Over the span of eight short years, rock duo The White Stripes churned out six memorable albums and a number of groundbreaking music videos. Their partnership with director Michel Gondry yielded four of Meg and Jack White’s most influential music videos, including “The Hardest Button to Button,” “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” “The Denial Twist” and the Lego-loving “Fell In Love With A Girl,” which won three MTV awards in 2002.
After a three-year hiatus, Meg and Jack White finally parted ways officially in 2011, but now fans of the Detroit duo are in for a visual treat thanks to Jack White’s new album and a surprise gift from Gondry.
White has released Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016, which includes the 2005 track “City Lights” that was left off The White Stripes’ fifth studio album Get Behind Me Satan. Now White has included the track as part of his new album and thanks to Gondry, “City Lights” is getting a second chance at life with a mesmerizing video.
The famed filmmaker shot the video without White’s knowledge, gifting the singer with “City Lights” after its completion. The video is a continuous shot of one person standing in a foggy shower stall, with the glass wall acting as a canvas to draw the song’s lyrics with pictures. It’s equal parts relaxing and hypnotizing.
To promote the new album, White appeared on The Tonight Show last week and hilariously burned host Jimmy Fallon for his guitar preferences.
White also appeared on NPR to talk about Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016 and discussed working with Beyoncé on Lemonade. White can be heard on the track “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” which he wrote with Beyoncé, and the two discussed forming a band. “You know, I just talked to her and she said, “I wanna be in a band with you.” I said, “Really? Well, I’d love to do something.” I’ve always loved her voice. I mean, I think she has the kind of soul singing voice of the days of Betty Davis or Aretha Franklin,” says White.
“She took just sort of a sketch of a lyrical outline and turned into the most bodacious, vicious, incredible song. I don’t even know what you’d classify it as—soul, rock and roll, whatever. “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is incredibly intense; I’m so amazed at what she did with it.”
Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016 is available now.