JACK WHITE has revealed that he loves the gruesome footage of the operation on his broken finger, as seen in on the band’s official website and featured recently in NME.
White Stripes’ guitarist had to have an intricate operation on the damaged digit following a car crash in Detroit on July 9, forcing the band to pull out of a string of dates, including the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals (August 22-24).
“I’ve always been interested in those things,” he said. “I always watch surgery documentaries on TV, and I just thought it was an interesting little film on its own because they were playing White Stripes music in the operating room.”
He told MTV: “You see their face, then them opening the finger up, drilling screws in it, then the X-ray, and at the end he said it was beautiful. I just thought it was cool.”
Despite Jack’s injury, White Stripes have already filmed the video for their next single, ‘The Hardest Button To Button’, with ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ and ‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’ director Michael Gondry.
Filmed in New York, the video features the Detroit duo playing the song and after every few seconds being transported closer to the camera, leaving a drum kit behind.
“It’s the greatest video we’ve ever made,” White said. “I think it’s one of the greatest videos ever made. Michael Gondry is so brilliant and such a child at the same time. He’s so perfect and I love the way he works and nobody gets in his way. I can’t stop watching it. I’ve watched it 50 times, probably.”
However, the guitarist has a different opinion of the raunchy black and white video to ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’ featuring supermodel Kate Moss seductively pole-dance to the Bacharach/David cover.
“I don’t have much to say about it,” White explained. “It was completely Sofia Coppola (director)’s idea and I don’t really have a comment on it.”
White has been filling time while his broken index finger heals by producing country-legend Loretta Lynn’s latest album in Nashville.
“I got to work with Lynn, producing her album in Nashville,” White said. “She wanted to make one final album, and I put my name in, and they let me have a chance at it. It worked out really well.”
He added, “Me and Loretta have become pretty good friends since last year, and I think we work together really well.”