Under Blackpool Lights

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Under Blackpool Lights
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ReleasedDecember 7, 2004
RecordedJanuary 27, 2004 and January 28, 2004
GenrePunk blues, garage rock
LabelThird Man
DirectorDick Carruthers
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Under Blackpool Lights is the first official DVD released by The White Stripes. The DVD consists of 26 tracks recorded at The Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in the English seaside resort of Blackpool on January 27 and 28, 2004,[1] and directed by Dick Carruthers using super 8 film. Among these tracks, as with most White Stripes live performances, are several cover songs – such as "Take a Whiff on Me" (Lead Belly), "Outlaw Blues" (Bob Dylan), "Jack the Ripper" (Screaming Lord Sutch), "Jolene" (Dolly Parton), "Death Letter" (Son House), "Goin' Back to Memphis" (Soledad Brothers), and "De Ballit of de Boll Weevil" (Lead Belly).[2]

The DVD's title comes from a moment during the performance in which Jack White addresses the audience:

"I heard George Harrison say the Beatles used to go see Blackpool lights – what is that? A different place altogether? I'm in the right place at the wrong time? That's how I feel every day."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "When I Hear My Name"
  2. "Black Math"
  3. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
  4. "I Think I Smell a Rat"
  5. "Take a Whiff on Me" (and part of "Cannon")
  6. "Astro"
  7. "Outlaw Blues"
  8. "Jack the Ripper"
  9. "Jolene"
  10. "Hotel Yorba"
  11. "Death Letter"/"Grinnin' In Your Face"
  12. "Do"
  13. "The Hardest Button to Button"
  14. "Truth Doesn't Make a Noise"
  15. "The Big Three Killed My Baby"
  16. "Wasting My Time"
  17. "You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)"
  18. "Hello Operator"
  19. "Apple Blossom"
  20. "Ball and Biscuit"
  21. "Let's Shake Hands"
  22. "I Fought Piranhas"
  23. "Let's Build a Home"
  24. "Goin' Back to Memphis"
  25. "Seven Nation Army"
  26. "De Ballit of de Boll Weevil"


  • Jack White – vocals, guitar, piano
  • Meg White – drums


  1. ^ "The White Stripes: Under The Blackpool Lights Review". Empire. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  2. ^ "The White Stripes - Under Blackpool Lights". Time Out. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  3. ^ Welch, Will. "The White Stripes Want Truth, Romance and Beauty for a Fallen America". The FADER. The FADER, Inc. Retrieved 23 January 2022.

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