Marcus Collins' New Song: Who Are The White Stripes?

27 January 2012, 07:52 is taking a look at the history of 'Seven Nation Army' after The X Factor star announces a cover of the track as his debut single.

Marcus Collins is set to release a cover of The White Stripes' hit song 'Seven Nation Army' as his debut single, so we at Capital thought it would be a good time to look at the original track in a bit more depth.

Opening with the lyrics: 'I'm gonna fight 'em off. A Seven Nation Army couldn't hold me back," it is regarded as Jack and Meg White's most successful song to date with its infectious riff and pounding drum beat.

The song was the first track released from the Detroit outfit's fourth studio album 'Elephant', which also produced the singles 'The Hardest Button To Button', 'There's No Home For You Here' and a cover of the Burt Bacharach penned hit 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself'.

In 2004, the song also won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and is said to have been created during a sound check before a gig in Australia.

As well as featuring in an episode of The Simpsons, the track was also adopted by the Italian national football team as the anthem to their World Cup triumph in 1996.

The music video for the song features a black, white and red theme on a continuous kaleidoscope tunnel with marching skeletons and strobe lighting effects.

The White Stripes have since disbanded after releasing six studio albums, winning six Grammy Awards as well as one BRIT and also headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2005.

Jack White has also performed in the band's The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather as well as composing the theme to the James Bond movie 'A Quantum Of Solace' along with Alicia Keys.

Other acts who have covered the track include former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, rock band Audioslave and British group Hard-Fi.

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