The Upholsterers were a bluesy garage punk two-piece, comprised of Jack White, of The White Stripes, and Brian Muldoon of The Muldoons. White was vocals, guitar, and piano, while Muldoon was on drums and created sounds with a worm gear saw.
White grew up and lived in Detroit, Michigan. He originally was a drummer, but decided to take up guitar at age nineteen. White was in various other bands in the mid to late 1990s such as Goober And The Peas, The Go, Two-Star Tabernacle, a brief stint with The Hentchmen, and most prominently The White Stripes. White was an upholstering apprentice of Muldoon, a family friend. Muldoon was a drummer and they formed a band. The band was short-lived, however and only released one single.
"Makers Of High Grade Suites" (SFTRI 611) was their only single, a 7" record released on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label in 2000. The track listing (with the composer) is:
"Apple Of My Eye" - (Jack White)
"I Ain't Superstitious" - (Willie Dixon)
"Pain (Gimme Sympathy)" - (Jack Starr)
The songs were recorded at Third Man Studio and produced by White and Muldoon. Those tracks were then mixed at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. The record itself came with a variety of inserts, such as a sticker for White's business 'Third Man Upholstery', his own business cards, a "fabric" sample of sandpaper, a Muldoon Studio business card and a reproduction of an WE Klomp upholstery tag. The single was pressed in a limited amount and is highly collectable, selling for around $200 on eBay.
White became famous with his other duo The White Stripes, and the group The Raconteurs. White received multiple Grammy Awards for his music with The White Stripes, and his collaboration with Loretta Lynn. Muldoon still resides in Detroit. He has taken photographs for The White Stripes' "The Denial Twist" single, which portray Jack White with a dead raccoon and Meg White playing music for a raccoon. Muldoon's photo is on the back of the single's sleeve.
Muldoon went on to form the family band The Muldoons, with his two sons, Shane (age 9) and Hunter (age 13).