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White Stripes Meet Dance Show as "Seven Nation Army" Surges On

July 10, 2009 10:21 AM ET

Just weeks ago, Rock Daily saw Beyoncé's killer all-girl band launch into a rendition of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" at the diva's New York tour kick-off show. Now Jack and Meg White's 2003 hit from Elephant is back again, this time on Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance. Last night the Top 12 hopefuls — outfitted and red and black (but not white, sadly) performed an awesome routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon to one of our Greatest Guitar Songs, demonstrating once again the power and versatility of that little bluesy riff.

The resurgence of the track, which has been covered by everyone from Duran Duran to Foo Fighters — and played over sound systems in sports arenas — has been fascinating. Could it mean the masses are hungry for more White Stripes? As Rolling Stone reported, Jack White promises the duo's next disc won't be "too far off." But when?

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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