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"Seven Nation Army"
"Seven Nation Army" cover
Single by The White Stripes
from the album Elephant
Released May 13, 2003 (UK)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded  ???
Genre Alternative
Length 3 min 52 s
Label XL Recordings
V2 Records (CD radio promo)
Producer(s) Jack White
Peak chart positions
The White Stripes singles chronology
"Candy Cane Children"
(2002)
"Seven Nation Army "
(2003)
"I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself"
(2003)

"Seven Nation Army" is the first track on the album Elephant by American rock band The White Stripes. It was released as a single in 2003, and won a Grammy for Best Rock Song. The song is known for its underlying riff, which plays throughout most of the song. Although it sounds like a bass guitar (an instrument the group had famously never previously used), the sound is actually created by running Jack White's semi-acoustic guitar (a 1950s style Kay Hollowbody) through a whammy pedal set down an octave. The riff was composed at a sound check before a show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, according to the set notes in the Booklet which accompanied the Under Blackpool Lights DVD. ImageMetadata File history File links 7nationarmy. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... 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In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... kicks ass --clayton kicks ass hard! ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... The White Stripes are a Grammy Award-winning American rock music duo from Detroit, Michigan consisting of songwriter Jack White on guitar, piano, lead vocals, and Meg White on drums, percussion and vocals. ... Candy Cane Children is a single by The White Stripes. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... I Just Dont Know What To Do With Myself is a single by The White Stripes. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elephant is the fourth album by American rock band The White Stripes, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The White Stripes are a Grammy Award-winning American rock music duo from Detroit, Michigan consisting of songwriter Jack White on guitar, piano, lead vocals, and Meg White on drums, percussion and vocals. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 46th Grammy Awards were held on the February 8, 2004. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rock Song has been awarded since 1992. ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... kicks ass --clayton kicks ass hard! ... The Digitech Whammy is a pitch-shifter effects pedal manufactured by Digitech. ... Melbournes CBD has grown to straddle the Yarra River in three major precincts. ... Under Blackpool Lights is the only official The White Stripes DVD. The DVD consists of 26 tracks recorded at The Empress Ballroom, Blackpool. ...


The song also shows a rare example of the Phrygian Half Cadence in popular music. In Western musical theory a cadence (Latin cadentia, a falling) is a particular series of intervals or chords that ends a phrase, section, or piece of music. ...


According to White, "Seven Nation Army" was what he used to call the Salvation Army as a child.[1] Shield of The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a non-military evangelical Christian organization. ...


In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Seven Nation Army" at number 8 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[citation needed] Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ...


In September 2005, NME placed "Seven Nation Army" at number 5 in its list of the 50 Greatest Tracks Of The Decade. Sometimes confused with the Canadian music magazine Music Express The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ...

Contents

Track listing

CD

  1. "Seven Nation Army" - 3:52
  2. "Good to Me" - 2:06
  3. "Black Jack Davey" - 5:06

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The Raggle Taggle Gypsy. ...

7"

  1. "Seven Nation Army" - 3:52
  2. "Good to Me" - 2:06

7" (Promo)

  1. "Seven Nation Army" - 3:52
  2. "In The Cold, Cold Night" - 2:58

CD (Radio Promo)

  1. "Seven Nation Army" - 3:52

Music video

The video, directed by Alex and Martin, consists of one seemingly continuous shot through a tunnel of mirrored black, white and red triangles, each containing a picture of either Jack or Meg playing. During the video, when the song reaches a rockish point, lights flash. Images of walking skeleton soldiers (a reference to Ray Harryhausen's Jason and the Argonauts) also appear regularly. An elephant (referring to the name of their album) appears once near the end. As the pace of the song speeds up, the speed that one "passes" through the tunnel speeds up, and as it slows, the speed through the tunnel slows. Alex and Martin are a music video directing duo. ... Jack White (occasionally Jack III White or Jack White III), born John Anthony Gillis on July 9, 1975 in Detroit, Michigan is a Grammy-winning rock musician, singer, and music producer. ... Megan Martha White (born on December 10, 1974, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan) is best known as the drummer of Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. ... Ray Harryhausen (born June 29, 1920 in Los Angeles, California) is an American producer and, most notably, a special effects creator. ... Jason and the Argonauts (1963) is a fictional fantasy adventure movie based upon the characters Jason and the Argonauts of Greek mythology, regarded by many critics as one of the best fantasy films ever made. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... Elephant is the fourth album by American rock band The White Stripes, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...


