Jack White releases first ever 3rpm record

By | Published on Thursday 29 March 2012

Jack White

In honour of his record label Third Man Records’ third birthday, Jack White has done the vinyl unthinkable, and released the very first 3rpm record the world has ever witnessed.

Given free to fortunate guests at a recent party held at Third Man’s Nashville base, it comprises all the singles released as part of the ‘Blue Series’, a set of one-off collaborations between White and the likes of Tom Jones, First Aid Kit, Laura Marling and, yes… Insane Clown Posse. Third Man has explained the workings of the thing, saying: “The world’s first 3rpm record is a study in contradictions – it’s cut at the slowest speed yet it plays faster than anything you’ve ever heard”.

The label adds: “It’s a compilation of seven-inch records but it’s packaged like a twelve-inch. But the twelve-inch sleeve is made like our seven-inch sleeve (as it is one continues piece of paper folded in half and put into an acetate sleeve). A bit like a snake eating its own tail”. No, I don’t really know what that means either.

But vinyl buffs can read more here. And for everyone else, here’s good old Jack’s Insane Clown collaboration, the delightfully-titled ‘Leck Mich Im Arsch’.