I junked the earlier post I wrote on why I think The White Stripes are excellent. It basically boils down to this: he plays cheap old guitars and sometimes turns them up very loud (just like I used to in my bedroom) and she can't play the drums very well (just like your mate couldn't). The difference between them and us being, of course, talent and charisma. I'm 46 and currently clean out mobile decontamination units to make ends meet. I still have a cheap guitar that I play in my bedroom.