It's as though LA hip hop legends Jurassic 5 haven't put out any music since the Stone Age – 2006 to be precise – but they're back once again, sampling The White Stripes by using a slice of 'My Doorbell' on ‘The Way We Do It’. And they're not the first to take the liberty of lifting from Jack and Meg, either...
Apathy didn’t try too hard to hide the sample or the title of a well-known White Stripes song when he brought out ‘It Takes A Seven Nation Army To Hold Me Back’ with Emilio Lopez in 2004. No prizes for guessing which tune they borrowed from. Apathy has form where guitar bands are concerned; the rapper sampled Bloc Party’s ‘Banquet’ for a tune in 2005 as well.
Another appearance for ‘Seven Nation Army’ (and it certainly won’t be the last), this time in the unlikely guise of Miami cheesy house mogul Pitbull and his song ‘Gimme A Bottle’. He doesn’t specify what kind of bottle. Has anyone got any bleach on them?
Who won out of Pace Won and Mr Green? Pace Won. The hip hop pair didn’t just sample the White Stripes ‘The Denial Twist’, they pretty much just played the record and rapped over it on their ‘She Can Be So Cold’ track.
Popular Brighton duo Rizzle Kicks had the dope idea of stealing the main riff from ‘Blue Orchid’, tacking a beat on it and rapping all over it. Simple but effective, it’s one of the better bastardizations in this gallery.
Rizzle Kicks aren’t the only artists to use ‘Blue Orchid’. DJ and producer SebastiAn sampled a single Jack White guitar stroke looping it over and over on his 2008 Ed Banger release ‘Army’. There’s even a bit of White’s voice jumbled up in there somewhere, and it might make you shake your arse too, making it a bargain at twice the price.
Not to be confused with Bomb da Bass’ 1988 classic ‘Beat Dis’, Hardstyle Masterz version of ‘Seven Nation Army’ on the track ‘Beat Diz’ is what’s known as an ‘interpolation’ - where the sample is replayed (in order to save some money). It wouldn’t take a musicologist to work out where it originated.
Another interpolation, this time from US “funnyman” Weird ‘Al Yankovic, a man who’s sustained a three decade career replacing words with other words in well known songs and making a fortune out of it. He slips into a section of ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ on his ‘Angry White Boy Polka’ medley around the 2 minute mark. Best avoided.
Interesting title this one: ‘La Rude, Lord of the Flies’ by The Aeroplane Boys. The hip hop collective make fine use of the title track from the White Stripes’ ‘Icky Thump’. One hopes they dressed up like Pearly Kings as well.
There’s some alchemy going on in ‘The New Science’ by Kids and Explosions that’s bordering on genius. The White Stripes ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’ is chopped up seamlessly with Blur’s ‘Girls & Boys’ and it sounds a whole lot better than that might suggest.
The Kleptones is not just a clever name. The UK electronic music producer hasn’t half inched one White Stripes classic, he’s half inched two. ‘The Hardest Button to Button’ can be found on the rather verbose ‘The Underground Hand That Buttoned The Widow’, which sounds like the straight to video sequel to ‘The Hand That Rocked The Cradle’.
The other Kleptones’ track is called ‘Kick the Bus, Kick the Train’ and unusually samples Jack White’s voice from ‘Hello Operator’ instead of his guitar (or in this case piano). With Jack’s mildly hysterical vocal style disembodied and imposed over a weird soundscape he oddly sounds like Mr Claypole from Rentaghost (you might have to ask your mum who that is).
In 2010, Jermaine Dupri sampled ‘Seven Nation Army’ on his track ‘I Heard Um Say’, perhaps thinking he was the first person to do it. He wasn’t. He wouldn’t be the last either.
The Black Cats have nothing to do with Sunderland AFC whatsoever, and actually hail from Iran. Indeed, so ubiquitous was ‘Seven Nation Army’ that is even managed to penetrate the impervious Persian state that fought off all cultural interference from the west under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (and probably still does). To hear its refrain in ‘Boro’ is the anomaly to end all anomalies.
Seven Nation Army was incredibly popular in Italy, as you’re about to find out. First up it appears on madcap singer Carparezza’s rockin’ ‘La Marchetta Di Popolino’, released through Universal in 2011.
Italian Rapper Two Fingerz clearly has plenty enough understanding of British culture to know what two digits wafted into the air means, and he’s down with American blues too, lifting the descending riff from ‘Seven Nation Army’ and imposing it over a dubstep breakbeat played on a synthesizer set to cheesy.
Is it getting kind of boring that someone else has borrowed from ‘Seven Nation Army’? Lack Of Afro thinks so on the noodly soul jazz of ‘Getting Kinda Boring’ which slips the barely unrecognisable refrain from the well thumbed White Stripes classic in at the conclusion.
Oh look, it’s ‘Seven Nation Army’ again, utilised by another Italian artist we’re unfamiliar with. This is definitely an odd one by Iosonouncane on a track called ‘Summer on a Spiaggia Affollata’ (for those of you not fluent in Italian, a spiaggia affollata is a crowded beach). At the finale a cast of thousands sing the riff out of synch with each other. Genuinely disturbing, though in a good way.