The White Stripes continued their rollout of archival video content with a 2002 performance of “Fell In Love With A Girl” on Top Of The Pops. The video comes as the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of White Blood Cells.
Recorded on February 21st, 2002, the appearance on the British TV show came ahead of The White Stripes’ European tour as the Jack and Meg White duo continued to rocket up the charts to rock and roll stardom. Before a crowd of screaming London fans, Jack delivers the motormouth lyrics that are barely intelligible above Meg’s pounding drums and his own ferociously distorted guitar.
In the midst of the song—which hit #21 on the U.K. singles chart—Jack takes a brief detour into Cole Porter‘s 1928 Broadway number “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love” before jumping back another eight decades to the modern era and finishing out the song. During the band’s performance, fun White Stripes facts flash across the bottom of the screen, including that they only wear red and white in public and use pre-1963 recording equipment.
Watch The White Stripes’ performance of “Fell In Love With A Girl” on Top Of The Pops. An expanded version of White Blood Cells, featuring a complete 6/7/01 concert at Detroit’s Gold Dollar, is available now across streaming platforms.
The White Stripes – “Fell In Love With A Girl” (Top Of The Pops)
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