“Seven Nation Army” Will Outlive Us All

noah | July 10, 2009 11:30 am

Last night’s outing to a particularly dispiriting baseball game was saved in part by a loud group of young men who took it upon themselves to serve as a sort of Greek chorus for the evening, singing the bulk of their increasingly despairing taunts. The one thing tying all their performances together? Most of their singing was to the tune of the guitar-not-bass riff from the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” which proved to be a pretty malleable collection of notes, no matter what horrors were happening on the field. And then I came home to find that So You Think You Can Dance last night used the track as backing for the show’s big group dance routine. Hey, two’s a trend! Or at least a post. The clip of the dance number after the jump.

“Seven Nation Army” only made it to No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100, but the slightly foreboding feel of that low-tuned guitar has helped make it a staple at soccer stadiums and other sports venues alike. And lest you think its status as a dance jam is anything new, I present to you a reworking of the song by Ibiza Voice that, unfortunately, switches out the guitar bit and gives Jack White’s vocals over to someone who can’t quite seem to stay in key, vocal-wise:

group 12s [Yahoo! Video via RS]