Did anyone catch Jack White’s remarkable performance on the Grammy Awards telecast last weekend? It got me thinking back to where we first got to know Jack White—as frontman of garage rock duo The White Stripes. That prompted me to put “Seven Nation Army” from the proverbial vault this week.
Easily the duo’s most well-known single, “Seven Nation Army” first appeared a decade ago on The White Stripes’ fourth album (and first on a major label) Elephant. The song went on to win a Grammy in 2004 for Best Rock Song, and has placed on best-of-the-decade lists of many a music magazine since. The bass/guitar riff throughout the song is immediately recognizable, even by people who don’t actually realize where the riff comes from.
The White Stripes themselves have had a colorful and enigmatic history. Jack White and Meg White were married, then divorced but still playing together (they were already divorced when they made Elephant)—then Jack started referring to her as his sister. Jack White also took Meg’s name as his own when they married (he was born John Anthony Gillis), and obviously kept the name when they parted ways. Since The White Stripes officially called it quits two years ago, drummer Meg has kept a low profile.
Word to the wise: if you’re prone to seizures, don’t watch the following video in full screen. Lots of strobe lights going on in there. Enjoy!