MUSIC NERD MOMENT OF THE DAY: The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’

It’s kind of crazy to think that it’s been ten years since this song was released. In the eyes of many a critic, music fan, historian, etc., this is probably the song that put the whole entire world on notice about Jack and Meg White, collectively known as The White Stripes. True, the Detroit duo actually already had lots of success previous to this song and the album it came from, Elephant. They had released three albums previous to it: The White Stripes (1999), De Stijl (2000) and White Blood Cells (2001), and quickly became independent music darlings of the music world, especially with the song “Fell In Love With a Girl”. For a good long while, even if you weren’t a rock fan or a fan of their music, you’d hear nothing but people raving about The White Stripes in the early 2000s. But “Seven Nation Army” was really where the ish hit the fan for Jack and Meg…in a good way. Meg’s simplistic but effective drumming contrasts Jack’s slicing and violently good acrobatics on guitar and bass without pause. Legend has it that the song’s name comes from the fact that as a child, Jack White used to mispronounce the name of the Salvation Army, and that he wrote the riff on a sound check in Australia. 10 years later the song is ingrained in the psyche of popular culture having pretty much replaced “We Will Rock You” by Queen as the seminal large sports event anthem, from bands playing the tune at American college football games to the voices of thousands of soccer fans in some of the worlds biggest stadiums chanting the song to rile up their respective teams. Funny how a song about gossip has seemed to take over the world.

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