Icky Thump
The White Stripes Lyrics

Ah, icky thump
Who'd a thunk?
Sittin' drunk on a wagon to Mexico

Ah, well
What a chump
Man my head got a bump
When I hit it on the radio

Redhead señorita
Lookin' dead
Came and said
Need a bed in Español

Said, gimme a drink of water
I'm gonna sing around the collar
And I don't need a microphone

Icky thump
With the lump in my throat
Grab my coat
And I was freaking
I was ready to go

Yeah, I swear besides the hair
She had one white eye
One blank stare
Lookin' up, lyin' there

On the stand near her hand
Was a candy cane
Black rum, sugar cane
Dry ice, something strange

La la la la la la la la la la

White Americans
What, nothing better to do?
Why don't you kick yourself out?
You're an immigrant too

Who's usin' who?
What should we do?
Well, you can't be a pimp
And a prostitute too

Icky thump
Handcuffed to a bunk
Robbed blind
Looked around
There was nobody else

Left alone
I hit myself with a stone
Went home
And learned how to clean up after myself

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Written by: John Anthony White

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Leonard Simonis

Maybe my musical tastes are, say, a bit mellower and more avant-garde-ish, but I'll recommend some anyway
-Jar Of Flies, Facelift, Dirt - Alice In Chains

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-Audioslave - Audioslave

-Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Paranoid, TYR, Heaven & Hell - Black Sabbath

-Agents Of Fortune, Spectres (and others...) - Blue Öyster Cult

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-Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, The Book Of Souls - Iron Maiden

-Red, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Thrak, Discipline, Beat, (maybe their other albums as well) - King Crimson

-Everything by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, especially "infest The Rat's Nest", "Nonagon Infinity", "Flying Microtonal banana", "Polygondwanaland", "Fishing For Fishies" and "Omnium Gatherum".

-Also every Led Zeppelin Album

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-The Firstborn Is Dead, Your Funeral My Trial, Tender Prey, Henry's Dream, Let Love In, Murder Ballads - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (and if you like those, their later releases are also great, just not that dark and wild. They began to do ballads and chamber pop and soul music, and lately they began to use synthesizers and created floating soundscapes rather than structured songs. But those are so beautiful, I highly recommend to listen to it. Try out "Push The Sky Away" and "Carnage". They'll make you ready for their two masterpieces "Skeleton Tree" and "Ghosteen", which deal with the death of Nick Caves son Arthur. They're sad albums, but also very beautiful and full of love-messages...
And they also did garage rock as well. Grinderman is the project they formed for this. Just as insane as The White Stripes. No Pussy Blues is just amazing!!!)

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@Paul Egan I've heard better drumming at a High School talent show than I've ever heard from The White Stripes.

Aesthetics are appearances, not sound. You are correct though: they're both visually unappealing.

I don't need progressive jazz or progressive metal to compare her to.

All professional jazz, blues, big band drummers are on a completely different level of talent than White Stripes are. Professional LIVE (not sampled) hip hop and soul drummers also outclass her. Most professional metal, grunge, and rock drummers also outclass her.

She's boring, straight, stiff, and has no comprehension of fills. The band rarely has any tempo or time signature changes, which isn't doing them any favors either. You could handle the entirety of The White Stripes discography with 1 hi-hat, 1 crash, 1 Tom, 1 snare, and 1 bass and you'd never have to focus on more than 2 of those at any one time.

Even if I did want to listen to a no-talent 4/4 snooze-fest, there are better options.

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Shawn Faddoul

A song so good it doesn't even need a chorus. Let's the guitar do the work.

Rob Murrah

It's a riff chorus

Matthew Green

@David C Chorus' absolutely don't have to have words. Like, whatsoever. Instrumental jazz pieces and classical pieces had chorus' quite frequently.


Phish must be the greatest band ever.

Shandon Sahm

Verses are also The choruses at the same time genius


@Bern not at all true

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Greg xPand

The White Strips are a masterpiece of a band, people will still be listening to this in hundreds of years.


Heck yeah, I love breath strips. I meant “white strips” I mean white stripes. Dang

To many dabs


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@Coh 😂😂😂

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