Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground

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"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground.jpg
Single by The White Stripes
from the album White Blood Cells
ReleasedAugust 2002 (2002-08)
Format7" vinyl, CD single, DVD single
RecordedFebruary 2001 (2001-02) at Easley-McCain Recording, Memphis, Tennessee
GenreAlternative rock
Length3:04
LabelXL
Songwriter(s)Jack White
Producer(s)Jack White
The White Stripes singles chronology
"Fell in Love with a Girl"
(2002)
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
(2002)
"We're Going to Be Friends"
(2002)
Audio sample
Music video
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" on YouTube

"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" is a song by American garage rock band The White Stripes, featured on their 2001 third studio album White Blood Cells. Written and produced by vocalist and guitarist Jack White, "Dead Leaves" was released as the third single from the album in August 2002, charting at number 19 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.

Reception[edit]

In a review of the song for allmusic, Tom Maginnis describes "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" as a "grimy rocker", noting it as a display of the duo's "keen understanding of musical dynamics".[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song, directed by Michel Gondry, depicts Jack White coming back to his trashed London house and surveying reckless destruction. While he goes from room to room, video of the party events that led to the decimation (and of his and Meg's relationship before he left) is projected over the scenery, until in the final scene she leaves him.

Track listings[edit]

All songs were written by Jack White, except "Stop Breaking Down" by Robert Johnson.

7" vinyl (XLS 148)

  1. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
  2. "Stop Breaking Down" (Robert Johnson cover; live at the BBC Studios, Maida Vale)

CD single (XLS 148CD)

  1. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
  2. "Suzy Lee" (live at the BBC Studios, Maida Vale)
  3. "Stop Breaking Down" (live at the BBC Studios, Maida Vale)

DVD single (XLS 148DVD)

  1. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" (music video)
  2. Interview with Arthur P. Dottweiler

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[2] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 25
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[4] 3
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 19

Use in Rock Band[edit]

The song was made available to download on May 23, 2011 for play in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar / bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.[6][7]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maginnis, Tom. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground". allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2009.
  2. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "The White Stripes Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Michelle (2011-05-18). "Rock Band 3 Goes Gaga...With Foreigner". The Gaming Vault. Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  7. ^ Snider, Mike (2010-06-10). "Rock Band 3: What's New, What's Notable". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  8. ^ Endelman, Michael (October 13, 2006), "SECOND TIME IS (SOMETIMES) THE CHARM." Entertainment Weekly. (901/902):131

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