THE WHITE STRIPES – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

XL Recordings XLS293CD: 10th September 2007
1. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) (Original / Frat Rock Version / Acoustic Version)
“In some respects, I suspect you’ve got a respectable side, when pushed and pulled and pressured, you seldom run and hide”
2. A Martyr For My Love For You (Acoustic Version)
“My dumb-love fake competence was getting weak, for a sec’ I thought I sounded sweet, but sure ‘nough in a gruff faint voice, I heard myself speak”

The second ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)’ exploded out of my speakers, I knew it had to be the next single from the brilliant ‘Icky Thump’ album. At it’s heart is a beautifully written Pop tune but it also manages to catch the rabid energy of a White Stripes live performance.  It features some of Jack’s most violent Guitar playing, a brooding Organ sound and the trademark squealing axe solo.

There are no new songs on the B-side which is a shame but the quality of the alternate versions, almost makes up for it.  The ‘Frat Rock’ version of the A-side is a looser, Organ-heavy performance and the Acoustic version is rather lovely.  There’s also an acoustic version of ‘A Martyr For My Love For You’ which perhaps works better with the melancholy lyrics than the electric album version.

Click here to buy the single from HMV.

Here are The White Stripes’ three best non-LP singles (Including ‘Hand Springs’, one of the best singles ever released!):

The White Stripes – Hand Springs mp3
The White Stripes – Party Of Special Things To Do mp3
The White Stripes – Red Death At 6.14 mp3

Click here to buy ‘ Icky Thump’ (If you haven’t got it already due to a lack of good judgement) from HMV for a super-cheap £6.99.

Click here to watch the video for ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)’ on YouTube.

The White Stripes Website / The White Stripes MySpace / Triple Tremelo Fansite

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