When Jack snarls “Well you can’t be a pimp and a prostitute too,” he’s going for political metaphor (take that, Kele) — so his and the Malloys’ directorial vision spins it out symbolically, putting him in a seedy, red-streaked brothel with a Moulin-meets-Manson Meg cast as call girl. After heading south of the border to get off, our lovable gringo crosses back in a senseless daze, past a “Great Wall” of an erection. Also, Jack and Meg are the hottest non-couple couple in rock. Forever.

Comments (27)
  1. Ju Bean  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    The Great Wall of Mexico, that?s priceless! Way to raise awareness about immigration reform – kudos to Jack!

  2. wondergirl  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Crossing international borders with a wave and a nod as only Jack White could!

  3. Sarah  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Shame there were no “la la” subtitles, great video though.

  4. kylie  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    yesssss. loved it. can’t wait for this album.

  5. Brian  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Say what you will about her drumming, but Meg White has got to be one of the sexiest women I’ve ever seen.

  6. Melissa  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Jack White is SO hot !! Love this song & the video makes me luv it even more

  7. dannygutters  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Meg knows what not to drum.

  8. pics  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    they ALWAYS have some of the best imagery and color schemes of any band out there

  9. raklosen  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    this video reverses everything i’ve ever thought about the white stripes. i’ve never liked them but the song, video, looks…all of it in this one kind of blowing me away right now.

    …though not quite as much as LOST last night.

  10. Matthew  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Whatever you might think about Meg’s talent as a drummer, she looks extremely hot while doing it. She’s so casual and confident when she drums. Practically oozes sensuality. Not too fond of her hooker get-up, though.

    There’s a few things in this post that don’t make sense, though. “Symbolically”? I would say that this video largely spells things out quite literally, given that almost all that the lyrics describe is acted out on-screen. And “Great Wall of an erection”? What the hell? Are you saying that’s a sexual metaphor? Because that’s one heck of a stretch. It’s clearly political commentary. I quite like this video, though. Good stuff.

  11. Rina  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Whatever you might think about Meg’s talent as a drummer, she looks extremely hot while doing it.

    Don’t think that’s not the intention. What with Meg’s deliberate bouncing and Jack’s tight pants and obvious lack of underwear…its all part of their image and marketing.

  12. arson  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    awesome and omg, i never realized until just this moment just how much i love led zep!

  13. Sam  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    I’m glad Jack finally shaved his douche bag-y mustache.

  14. Pimps doubling as Prostitutes, one eyed hookers, and Jack White as a border hop. This is my kind of video.

    http://whudahexup.com/

  15. JAS  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    do you think they still do it with each other on the road?

  16. Tam  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Sex with a freaky-eyed prostitute? Icky thump indeed.

  17. Matt Jones  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    Fuck that, the video got taken down!

  18. jacoby&meyers  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    vid’s working for me — and i mean that every way possible.

  19. ko  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    great video/song. did anyone else notice the similarities between this video and THE BLACK LIPS live album? both are in mexico with zebras. humm… don’t know if it was intentional, but rather interesting. BLACK lips – WHITE stripes….

  20. One-eyed Russian Mikhail made a big boom on last night’s Lost finale and today Meg is playing a one-eyed prostitute in the “Icky Thump” video. Too early to declare that cyclops are having the best week ever?

  21. mode7  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    ace

  22. cait  |   Posted on May 24th, 2007 0

    man, they haven’t done this literal an interpretation of a song in a video since ‘dead leaves in the dirty ground,’ i think. or maybe ‘hotel yorba.’ i absolutely love it, and think the stripes are just as phenomenal doing totally bizarre /abstract videos as they are doing ones like these.

  23. Am I the only one who thinks Meg White has gotten hotter? Is this possible?

  24. Stephen  |   Posted on May 29th, 2007 0

    Meg looks smokin’ playing those drums. Damn girl.

    I guess what’s his face from Bloc Party can put that video/song in his pipe and smoke it. Jack White may not always be political, but he obviously is willing to stand up for something he believes in.

  25. Muy buen video para una canción increíble… los subtítulos quedan al chingazo… nunca fallan Las Rayas Blancas…

  26. Gabe  |   Posted on May 31st, 2007 0

    that white penguin is white hot

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