When we first heard the album White Blood Cells, there was little to no doubt that Jack White would become a superstar. With his band The White Stripes, a duo he formed with his then-wife Meg, White reminded us what a guitar is really capable of. The White Stripes may be no more, having disbanded in 2011, but Jack White continues to elevate garage rock to the next level as a solo artist.
Coachella invited the Grammy-winning artist to stand atop the esteemed roster as a headliner in 2015, giving longtime fans and newcomers a chance to experience his gritty, retro sounds live and in person. He may be a seasoned act at Coachella, having made several appearances with his previous bands The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, but this year marks his first go-around at the festival as a solo artist. Knowing how passionate his live shows are, we’ve rounded up ten Jack White music videos to get you properly eager for the fest’s most whimsical rocker.
LOVE INTERRUPTION (Blunderbuss, 2012)
The first single from his first solo album Blunderbuss, “Love Interruption” set the stage for White’s solo career as he showcases an evolved interpretation of the edgy, bluesy rock that we have come to love him for over the years. Paired with Ruby Amanfu’s powerhouse background vocals, the track oozes with style and soul. Talk about whetting our appetite.
SEVEN NATION ARMY (Live, 2012; Elephant, 2003)
While “Seven Nation Army” was a White Stripes favorite, Jack White has no trouble reinvigorating the song with new vim and vigor on the solo frontier. This live performance is wholly emblematic of what you can expect to see at Coachella: ripping guitar solos, passionate fury, and White’s unmistakable lyrics that simultaneously flash us back to the past and hurl us into the future of rock n roll.
LAZARETTO (Lazaretto, 2014)
Partially inspired by poems and short stories that White wrote in his teen years, his latest album Lazaretto is chock full of roaring, blazing sound that hits you down to the bone. With stunning black and white imagery mixed with jarring breaking glass, and not to mention some key folk violin, the track and first single off the album embraces White’s refusal to stay rooted in one genre, and instead reach across the aisles and infuse complexly layered harmonies from various basecamps.
SIXTEEN SALTINES (Blunderbuss, 2012)
Directed by revolutionary music video director AG Rojas, “Sixteen Saltines” encapsulates the rebellious spirit that goes hand in hand with White’s music. In fact, it was with his live performance of the track on Saturday Night Live that prompted Blunderbuss to skyrocket in popularity.
FREEDOM AT 21 (Blunderbuss, 2012)
If it’s high-octane energy you want, then “Freedom at 21” is the song for you. The video flaunts women riding on the hood of White’s speeding car, prison girls dancing all over him, and other numerous throwbacks to 90s video culture, making it probably one White’s flashiest videos to date. We can only hope that his Coachella appearance will have even a fraction of this sass.
WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE (Lazaretto, 2014)
“Would You Fight For My Love,” on the other hand, showcases a more vulnerable side of White that we don’t often get to see. Sitting at a bar, looking into the camera as he croons about the woes of love, and donning some wicked sideburns to boot, the rock ballad easily sweeps us in, inevitably whipping us into some shredding guitar at its climax. The man knows how to toy with our emotions.
I’M SHAKIN’ (Blunderbuss, 2012)
In the video for “I’m Shakin’,” we are treated to a battle of old school versus contemporary rock, embodying how White’s music transcends genres and timelines. White is back with Ruby Amanfu as they take on themselves, and as two featured dancers collide the moves of back then with the moves of now. This track is fully fun and flirty, and we love every minute of it.
THAT BLACK CAT LICORICE (Lazaretto, 2014)
The latest video from Lazaretto, “That Black Cat Licorice” is whole new terrain for White. Not only is it psychedelically animated, but you can also immerse yourself in the interactive version, which shows a live-action White miming the cartoon. If you’ve ever wanted to feel a little more hands-on with your Jack White viewing experiences, now is the time.
DEAD LEAVES AND THE DIRTY GROUND (White Blood Cells, 2002)
Sometimes it’s simply too hard to not look back to the past, and it appears that Jack White isn’t afraid to embrace his roots of stardom. “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” was the first track off of The White Stripes’ third album White Blood Cells, and it has since been an iconic moment in garage rock’s history. Just hearing that initial guitar melody feels like coming home again.