Ted Nugent: 'Jack White Lacks Soul, I'm Not Hearing a Tight Groove'

"WTF was that? No Motown soul," Uncle Ted says about White's "Fallon" performance.

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Ted Nugent has recently criticized Jack White for lacking soul in his music and overall performance, focusing on the musician's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" appearance.

"Anybody see Jack White on 'Fallon?' wtf was that? No Motown soul," Nugent tweeted.

Elaborating his stance in more detail, the Motor City Madman noted during a Fuse interview, "I was quite shocked. I don't want to be critical - I want to celebrate Detroit - but I just didn't get it.

"I know he wants to be avant-garde and I know he likes the dissonance, and I could tell he was looking for conflicting rhythms and sounds. And I'm a fan of Sun Ra, Yusef Lateef, John Coltrane, so I get that. But it doesn't make me want to shake a tail feather," he added.

"It did not make me want to shimmy. But I'm spoiled because I came up around - and created - the ultimate shimmy music of all time. I'm not hearing a tight groove [with Jack White]."

Continuing with criticism, Ted stated, "I just couldn't connect with the overt scramble for making a fashion statement with his hair, hat and suit from 1966. Sure, it was stimulating, but so is a Ferris wheel."

Pointing out that his comments shouldn't be taken as ill-willed, the guitarist added, "I wish Jack godspeed - he's made some brilliant musical statements throughout his career and I expect he will do more, but his performance was a grave letdown. And I wanted to love it because it's so Detroit. I'm so hopelessly Detroit.

"And Detroit for me means the Motown Funk Brothers, the Bob Seger groove, the Eminem groove, the Kid Rock groove, the Amboy Dukes tightness. And I know good music that makes me want to shake, and Jack didn't. I was let down. I don't think I was mean-spirited in my tweet, do you?"

Asked to single out a few contemporary musicians he loves, Nugent replied, "Oh God almighty, another Detroit monster is Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers. Their music is intoxicating between Flea and Chad Smith. They're contemporary because they're still making good records, but I don’t think there's anything new that has a groove and soulfulness.

"The Chili Peppers just stink of soul - and that's the ultimate compliment. They continue what James Brown created. I like Dave Grohl, I guess he's a little newer. It makes you shake, it's uppity and spirited."

Finally, Uncle Ted shared his thoughts on the Black Keys. "It grabs me, but not as much as it grabs some of the other people that rave about them. They have a nice funk thing going on and it reminds me of Funkadelic, but it's not quite grinding enough for me. I think the Chili Peppers out-grind the Black Keys.

"I respect and admire the Black Keys, but there's no guitar solos. With the Black Keys, I'm missing crescendos with the sax, keyboard or guitar solo. It never comes to me. All my favorite music is rife with crescendo and I'm not hearing enough with them. If you can get the Black Keys to hear this, tell them I offer my crescendo guitar anytime they desire it."

Nugent's new album, "Shutup&Jam," is due out on July 8 via Frontiers Records. Check out the recently unleashed track "I Love MY BBQ" below, as well as White's "Lazaretto" performance on "Fallon."