Cover versions

  • During his Rap©ital tour, in 2005, the Italian rapper Frankie Hi-NRG MC also covered the song using Fight da faida vocals, song contained in his album Verba manent.
  • The track was sampled by the rapper, Apathy for his 12" single entitled It Takes A Seven Nation Army To Hold Us Back.
  • The Flaming Lips recorded a version of Seven Nation Army, dubbed "Harry Potter's and George W. Bush's Severed Head Army Mix". The lyrics to this version were evidently inspired by the Butthole Surfers song, "Moving To Florida".
  • The Hives performed this song as a part of a medley, when they got to choose their favourite songs the recent years, when Swedish musicshow "Musikbyrån" celebrated 10 years.
  • Metallica performed this song also as a part of a medley during the MTV VMA's 2003.
  • The Veronicas also performed this song as part of a medley during shows on their US tour in February 2006
  • Freddy De Vadder has famously parodied the song known in Belgium as "De flikken zin min moaten" (Eng: The cops are my friends), starting the song with his trademark sentence: 'k Goan up joen mulle slaon (Eng: I'm going to hit you on the face).
  • Audioslave would often perform a cover of this song at their live concerts
  • Nostalgia 77 recorded a version of this song with Alice Russell.[1]

Audioslave was an alternative/hard rock supergroup that consisted of the instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine: Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass and back-up vocals) and Brad Wilk (drums), together with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) as their lead singer. ... The Hives are a rock band from Fagersta, Sweden that first rose to prominence in the early 2000s as a leading group of the garage rock revival. ... Hard-Fi are an English Indie rock band from Staines, Middlesex - a suburban location that has significantly influenced their musical style and lyrics. ... The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are a Grammy-award winning[1] American alternative rock band. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal band, formed in 1981,[1] which has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Joscelyn Eve Stoker (born 11 April 1987), best known by her stage name Joss Stone, is a BRIT Award- and Grammy Award-winning English soul, R&B, and blues singer, songwriter, and occasional actress who has sold over nine million albums worldwide. ... Alice Russell is a British female soul singer from Framlingham in Suffolk, signed to the Tru Thoughts label. ... Jamie Cullum (born August 20, 1979) is an English jazz/pop pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Italian hip hop started in the early 1990s. ... Frankie HI-NRG MC - aka Francesco Di Gesù was born in Torino in 1969. ... Apathy (born March 8th, 1979) the self-proclaimed “King of Connecticut” (and formerly the Alien Tongue), is an underground rapper currently signed to Atlantic Records. ... The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are a Grammy-award winning[1] American alternative rock band. ... Butthole Surfers are an American punk band, founded by lead vocalist Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas, in 1981. ... The Hives are a rock band from Fagersta, Sweden that first rose to prominence in the early 2000s as a leading group of the garage rock revival. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal band, formed in 1981,[1] which has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... The Veronicas are an Australian pop rock award winning singer/songwriter duo composed of identical twin sisters Lisa Marie and Jessica Louise Origliasso (born December 25, 1984 in Brisbane) who are of Italian (Sicilian) descent. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... AFI is a three-letter acronym that may refer to: AFI (band) Air Force Instruction Armed Forces of India Amniotic Fluid Index American Film Institute Australian Film Institute Australian Foresight Institute American Football Israel association Agencia Federal de Investigación, Mexico Africa-Indian Ocean (as in AFI Region) in aviation... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Audioslave was an alternative/hard rock supergroup that consisted of the instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine: Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass and back-up vocals) and Brad Wilk (drums), together with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) as their lead singer. ... Alice Russell is a British female soul singer from Framlingham in Suffolk, signed to the Tru Thoughts label. ...

