Danger! High Voltage

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"Danger! High Voltage"
Single by Electric Six
from the album Fire
B-side I Lost Control (Of My Rock and Roll) (7")
Released 2002 (2002)[a]
Recorded 2000
Length 3:34
Label XL
Electric Six singles chronology
"Danger! High Voltage"
"Gay Bar"

"Danger! High Voltage" is a song by Electric Six, released as the band's debut single. Originally released as a 7" vinyl in 2002, the single was re-released by XL Recordings on January 6, 2003.[1] It reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and was named Single of the Week by the NME. It was also released on the band's debut album Fire (2003). Jack White of The White Stripes performed the secondary lead vocals on the track.[2] Members of the band have claimed in interviews that the singer was an auto mechanic named John S. O'Leary and not White,[3][4] although music critics suspected this name was a pseudonym for White.[5][6]

The song was originally recorded in early 2000,[7] when the band was under the name The Wildbunch. They were forced to drop this name following legal pressure from the Bristol trip hop collective of the same name.[8] The later album and single version was produced by British music producers, Damien Mendis and Stuart Bradbury—who also created 'club mixes' under the name of Soulchild. The song is also featured in films Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Diary of a Wimpy Kid in addition to the commercials for Subaru and the video game Forza Motorsport 6.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times called the song "catchier than anything on the radio by the White Stripes."[10] The Guardian called it "insanely catchy", though "the archetypal comic novelty single."[11] Josh Tyrangiel with Time magazine also praised the track.[12] NME's Piers Martin wrote "[Electric Six] rustle up the sort of pop-party thrash which sounds like the idiot half-brother to The Rapture’s 'House Of Jealous Lovers'. That good."[13] The song is listed at #234 on the best songs of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media. It was also featured in The Pitchfork 500.[1] Writing for The Village Voice, Amy Phillips said, "The two men shout declarations of affection to each other over a sizzling Saturday Night Fever groove, and the sax sounds as if it's being played by someone with a long, luscious mullet. The video features taxidermy and a glowing codpiece."[14]

Music video[edit]

The video for this song was produced by Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire and stars lead singer Dick Valentine and actress Tina Kanarek outfitted with a brightly flashing codpiece and bra, respectively, engaging in acts of lovemaking.

Track listings[edit]


  1. "Danger! High Voltage (Soulchild Radio Mix)"
  2. "I Lost Control (Of My Rock & Roll)"
  3. "Remote Control (Me)"


  1. "Danger! High Voltage (Soulchild 12" Blitz Mix)"
  2. "Danger! High Voltage (Thin White Duke Mix)"
  3. "Danger! High Voltage (Kilogram Mix)"


  1. "Danger! High Voltage (original 7" mix)"
  2. "I Lost Control (Of My Rock & Roll)"


  1. "Danger! High Voltage (Soulchild 12" Blitz Mix)"


Chart (2003) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 81
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 2



  1. ^ Originally released in 2002, re-released on January 6, 2003.


  1. ^ a b c Plagenhoef, Scott; Schreiber, Ryan, eds. (November 2008). The Pitchfork 500. Simon & Schuster. pp. 165–166. ISBN 978-1-4165-6202-3. 
  2. ^ "IN Interview: The Electric Six | inweekly". Inweekly.net. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ Ieg / Ecc. "Music From the Underground - Electric Six". antiMUSIC. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Electric Six Interview". Freewilliamsburg.com. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  5. ^ Haag, Stephen. "Electric Six: Fire < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  6. ^ "5 Jack White projects you may not know about". AXS. 23 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Handyside, 2013, pg. 180
  8. ^ Handyside, 2013, pg. 183
  9. ^ "Xbox Celebrates a Legacy of Innovation in Forza Motorsport 6 TV Ad". Xbox Wire. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Strauss, Neil (February 16, 2003). "MUSIC: SPINS; Burning Down the Garage". The New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-01-04
  11. ^ Petridis, Alexis (June 27, 2003), "Electric Six: Fire" The Guardian. Retrieved on 2008-01-04
  12. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (June 02, 2003), "Brilliant Idiots". Time Retrieved on 2008-01-04
  13. ^ "Electric Six: Danger! High Voltage". New Music Express. 7 January 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  14. ^ Amy Phillips. "Sax as a Weapon". Village Voice. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 4, 2003". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2003-01-18". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2003-01-18" UK Singles Chart.


  • Handyside, Chris (2004). Fell in Love with a Band: The Story of The White Stripes. Location unknown:St. Martin's Griffin

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