White Blood Cells is the third album by Detroit Alternative Indie duo The White Stripes, released in 2001. Driven by the singles "Fell in Love with a Girl" and "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", the album was their popular breakthrough, taking them from local prominence in the Upper Midwest to international celebrity. It also helped fuel the Turn of the Millennium trend toward back-to-basics "garage punk" rock.
- "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" - 3:04
- "Hotel Yorba" - 2:10
- "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman" - 2:54
- "Fell in Love with a Girl" - 1:50
- "Expecting" - 2:03
- "Little Room" - 0:50
- "The Union Forever" - 3:26
- "Same Boy You've Always Known" - 3:09
- "We're Going to Be Friends" - 2:22
- "Offend in Every Way" - 3:06
- "I Think I Smell a Rat" - 2:04
- "Aluminum" - 2:19
- "I Can't Wait" - 3:38
- "Now Mary" - 1:47
- "I Can Learn" - 3:31
- "This Protector" - 2:12
- Jack White: Lead vocals, guitar, piano, organ
- Meg White: Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Fell in love with a trope:
- A Cappella: A section of "The Union Forever" is just vocals and handclaps.
- Break-Up Song: "I Can't Wait"I can't wait till you try to come back girl
When things they don't work out for you
Who do you think you're messing with girl
What do you think you're trying to do?
- Brickfilm: The video for "Fell In Love With a Girl" is a Michel Gondry-directed stop-motion affair done entirely in LEGO.
- Face on the Cover: Jack and Meg surrounded by menacing figures in black.
- Friendship Song: "We're Going to Be Friends" is a song about friendship starting on the first day of school.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The last verse of "Same Boy You've Always Known":Everyone who's in the know, says
That's exactly how it goes
And if there's anything good about me
I'm the only one who knows.
- Let's Duet: Jack and Meg sing together at the piano in "This Protector".
- Miniscule Rocking: "Fell in Love with a Girl" and "Now Mary" are both under two minutes, the former very short for a single. "Little Room" lasts less than one minute.
- One-Woman Song: "Now Mary"
- One-Word Title: "Expecting", "Aluminum"
- Paparazzi: The figures surrounding Jack and Meg on the cover carry cameras and video equipment.
- Puddle-Covering Chivalry: Raised and just averted in the last verse of "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman":I never said I wouldn't
Throw my jacket in the mud for you
But my father gave it to me so
Maybe I should carry you
Then you said
"You almost dropped me"
So then I did
And I got mud on my shoes.
- Shout-Out: Nearly all the lyrics of "The Union Forever" come from Citizen Kane. As Jack White would later learn, this is the kind of shout-out that can land you in legal hot water.
- Teens Are Monsters: "I Think I Smell a Rat":All you little kids
Seem to think you know
Just where it's at
Oh I think I smell a rat.