When it comes to his love of all things vinyl, former White Stripes front man Jack White can get a bit eccentric. He's distributed 7" singles by attaching them to helium balloons; he's released a compilation of singles from his Third Man Records label that plays at an unlistenable 3rpm and now, he's planning to play records in space. According to the NME, White was recently interviewed by famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin (which is crazy enough in itself), to whom he revealed his plan.
White's secret project, to get a Third Man Records song to be "the first vinyl record ever played in outer space", revisits White's previous helium balloon project, but on an altogether more galactic scale. White stated that he is planning "to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player. And figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play."
When the interview returned to topics that didn't involve space travel, White also revealed that he couldn't have made his solo album, "Blunderbuss", while still in The White Stripes: "I didn't want to go out and make solo records if the White Stripes still existed. I thought that people would be too confused by the two ideas and a lot of people wouldn't be able to get their head around it. So, in a sense, it was something that was bound to happen one day. But I'm sad about it all the time."
The singer/guitarist has reportedly got another 12 songs in the bag for "Blunderbuss"'s follow up, and is also recording the soundtrack to Disney's "Lone Ranger" reboot which is due in cinemas next year. Where he's going to fit in his plans for intergalactic vinyl is anyone's guess...