Usage in sport

  • The main riff of the song has turned into a popular chant that has become a staple at various sporting events around the world. "Seven Nation Army" was first sung during the Champions League matches of Bruges F.C. in the season 2003-2004. After the Uefa Cup match between Bruges F.C. and A.S. Roma, the Roma fans have introduced the song in Italy[2].
  • Italian futbol fans often chant the song's signature guitar riff, most notably during Italy's victory in the FIFA World Cup 2006. About 10 million Italians were supposedly singing the song across the nation the night following the championship game[3]. Coincidentally, in order to win the World Cup, a team has to play against seven different nations. The after-Cup success of the track led it to a second Italian Top Ten entry, peaking at #3.
  • Occasionally, during home futbol games, the Penn State Blue Band will play their rendition of Seven Nation Army as the team is driving down the field.
  • Recently AS Roma adopted the bass line to the song as a soccer chant, it then developed to become the leading chant for the Italian National Team helping them to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup
  • Following the success of the riff used by the tifosi of Italian national futbol team, fans of Melbourne Victory FC in Australia's A-League have begun to also use the riff at games. The widespread use of this was largely influenced by the tifosi of Italian national football team, with several fans of Melbourne Victory attending the World Cup, and taking it home and adapting it at Melbourne Victory games. Further to this, it is also used by the radio station SEN 1116 as their theme tune for their A-League broadcasts.
  • The song is also played in the Air Canada Centre during Toronto Raptors Games.
  • Isabelle Severino used Seven Nation Army as her floor music in her gold medal winning routine at the 2005 European Gymnastics Championships.

Club Brugge KV is a football club from Brugge, Belgium. ... The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... Club Brugge KV is a football club from Brugge, Belgium. ... Associazione Sportiva Roma (ISE: IT0001008876) is an Italian professional football club based in Rome and one of the major teams in Serie A, the Italian top flight. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th staging of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. ... Blue Band redirects here. ... Melbourne Victory FC is an Australian professional association football club based in the city of Melbourne, Australia. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... First international Italy 6 - 2 France (Milan, Italy; 15 May 1910) Biggest win Italy 9 - 0 USA (Brentford, England; 2 August 1948) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 Italy (Budapest, Hungary; 6 April 1924) World Cup Appearances 16 (First in 1934) Best result Winners, 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 European Championship Appearances... SEN 1116 (callsign 3AK), the acronym standing for Sports Entertainment Network, is a commercial AM radio station based in Melbourne, Australia, operating on 1116 kHz. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Isabelle Severino at the 2006 World Gymnastics Championships. ...

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ Belgian Newspaper, De Standaard
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated staff writer (2006)."Totti's time" SportsIllustrated.com (accessed July 11, 2006)

External links

  • MoreThings Al Barger's notes on the song.
  • White Stripes.net. Retrieved September 9th, 2005.
  • White Stripes.net FAQ Retrieved September 17th, 2005.
  • "Seven Nation Army" remix, with commentary from Italian sports commentator Fabio Caressa
Preceded by
"Send the Pain Below" by Chevelle
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
July 12, 2003
Succeeded by
"Just Because" by Jane's Addiction
v
The White Stripes
Jack White | Meg White
Discography
Albums and EPs: The White Stripes | De Stijl | White Blood Cells | Elephant | Get Behind Me Satan | Walking with a Ghost | Icky Thump
Singles: "Let's Shake Hands" | "Lafayette Blues" | "The Big Three Killed My Baby" | "Hand Springs" | "Hello Operator" | "Lord, Send Me an Angel" | "Party of Special Things to Do" | "Hotel Yorba" | "Fell in Love with a Girl" | "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" | "We're Going to Be Friends" |
"Red Death at 6:14" | "Candy Cane Children" | "Seven Nation Army" | "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" | "The Hardest Button to Button" | "There's No Home for You Here" | "Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights)" | "Blue Orchid" | "My Doorbell" | "The Denial Twist" | "Icky Thump"
DVDs: Candy Coloured Blues (unofficial) | Under Blackpool Lights
Other projects: Aluminium
Related articles
Sympathy for the Record Industry | Third Man Records | Ian Montone | Triple Inchophone | The Upholsterers | The Go | The Raconteurs

 
 

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