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Released: June 7, 2005

Rating: 3.959 (average of 20 ratings)

Genre: garage revival alternative rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Blue Orchid
  2. The Nurse
  3. My Doorbell
  4. Forever for Her Is Over for Me
  5. Little Ghost
  6. The Denial Twist
  7. White Moon
  8. Instinct Blues
  9. Passive Manipulation
  10. Take, Take, Take
  11. As Ugly As I Seem
  12. Red Rain
  13. I’m Lonely But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.86
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Blue Orchid (5/7/05) #43 US, #9 UK, #7 AR
  • My Doorbell (7/30/05) #10 UK, #13 AR
  • The Denial Twist (11/7/05) #10 UK, #5 AR

Get Behind Me Satan
The White Stripes
“According to Jack White, Get Behind Me Satan deals with ‘characters and the ideal of truth.’” HP Though that “sounds cut-and-dried, the album is filled with ambiguities; even its title, which shortens the biblical phrase ‘get thee behind me Satan,’ has a murky meaning – is it support, or deliverance, from Lucifer that the Stripes are asking for?” HP

“While the album was made in just two weeks, it takes awhile to unravel and appreciate. Get Behind Me Satan may confuse and even push away some White Stripes fans, but the more the band pushes itself, the better.” HP

The lead single, Blue Orchid, is “a devilish slice of disco-metal with heavily processed, nearly robotic riffs.” HP “The song was thrilling, but also oddly perfunctory; it felt almost like a caricature of their stripped-down but hard-hitting rock.” HP

As the album’s lead-off track, it “is more than a little perverse, as though the White Stripes are giving their audience the required rock single before…doing whatever the hell they want. Even Jack White’s work on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear RoseM isn’t adequate preparation for how far-flung this album is: Get Behind Me Satan is a weird, compelling collection that touches on several albums’ worth of sounds, and its first four songs are so different from most of the White Stripes’ previous music – as well as from each other – that, at first, they’re downright disorienting.” HP

The Nurse’s ironically perky marimbas and off-kilter stabs of drums and guitar – not to mention lyrics like ‘the nurse should not be the one who puts salt in your wounds’ – make its domestic skulduggery one of the most perplexing and eerie songs the White Stripes have ever recorded (although Meg’s brief cameo, Passive Manipulation, which boasts the refrain ‘you need to know the difference between a father and a lover,’ rivals it).” HP

My Doorbell, on the other hand, is almost ridiculously immediate and catchy, and with its skipping beat and brightly bashed pianos, surprisingly funky.” HP

“Meanwhile, Forever for Her (Is Over for Me) turns cleverly structured wordplay and those fluttering marimbas into a summery, affecting ballad.” HP

“There are pleading rockers, like the alternately begging and accusatory Red Rain, and defiant ballads, like I’m Lonely (But I’m Not That Lonely Yet), which has a stubborn undercurrent despite its archetypal, tear-in-my-beer country melody. Even Get Behind Me Satan’s happiest-sounding song, the joyfully backwoods Little Ghost, is haunted by loving someone who might not have been there in the first place.” HP

“The ghostly presence of Rita Hayworth also plays a significant part on the album, on White Moon and the excellent Take, Take, Take, a sharply drawn vignette about greed and celebrity: over the course of the song, the main character goes from just being happy to hanging out with his friends in a seedy bar to demanding a lock of hair from the screen siren.” HP

“The energy dips a little in the middle…Instinct Blues, one of the more traditionally Stripes-sounding songs, is also one of the least engaging.” HP

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previous album: Elephant (2003) Jack White’s DMDB page next album: Icky Thump (2007)

Blue Orchid

My Doorbell

The Denial Twist

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Last updated February 2, 2011.