Published Feb 17, 2021Celebrating the release of their Greatest Hits album, the White Stripes have shared their previously unaired full live performance for the pilot episode of Sky Arts' From the Basement.
The 20-minute performance includes live takes of "Blue Orchid," "Party of Special Things to Do," "Forever for Her (Is Over for Me)," "As Ugly as I Seem," "Little Ghost" and "Red Rain," in addition to exclusive, never-before-seen B-roll from the session.
"It was beautifully filmed and the sound quality makes a performance on a regular TV show sound like a wax cylinder recording," Jack White said in a statement. "No host. Thank God."
Originally broadcast in 2007 after it was recorded live in 2005 at Maida Vale Studios in London, the Stripes' From the Basement show arrives, in part, thanks to series co-creator/producer Nigel Godrich, as well as director Sophie Muller.
"The dream of From the Basement is to capture great performances with the most direct and beautiful coverage possible both sonically and visually," Godrich said. "We were so fortunate early on to have the support of Jack and Meg who instinctively understood the concept of the show and so came to be part of it. As a result, we have this amazing snapshot of their fantastic energy and style. It's an intimate and direct performance, something magic, powerful and special. A day I will not forget."
Muller added: "Everything fell into place very quickly, and because of Meg and Jack's ease and natural chemistry with each other, I could just shoot what I saw. Whatever it was between them made it very simple, but so so special and it was an honour to be there. I just love this electrifying performance."
Previously, the group shared live performances recorded at Bonnaroo, VH1 and SNL, as well as some new music videos.
Watch their latest archival release below.