Blackwell uprooted the tape while digging through his own collection as part of Discogs’ Cassette Week, happening at independent music stores through October 13th.
“In late 1997, an aptly-named teen trio called 400 Pounds of Punk (also from St. Clair Shores) recorded a handful of tracks in a makeshift home studio at 1203 Ferdinand Street in Southwest Detroit,” Blackwell wrote in a Cassette Week essay.
“An unlisted hidden fifth track is a rude cover of Blondie’s ‘One Way Or Another’ with vocal duties shared by the band’s lead singer Jamie Cherry and one of the session engineers, a then-unknown Jack White.”
While Cherry takes the lead on the Parallel Lines cover, White’s trademark vocals – captured here around the onset of the White Stripes – are also evident.
Blackwell added that the unpolished cover is “as far as I can tell, the rarest physical release of a Jack White performance. And prior to the mention here, the release was completely undocumented. I doubt more than a half-dozen people even knew about it.”