The Raconteurs are an American rock band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 2005. The band consists of Jack White (vocals, guitar), Brendan Benson (vocals, guitar), Jack Lawrence (bass guitar), and Patrick Keeler (drums). Lawrence and Keeler were originally members of the Greenhornes, while White and Lawrence went on to become members of the Dead Weather.
“Steady, As She Goes” is the debut single by the rock band The Raconteurs from their first album Broken Boy Soldiers.
A limited edition, 7-inch, 45 rpm vinyl record, was released in Europe on January 30, 2006, and in North America on March 7, 2006. It was a double A-sided single, with the relatively unpromoted “Store Bought Bones” as the flipside. A CD version of “Steady, As She Goes” was released on April 24 with the B-side “Bane Rendition”. Two further vinyl releases were produced: the first (marked ‘B’) with “Store Bought Bones” as the B-side; the second (marked ‘C’) an acoustic rendition of “Steady, As She Goes” with “Call It a Day” as the B-side. In the US, the song reached number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It achieved top ten success in the UK, where it peaked at number four, and Canada, peaking at number three.
Entertainment Weekly said the track is “less weird than what we’re used to from the ghostly singer.” Rolling Stone called “Steady, As She Goes” the second best song of 2006, just behind “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. The bass in the song, especially in the intro, has drawn comparisons to the song “Is She Really Going Out With Him?”, by Joe Jackson.
In 2007, “Steady, As She Goes” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.