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Icky Thump - Single

The White Stripes

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Customer Reviews

Beyond expectations...

Jack White has said that the forthcoming album, also titled Icky Thump, would be "very heavy." If this single is any indication, the album will be incredible. This song is guitar heavy, with a very interesting use of the new toy in Jack's arsenal, an early synthisizer which can play only one note at a time. Here, it sounds similar to the instruments played by snake charmers, or, at least, as snake charmers were portrayed in the cartoons that I watched growing up, but you get the point. This is a dirty stomp of a song, with the simple, yet extremely effective drumming of the beautiful Meg, who has an uncanny knack for knowing when not to play, which thereby spotlights, at every appropriate moment, the abject mastery of a guitar, as wielded by Mr. White himself. Can you tell I am a fan? I know that the rest of the candy cane nation will rejoice for the return of guitar heavy, down and dirty blues as interpreted/created by the hardest rocking duo ever. But I digress...

An Explanation of His "Political" View

This is an awesome song and before you start criticizing his "political" views, you should check out what the song is actually saying: It starts off with a drunk White American who goes to Mexico and meets a Mexican chica. He then starts demanding things from her as if he's all that. She is obviously pissed at this so she drugs him with: "candy cane Black rum, sugar cane Dry ice (and) something strange" He then passes out. "La la la la la la la La la la la la la la" He wakes up and realizes that he had just been robbed... "Went home and learned how To clean up after myself." this line alludes to how many Mexican immigrants in America are house cleaners and clean up after "White Americans". he goes home and realizes that he's an idiot... and decides he'd better start cleaning up after himself. the moral of the story is, you can't use immigrants and then treat them like crap. Because what you don't realize is that the immigrants you use actually have the upper hand. so you'd better treat them nice because if they wanted too they could ruin your life. If you ever went to mexico (as an immigrant) and treated them the same crappy way you treat them here, you'd get beaten. "White Americans, what? Nothing better to do? Why don't you kick yourself out You're an immigrant too? Who's using who? What should we do? Well, you can't be a pimp And a prostitue too." BOooya!!! another awesome song by Jacky White!!!

The White Stripes' long-awaited single does not disappoint.

"Icky Thump," the first released song from the White Stripes' sixth studio album by the same name, impresses on every level. It is more complex than "Elephant," and brings the White Stripes into a new chapter of their musical career. The writing and arranging are great. Meg is still as solid as ever. Though it's not the most vocally demanding White Stripes song, Jack is still great and moves around with ease. Hopefully this is a good taste of what is to come on the new album. "Icky Thump" was well worth the wait, and shows that the White Stripes are still as nimble as ever.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The White Stripes formed on Bastille Day in 1997, aiming to create simple, vigorous rock & roll with little more than Meg White's percussion and Jack White's guitar-and-vocal attack. Meg's drumming was deliberate and straightforward, while Jack's formidable guitar skills paid homage to garage rock, blues, and punk. A former drummer for the Detroit-based country outfit Goober & the Peas, he also displayed an affinity for American folk music, and the White Stripes took strength in the varied...
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