Big Single BIGS1001: 4th December 2006
1. Seven Nation Army
“And I’m talking to myself at night, because I can’t forget, back and forth through my mind, behind a cigarette”
2. Move On Up
“Hush now child, and don’t you cry, your folks might understand you, by and by”
When I saw that this single had a cover of The White Stripes, I knew I had to have it in my collection. Many have tried covers of ‘Seven Nation Army’ with varying degrees of success. The Dynamics’ wonderful Dub version sounds like Junior Murvin meeting The Specials in a “Ghost Town”. Which of course means it’s fantastic.
Even better, on the flip is a reworking of Curtis Mayfield’s uplifting anthem ‘Move On Up’. The vocals are very similar to Curtis’ voice, so this has the sound of a laid back unreleased alternate version, rather than a radical new cover. I love the easy way the Horn motif slowly unfurls from the speakers. It’s a subtle slice of chilled soul saturated in the Jamaican sunshine. If Jimmy Cliff had covered ‘Move On Up’ it would’ve probably sounded a bit like this.
Here are seven more superb and varied takes on ‘Seven Nation Army’ for all you White Stripes fans:
Nostalgia 77 – Seven Nation Army mp3
Apathy (Feat. Emilio Lopez) – It Takes A Seven Nation Army To Hold Us Back mp3
Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan – Seven Nation Army mp3
The White Stripes Vs Public Enemy – White Enemy mp3
Arena – Seven Nation Army mp3
Mr. Hopkinson – Seven Nation Army mp3
The White Stripes Vs Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Seven Nation Army mp3