Yeastie Boys Mix Tape

Yeastie Boys Mix Tape – Track Five

The Song


The song Me, White Noise, is an unlisted track from Blur’s seventh album Think Tank, released in 2003. It pops up about five minutes after the “last” track on the album – Battery In Your Leg. Or even sneaker, sometimes it’s hidden in the pregap before the first track. To find it you had to start playing the CD and then rewind once track one started.

It also features Phil Daniels on vocals. The English actor is perhaps best known these days for his monologue of sorts in the Blur track Parklife. Legend has it, the song was recorded when the band and actor were quite drunk.

To make things more confusing there is also an alternate version of the song sung by Blur’s singer Damon Albarn. That has different lyrics (aside from the chorus) and appeared as a B-side to the single Good Song.

And here I was thinking the beer was named after The Living End song White Noise.

The beer
As you might expect, White Noise (the Yeastie Boys dropped the “Me” from the song title) is a white beer. Even calls itself a “White Beer” right on the label. It’ll throw orange blossom and coconut notes and, reportedly, has not much in the way of hop characters. Which is intentional. And, similar to Gunnamatta, White Noise includes some tea leaves. I think – couldn’t find any conformation online but it tastes like it does.


The reason, from Yeastie Boys’ Stu McKinlay:

Another British musical reference here, with Me, White Noise being a hidden track at the start of Blur’s 2003 album Think Tank.

I simply wanted a name featuring the word “white”, for this American-style wheat ale with a little NZ dry hop and chamomile. It didn’t take me long to pick White Noise as it was a track, and an album, that my family and I listened to a lot in the car.

I think this might be my favourite of our beer names and, although I created it for my wife (who doesn’t like bitterness – White Noise is only 9 IBU), it is one of the beers . We don’t yet make it in UK so I miss it incredibly, especially during summer.

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