Published May 17, 2012Jack White recently argued that the White Stripes deserved recognition from Guinness World Records for performing the shortest show ever when they played a single note in St. John's in 2007. Well, apparently his complaints didn't fall on deaf ears, as Guinness has responded to his criticisms.
The company told NME that, for a short time, the White Stripes were indeed awarded the dubious honour of the shortest-ever gig.
"The White Stripes were in fact recognized in the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records book for the shortest music concert ever when, on July 16 2007, they played just one note at St John's in Newfoundland, Canada," a Guinness spokesperson said. "Subsequent to this appearance we received a large volume of applications from bands and performers seeking to beat this record. The ultimate results of this was individuals claiming that simply appearing onstage was enough to qualify them for this record."
According to Guinness, the results were too difficult to objectively measure, but perhaps the real deciding factor was that it didn't take much talent or even effort to set a record like the shortest concert.
"The nature of competing to make something the 'shortest' by its very nature trivializes the activity being carried out, and Guinness World Records has been forced to reject many claims of this kind. As such, we have been forced to cease listing records for the shortest song, shortest poem and indeed the shortest concert."
All hope may not be lost for White, however. The company spokesperson noted, "Many of us at Guinness World Records are enormous admirers of Mr. White's oeuvre, and we would be extremely pleased if he were to attempt any of the 40,000 records that are currently active on our database."
In other words: keep on trying, Jack, and maybe apply to be recognized for creating the most expensive flexi-disc?