Icky Thump (song)

Icky Thump (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Icky Thump


Artist = The White Stripes
from Album = Icky Thump
Released = April 26, 2007 (U.S., Canada)
Format = Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded = 2007
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 4:17
Label = Warner Bros. Records (U.S.)
XL Recordings (Europe)
Producer = Jack White
Last single = "The Denial Twist"
(2005)
This single = "Icky Thump"
(2007)
Next single = "Rag and Bone"
(2007)

"Icky Thump" is a Grammy Award-winning song recorded by The White Stripes. Written by Jack White, it is the first single released from "Icky Thump". [http://www.fm96.com/station/blog_brad_gibb.cfm?bid=10413 FM96 Radio, Tuesday April 10 2007] ]

History

The name of the track comes from the Northern England exclamation "Ecky Thump," roughly meaning "what the heck?" The title was then changed to "Icky" so that "teenagers would understand it better back in America," in the same way Led Zeppelin took out the "a" so Americans wouldn't call them 'Lead Zeppelin' (pronounced 'leed')"cite web
url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FsuLU_8gAU
title=Interview with Jack White
work=Later with Jools Holland
accessdate=2007-06-01
] . The phrase was popularized in an episode of The Goodies.

Music video

The music video for "Icky Thump" premiered on AOL.com at midnight EDT on May 23, 2007. The video was co-directed by Jack White and the Malloy Brothers.

The video was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, though it is set in Mexico. The video also features Mexican Spanish subtitles acting as a translation of the lyrics.

The video for "Icky Thump" debuted on MTV's Total Request Live on July 17th, 2007. This marks the first time a White Stripes video has ever been on the countdown.

Release and reception

The single was made available online through the United States and Canada iTunes Store on Thursday, April 26, 2007.cite web
url=http://www.whitestripes.com/lo-fi/news.html
title=News page
work=White Stripes web site
accessdate=2007-04-25
] The digital download has been available since June 4. The single debuted at #28 in the United States, making it not only the highest charting White Stripes single, [Jonathan Cohen, [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003580358 "Maroon 5 Makes 'Wondrous' Jump To Lead Hot 100"] , Billboard.com, May 3, 2007.] but also their first Top 40 appearance, achieving this with virtually no pop radio airplay. It peaked a week later at #26.

Third Man Records/XL Recordings also released CD and vinyl versions of the "Icky Thump" single on June 11, 2007 in the UK.cite web|url=http://www.whitestripes.com/lo-fi/news.html|title=News page|work=White Stripes web site|accessdate=2007-04-25]

The song was #23 on the Triple J Hottest 100 2007, not the first time for the White Stripes.

This song was #17 on "Rolling Stone"'s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. [No byline (December 11, 2007). [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17601851/the_top_50_albums_of_2007/5 "The 100 Best Songs of 2007"] "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2007-12-21] On December 6, 2007, "Icky Thump" was nominated for two 2007 Grammy Awards: Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "Icky Thump" won the 2008 Grammy award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. (February 9, 2008). [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/arts/music/10grammylist.html?scp=5&sq=&st=nyt "2008 Grammy Award Winners and Nominees"] "New York Times". Retrieved 2007-01-12]

Theme

Though grounded to a greater degree than the "Get Behind Me Satan" singles in straightforward garage rock, the song differed radically from previous White Stripes singles in its unusual construction: angular tempo-changes, stream-of-consciousness lyrics, and chaotic improvised snake-charming solos, played on a Univox synthesizer.

The song deals with the topic of immigration cite web
url=http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/15055805/review/15040307/icky_thump
title=Icky Thump : White Stripes :Review :RollingStone
work=RollingStone
accessdate=2007-09-22
] . The song itself seems to criticize the current immigration policy, something seen also in the video. It is thus the first political White Stripes track since "The Big Three Killed My Baby," off "The White Stripes".

The lyrics talk about someone (perhaps Jack White himself) taking a trip to Mexico in a wagon, easily crossing the border to Mexico, as opposed to the difficulties illegal Mexican immigrants face while crossing northwards. It then mentions a Mexican lady giving him a bed to sleep in, then tying him up and holding him hostage. When finally able to escape, White decides to start doing his own house chores (referring, most likely, to the hiring of illegal immigrants as very low paid house servants). In the video, when White escapes the lady's house and crosses back to the USA, he passes by Mexican workers building a wall, likely the so-called Great Wall of Mexico.

The defining verse against immigration policies comes near the end of the song:

"White AmericansWhat? Nothin' 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 pimpAnd a prostitute too."

The song also ended the 15-week run of "What I've Done" by Linkin Park at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It is the second song by the White Stripes to top the chart, after "Seven Nation Army." The song is sandwiched between the 15 week run at number 1 of "What I've Done and "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters 18 week run, separated by only the 1 week appearance of "Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven.

Track listings

7" white vinyl(companion to the "NME"-distributed record that was given away with copies of the magazine on stands June 6)cite web
url=http://www.whitestripes.com/lo-fi/news.html
title=News page
work=White Stripes web site
accessdate=2007-04-25
]
# "Icky Thump"
# "Etching" (no audio)

Standard 7" cite web
url=http://www.whitestripes.com/lo-fi/news.html
title=News page
work=White Stripes web site
accessdate=2007-04-25
]
# "Icky Thump"
# "Baby Brother"

Promo CD single
# "Icky Thump" (Radio edit)
# "Icky Thump" (Album version)

CD single cite web
url=http://www.whitestripes.com/lo-fi/news.html
title=News page
work=White Stripes web site
accessdate=2007-04-25
]
#"Icky Thump" - 4:18
#"Catch Hell Blues" - 4:16

Charts

External links

* [http://www.whitestripes.com/ Official website of the band]
* [http://www.whitestripes.com/IckyThump/single_lyrics/ Song lyrics] , made available on the White Stripes' official website.

Notes

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