The White Stripes have made available their rarely seen UK TV debut on Later… with Jools Holland, performing their indie charmer ‘Hotel Yorba’. The video has been shared to celebrate the release of The White Stripes Greatest Hits.
It’s a vintage performance that not only sees Jools Holland in his backwards-walking happy place but also Jack and Meg White at the very start of their impressive journey. The band’s first UK television performance would spark off a trans-Atlantic love affair that still holds to this day.
When announcing the Greatest Hits release, Jack White’s Third Man Records wrote: “We get that the idea of ‘Greatest Hits’ may seem irrelevant in the era of streaming, but we also wholeheartedly believe that great bands deserve a ‘Greatest Hits’.
“The White Stripes are a great band with great fans and it feels like a greatest hits compilation from them is not only appropriate but absolutely necessary.”
The collection will accurately portray The White Stripes as the rock giants they are, with a cunning reminder of how far they’ve come. It may have been 20 years since the performance first aired, but none of the power has been lost.
Watch The White Stripes make their UK TV debut onLater… with Jools Holland performing ‘Hotel Yorba’ below.