anybody see JackWhite on Fallon? wtf was that? No MotownSoul

— Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) June 11, 2014

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    Sewage Rat
    Obviously people bitch about Ted here but he stated his opinion clearly and did not insult anyone, one of the better Ted interviews.
    akasinan
    I know, I was surprised it wasn't directly insulting anyone or actually about music.
    entropicxdisson
    I'm wondering if anyone but Ted had same the same, would people be as pissed, Jack White is one of the most overrated guitarists ever. He plays Zepplin-esque riffs and generic indie-infused blues wankery. He only get's attention because he's "weird" and that's what sells these days. I like a lot of the White Stripes material but he's slipped off ever since.
    SkilletFan77
    Uncle Ted needs to go back to the woods.
    sweenster
    Disagree, Jack White is easily the most overrated guitarist out there today in my opinion.
    coffinpilot
    You can't overate shite . As for Ted ..... A man with small cock syndrome or what ???!!! Fucking BBQ your german helmet you incest ridden peado .
    Dokkie
    I must say i like Jack White. - but still i must agree with Ted Nugent in some way. I just saw him a few days ago, and seemed very routined but sad to say he was lifted up by his band. Maybe he is too pretentious.. I don't know But hey, cool he is out there compared to a lot of other shit out there! - Good day!
    ledzep426
    routined? he has never used a setlist in his life, not to mention he hardly plays a song the same way twice
    Jorge13ruiz
    "I love my BBQ its what Africans do." Is truly some of the greatest lyrics of our generation. In fact, not since Shakespeare has someone truly poetically expressed human emotion in such a way. Bravo Ted Nugent only you can truly make the soul stink of soul.
    Megadeth2011
    I like Jack White, but I'll be honest... Ted has a point. The last time I saw Jack, it was like he was just going through the motions and wasn't all that into the music. It was a huge letdown.
    N7Crazy
    Saw him at Roskilde Festival exactly two days ago (to the pinpoint of the hour even!) - The entire performance was one of the greatest shows I've ever been to. He put a ton of energy into each song, and you could see he was greatly passionate about the music. He was amongst the best 3 acts I saw this year, with the others being The Rolling Stones and Deftones. He took songs that I only liked before and made me love them, and took songs I already loved and made me love them even more - The entire concert was a blast, amongst the best concerts I've overall ever been to. Of course, this might not always be the case as for your experience, but I do not think Ted has a case, peticularly not when based on his performance on Fallon - It's not his best, but it's certainly not bad either.
    godofdoss
    I'll be honest, I don't think its the best song/performance from Jack White. But then I listened to to that BBQ song, What the actual F**K was that? Did a 6 year old write the lyrics? If that's the kind turgid waffle Nugent is putting out he has no right to an opinion
    Ultach
    It's obviously tongue-in-cheek.
    godofdoss
    I think my original point is getting lost a little. THE MAN WROTE A SONG ABOUT COOKED MEAT! Wtf is his next song going to be? I Love my cheese board?
    dewitt
    You must have missed his song about girl scout cookies... titled Girl Scout Cookies. It's actually not bad and has a nice riff, but yeah.
    cotlodjimmy
    and a 5 year old wrote the guitar line to jacks song. "bum, bum bum bum bum bun bum!" and a todler could have played the drum groove - Straight 1/4 beats. Its sad what passes for music these days. My advice to jack -- Take some time off get really good lessons, understand music theory and then try writing another song. Just please spare us from the atrocity that is you and the white stripes.
    godofdoss
    entropicxdisson
    or someone that knows that being simplistic to have "indie cred" is not what making music is about. As much as people on this site bitch about "rock being dead" guess what people like Jack White killed it.
    N7Crazy
    Rock has benifited a lot because of Jack - I've seen a lot of young people who were mainly interrested in pop/techno before take a interrest into blues and rock because of both The White Stripes and his solo project. He can write not only catchy, but also gritty, and overall great songs that can catch and keep the attention of people to take a deeper look into the genre of blues/rock, and that's no small feat in this day and age of a fastfood-like consumption of easy listning music.
    TomWhaley
    If there is somebody in this equation that lacks soul, it's not Jack White.
    itsgoodtobefree
    Jack White was fantastic with The White Stripes. Ever since he went solo, his music hasn't been that good. I mean, I respect this alt-country thing that he has going on, but none of his songs really grab me anymore. Some of the lyrics are pretty awful, too. As for Nugent, he's entitled to his own opinion. I saw him live a few years ago, and all the concert was was a political rally, and I lost a bunch of respect for the guy.
    matteo cubano
    the loud, rockier ones are awesome. the rest of it just has interesting elements throughout the songs but none as a whole really come together
    Naberz09
    Ted is just jealous because he only made three good songs in his entire career and Jack White has entire albums that are masterpieces.
    dewitt
    The first Ted Nugent album is a great album. The rest of his stuft is definitely hit or miss. Mostly miss.
    westley23j
    that depends on who you ask. talk to someone who grew up and listened to music from back then, they would agree with you, but only reverse the names
    crazyhorse174
    "Nugent's new album, "Shutup&Jam," is due out on July 8 via Frontiers Records." And therein lies the reason for so many Nugent articles this week. No such thing as bad publicity.
    satansnachos
    Ok everyone, we have a choice to make. Either we can bash each other's brains out about what Ted said, or we can talk about boobies. The decision is yours