98 copies of the single hidden in pieces of furniture all over Detroit, so we expect more people to start opening up their couches.

  • Jack White is currently nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance — all for his latest album Lazaretto or its title track — as well as Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package as art director for the Third Man & Revenant Records-released The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-27).