Going for Guinness: Five Artists Into Breaking World Records

If there was a chart depicting competitiveness in the world of music, there would be three levels on it. Stage 1: The Pearl Jam — for artists who neither want nor need your stinking awards, and will merely shrug at the world when they accidentally win one. Stage 2: The Taylor Swift — for artists who love the award-receiving moment to a degree that borders on hysteria. And then there's Stage 3: The Crazy Pants — reserved for musicians who need recognition so badly, so desperately and so competitively, they actively try and get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Here are some notable examples of the latter kind.

The White Stripes

In 2007, Jack and Meg White did a show during which they played only a single solitary note. As proof of their own self-indulgence, they then requested an award from the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the Shortest Concert of All Time. They made it into the 2009 book, but were later removed because, according to Guinness, “the nature of competing to make something the 'shortest' by its very nature trivializes the activity being carried out.” White got all pissy about it while speaking to Interview earlier this year, calling Guinness “a very elitist organization.” Sorry Jack, but we're with Guinness on this one — giving you a record for inflicting an annoying pile of pretension onto a group of people who undoubtedly expected to hear more from you would be a totally bad example to the world. Now sod off.

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