The White Stripes have uploaded their full 2005 From The Basement session to the internet for the first time.
The session was filmed in London’s Maida Vale studios, in November 2005. Producing the session was Nigel Godrich, longtime Radiohead producer and creator of From The Basement, alongside Grammy-winning video director Sophie Muller.
Godrich said of The White Stripes’ appearance: “The dream of From The Basement is to capture great performances with the most direct and beautiful coverage possible both sonically and visually. We were so fortunate early on to have the support of Jack and Meg who instinctively understood the concept of the show and so came to be part of it. As a result we have this amazing snapshot of their fantastic energy and style. It’s an intimate and direct performance, something magic, powerful and special. A day I will not forget.”
Muller added: “Everything fell into place very quickly, and because of Meg and Jack’s ease and natural chemistry with each other I could just shoot what I saw. Whatever it was between them made it very simple, but so, so special and it was an honour to be there. I just love this electrifying performance.”
Jack White praised the audio and video production, saying: “It was beautifully filmed and the sound quality makes a performance on a regular TV show sound like a wax cylinder recording,” and added: “No host. Thank God.”
You can take a look at the session below.
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