What is it about this simple six-note riff that makes it so addictively catchy? One secret is that is that it is in simple steps and and down the scale, and also within an easy range, so it's easy for anyone to sing. And sung it is, by football crowds around the world, and at the time of writing in advance, on Saturday at Glastonbury Festival, a crowd of 100,000 are likely to chant this tune to the words "Oh Jeremy Corbyn", as the popular Labour party leader comes on the Pyramid Stage to introduce Run The Jewels.
The song itself is from 2003's album Elephant, marked by the classic powerful simplicity of Jack White and Megan's style. The riff is not played on the bass (no bass player), but on Jack's Kay Hollowbody guitar through a DigiTech Whammy pedal set down an octave. Written much earlier White was actually keeping the riff back in case he got asked to do a James Bond theme, but somehow it had to come out, and its magic continues to spread around the world.
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