THE WHITE STRIPES CONTINUE GREATEST HITS CELEBRATION WITH RERELEASE OF TWO CLASSIC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PERFORMANCES

12/14/2020

“DEAD LEAVES AND THE DIRTY GROUND” AND “WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS”

STREAMING NOW EXCLUSIVELY VIA NBC.COM AND THE SNL YOUTUBE CHANNEL


RARE B-SIDES NOW AVAILABLE DIGITALLY WORLDWIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME


THE WHITE STRIPES LIVE AT 40 WATT IN ATHENS, GA

AVAILABLE TODAY THROUGH DECEMBER 20

EXCLUSIVELY VIA THIRD MAN RECORDS BANDCAMP IN SUPPORT OF STACEY ABRAM’S FAIR FIGHT ORGANIZATION & THE UPCOMING GEORGIA RUNOFF ELECTIONS


THE WHITE STRIPES GREATEST HITS OUT NOW

DEBUTED AT #1 ON BILLBOARD CURRENT ROCK ALBUMS CHART,

#1 ON CURRENT ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS CHART,

#2 ON VINYL ALBUMS CHART


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The White Stripes Greatest Hits (Standard Cover) | Photo by Pieter M. van Hattem


Third Man Records and Columbia Records are continuing to mark this month’s release of The White Stripes Greatest Hits with the rerelease of two legendary performances on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground” and “We’re Going To Be Friends” – both from the White Stripes’ one and only SNL appearance on October 19, 2002 – are streaming now exclusively at NBC.com and the official Saturday Night Live YouTube channel.


WATCH “DEAD LEAVES AND THE DIRTY GROUND (ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE)”

WATCH “WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS (ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE)”


Additionally, as a special Greatest Hits celebration surprise, a handful of international single b-sides have been released digitally worldwide, marking their first digital release in the US & Canada. Head to your favorite digital music service to check out the single updates. Find the full list of newly available b-sides below.

Today also sees the release of The White Stripes Live at 40 Watt in Athens, GA, an 11-track live collection recorded September 27, 1999 at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA and available exclusively via the official Third Man Records Bandcamp through Sunday, December 20 only (full track list and cover art below). Proceeds will directly benefit Fair Fight, the voter participation advocacy group founded by Stacey Abrams, and their ongoing work to protect the rights of eligible voters in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit Fair Fight HERE.

The White Stripes Greatest Hits debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Current Rock Albums and Current Alternative Albums charts, as well as hitting #2 on the Vinyl Albums chart. The album also reached #4 on the Billboard Top Albums and Top Current Albums charts.


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The first-ever official anthology of recordings from the iconic rock duo, Jack and Meg White, The White Stripes Greatest Hits collects 26 previously released songs including “Seven Nation Army,” “Fell In Love With A Girl,” “Hotel Yorba,” “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground,” “Hello Operator,” “Icky Thump,” “Apple Blossom,” and more (full track list below). The White Stripes Greatest Hits is available now digitally worldwide and on vinyl (2xLP black vinyl) and CD in the US, as well as on CD in Canada. Vinyl and CD for the rest of the world will be available on February 12, 2021.


Praise for The White Stripes Greatest Hits:

 

“Long live the greatest hits album… The White Stripes show the joy and the oddness of a collection of hit singles… The sequencing feels like yet another example of the band’s penchant for dualities… In between those poles is a comprehensive rundown of the band’s many feats.” --The New Yorker


“[A] warranted and even necessary revisionism for one of the great (and misunderstood) bands of their era.”

-UPROXX


“These 26 songs are a reminder of just how potent they could be together, and that’s as compelling a reason as any to dig into their music all over again.”

-Paste (9.0)


“(The White Stripes Greatest Hits) neatly reflects the evolution of the band without ever becoming a predictable, chronologically ordered Singles Collection…the album makes space for everything, flowing neatly between vibes rather than eras.”

-CLASH (8/10)


“The breadth and depth of how much they did while still keeping it (relatively) simple is so evident. It’s almost as if we’re primed to rediscover the band all over again. Which is no small joy.”

-DIY (5/5)


“The phenomenal essence of the Stripes, as timeless and potent as ever.”

-MOJO (4/5)


“A rowdy gathering of rock, roll and everything in between… You’d be hard-pressed to imagine how two musicians could manage the feat of making music that delivered the fluidity of Jimi Hendrix, the vigour of Led Zeppelin and the compacted history of blues/country in one complete, combustible package.”

-The Irish Times (4/5)


WATCH “LET’S SHAKE HANDS”

WATCH “APPLE BLOSSOM”

WATCH “BALL AND BISCUIT (LIVE IN TOKYO 1993)”


The White Stripes Greatest Hits has been heralded with an array of video premieres, including an all-new animated music video for “Let’s Shake Hands,” the first song the band recorded in their living room and originally released as a 7-inch single in 1998. Directed by Wartella (Cartoon Network’s Mad), the clip is streaming now via YouTube. What’s more, 12 of the album’s groundbreaking and influential official music videos have been newly remastered in HD, including such classic clips as “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground,” “Icky Thump,” “Fell In Love With A Girl,” “The Hardest Button to Button,” “Hotel Yorba,” “Seven Nation Army,” and “We’re Going To Be Friends.” Recent weeks have also seen the arrival of a Wartella-directed animated video for “Apple Blossom” as well as a never-before-seen live performance video of “Ball and Biscuit” from the White Stripes’ October 22, 2003 show at Tokyo, Japan’s Shibuya-AX. Be sure to subscribe to The White Stripes YouTube channel for additional archival premieres and much more.



DIGITAL SINGLE B-SIDES AVAILABLE NOW:

You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) [Acoustic] – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) b-side

Lovesick (Live at The Forum) – Fell In Love With A Girl b-side

Shelter of Your Arms – The Denial Twist b-side

The Denial Twist (Live) – The Denial Twist b-side

As Ugly As I Seem (Live) – The Denial Twist b-side

Good To Me – Seven Nation Army b-side

Black Jack Davey – Seven Nation Army b-side

Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights) – Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights) Single

Black Math (Live Under Blackpool Lights) – Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights) b-side

Do (Live Under Blackpool Lights) – Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights) b-side

Screwdriver (Live) – My Doorbell b-side

St. Ides of March – The Hardest Button To Button b-side

Who’s A Big Baby? – Blue Orchid b-side

You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket (Live from Belfast) – Blue Orchid b-side

Blue Orchid (High Contrast Mix) – Blue Orchid b-side

Though I Hear You Calling, I Will Not Answer – Blue Orchid b-side

Who’s To Say – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself b-side

I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman (Live on BBC Radio 1, John Peel Show) - I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself b-side


The White Stripes Live at 40 Watt in Athens, GA

(Third Man)



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Track List:

1. Sugar Never Tasted So Good

2. Good To Me

3. Suzy Lee

4. Let’s Build A Home

5. Jolene

6. Astro

7. Jimmy The Exploder

8. Broken Bricks

9. I’m Bored

10. Slicker Drips

11. The Big Three Killed My Baby


Recorded September 27, 1999, at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA

Recorded to cassette by Ben Blackwell

Tape restoration by Jamie Howarth at Plangent Processes, August 2019

Mastered by Bill Skibbe at Third Man Mastering, Detroit, August 2019

Cover photo by Ben Blackwell