The favorite riff of World Cup soccer will continue to be stolen as a bassline for all sorts of mash-ups. This one is the best.
YouTubeThe White Stripes.Since the White Stripes’ biggest single, “Seven Nation Army,” has been officially classified as a folk song, we can only imagine that the favorite riff of World Cup soccer will continue to be stolen as a bassline for all sorts of mash-ups. Here, we document as many of those “Seven Nation Army” covers and remixes as we can find.
But as far as remixes go, this “Seven Nation Army”exercise in re-imagining is pretty special. For one, producers The Bastard Brothers (awful name, but what can you do) top White’s marching guitar riff with a scratchy blues vocal by Son House. Given Jack White’s obsession for the blues and admiration for Son House, the legendary blues guitarist who died in Detroit in 1988, that’s an inspired choice.
The song selection is also an inside joke — Son House sings his version of Blind Willie Johnson’s “John the Revelator” over Jack White’s guitar. That classic track was the genesis for the White Stripes song, “Cannon.”
And don’t forget the addition of Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise,” which is sampled in and out of the remix track. The classic opener of “It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” has an immediate, if temporary Detroit connection — Public Enemy, of course, will be headlining this year’s Detroit Electronic Movement Festival in May.
Check out the song below.