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Released: April 2002

This was the one minute and 50 seconds that properly introduced Jack and Meg to the world, its frenzied assault on the senses convincing all but the most idiotic that the red and white-loving duo were the real deal and not some hyped-up bullshit. Mind you, following its worldwide success it would seem they didn’t care for this version much – when the track did make a rare live outing, it was usually the stripped-down bluesy version that Joss Stone blueprinted when she covered it and renamed it ‘Fell In Love With A Boy’. (AW)

On hearing the song on the radio for the first time:
Jack White: "I just laughed. I mean, it would be Staind, P.O.D., then us and then Incubus. Half of your brain is going, What is going on? Why are we even involved with this? This is pointless. The other half is full of people going, No, this is new, a quote revolution in music unquote, and something is going to change now, because of you guys and the Strokes and the Hives, and music is going to come back to more realism."

On the music video:
Director Michael Gondry: "As soon I heard the album, I loved the energy and kept playing ['Fell in Love With a Girl'] over and over. There's something charming and naive about their use of black, red and white imagery. I made a parallel between that and the basicness of the color of Lego blocks."
Meg White: "One day [Gondry] came to a restaurant and he had Jack's head in Lego."
Jack White: "You couldn't argue with that. When someone brings a Lego sculpture of your head to dinner and says this is what the video's going to be, you pretty much say, 'That's it, go ahead.'"

 

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