The White Stripes unveil full ‘From the Basement’ performance

Recorded at London’s Maida Vale Studios back in 2005.

The White Stripes—aka Jack and Meg White—have shared the full version of their 2005 From the Basement performance.

The White Stripes’ standalone performance has been released in its entirety for the first time, along with exclusive never-before-seen B-roll from the session. The six-track setlist featured songs such as “Blue Orchid,” “Forever for Her (Is Over for Me),” and “As Ugly As I Seem,” along with a cover of Captain Beefheart’s “Party of Special Things to Do.”

The performance was recorded at the London’s Maida Vale Studios for the pilot episode of the web television series From the Basement, which was the brainchild of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. The series ran between 2006 and 2009.


“The dream of From The Basement is to capture great performances with the most direct and beautiful coverage possible, both sonically and visually,” Godrich said in a recent statement, per NME.

He added: “We were so fortunate early on to have the support of Jack and Meg who instinctively understood the concept of the show and so came to be part of it. As a result, we have this amazing snapshot of their fantastic energy and style. It’s an intimate and direct performance, something magic, powerful and special. A day I will not forget.”

“It was beautifully filmed and the sound quality makes a performance on a regular TV show sound like a wax cylinder recording. No host. Thank God,” said Jack White.


While this year marks a decade since the White Stripes’ disbandment, the band recently released Live at the 40 Watt album and a Greatest Hits collection. In January, Jack White previewed Jack White: Live at the Masonic Temple with a live version of “Missing Pieces.”

Watch the White Stripes’ From the Basement performance here:

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