The White Stripes return on 31st December 2007 with the release of Conquest, the third single to be taken from their recent number one album, Icky Thump.
Originally written by Corky Robbins and popularised by Patti Page in the 1950's, Conquest is a track with a long, rich history that Jack and Meg have wanted to cover from their earliest days together. They finally realised this ambition on their sixth album, setting a pit-heavy, bass-laden guitar against a mariachi trumpet to create a blistering nouveau flamenco number. The track climaxes in a violent musical battle between Mexican trumpeter Regulo Aldama (found in a Nashville Mexican restaurant) and Jack White with his fastest solo on record.
The single will be accompanied by an incredible video that has been directed by prolific musical videographer Diane Martel. Shot over two days in Artesia, California, it's filmed with a visual urgency that brings the song's Spanish themes, frantic horns and compulsive pounding rhythms to life, following a explosive - if unconventional - love story that pits man against bull in the ultimate conquest. To make his performance as authentic as possible, Jack trained extensively with famous bullfighter Dennis Borba prior to shooting the video.
Inspired by the Conquest video, each single will also include a Mondo Toro Collectors Card featuring the legendary, near-mythical matadors El Sloth, El Blanca Rosa and El Perdedor. Despite being from early 1900's Spain and Portugal, these bullfighters look strangely familiar.
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