Jack White Covers Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’: Watch
By Shannon Carlin
White kicked off a recent show in Dublin — yes, that same one where they pulled the plug on him, but he just kept on playing — with a cover of Kanye’s “Black Skinhead.” The few second instrumental tribute is pure White, giving Yeezus that bluesy downhome feel we didn’t know it was missing.
The cover eventually melds into White’s Lazaretto track, “High Ball Stepper.” Later in the show, White teamed up with The Kills, a band that features his Dead Weather bandmate, Alison Mosshart, for “Love Interruption” and “Goodnight, Irene.”
During the World Cup (and every other recent sporting event) you might have heard the crowd chanting the White Stripes “Seven Nation Army,” White is aware of this too, and says that’s when he realized it was a hit. He told KROQ (a Radio.com station) that it had become a soccer anthem years ago in Europe.
“A friend of mine was on his honeymoon. And sat on the beach, and there was a cruise ship, and the passengers on the ship were chanting it. He wrote me a letter and said ‘I can’t believe what just happened,’” White explained. “That year, the president of Italy chanted it from a balcony in Rome, because Italy won the World Cup. So those were a couple of moments where I said, ‘I think the song is connecting with people.’”