11/06/2018: “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” by The White Stripes


I don’t know what the word is for songs that have restrained, calm verses, and choruses that hit like a freight train, or Anthony Joshua.

This is one of those songs. The intro leads into a slow tempo couple of verses. About a minute in, the song comes crashing down from its languid musing with a distorted surge of power and energy.

Jack White is on top form on vocals and guitar here, with the drums adding an excellent contrast between the verses and chorus.

In fairness they didn’t do all the work themselves, as the song was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and original recorded in 1962 by Tommy Hunt. I don’t particularly rate that version, but Dusty Springfield’s 1964 version has some breathtakingly amazing singing.

The White Stripes’ rock cover of the song came out on Elephant, their 2003 magnum opus.

Do check out Dusty Springfield’s version, but for me The White Stripes really nailed this one!


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