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52. The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl



So basic and guttural is Fell In Love With A Girl that the second it’s over there’s a compulsion to take the needle back to the start, just to make sure that that was what you heard first time round. And despite the fact that its brevity makes repeat plays pretty easy, the song never becomes any less stark. Indeed, part of that starkness lies in the song’s length – a short, sharp shock of garage noise to jolt you awake. But the way the blast is constructed – Jack White’s frenzied, Mexican-accented yelp and thin, stop-start guitaring, Meg White’s sloppy time-keeping and take-no-prisoners approach to her drum kit – all adds up to the most feral, demonic of creatures – the post-chorus ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-aaaaahs sound like the Monkees taking over the mental asylum. It is, in short, a fearsome song. “I’ve said it once before but it bears repeating now”, sings Jack White several times throughout it. He could almost be talking about his own tune.

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  1. simon permalink
    04/11/2009 1:53 pm

    Crush Cult Classic! Perfect for any 2 minute pre-news gap that can’t be filled by anything else!!

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