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White Blood Cells by the White Stripes (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2001)

White Blood Cells was the third studio album from American alternative rock duo the White Stripes, released on July 3, 2001. The album was recorded in less than a week, produced by frontman/guitarist Jack White, their final record for the independent label Sympathy for the Record Industry and, if all that wasn’t enough claims to fame for one album, it launched the White Stripes into commercial popularity and brought them critical success.

Known for “stripped down” garage rock, White Blood Cells was more primitive rock. The major label release on V2 Records in 2002 brought on the critical acclaim, acclaim that ushered in a revival of garage rock in the early 2000s. Trivia: The album was dedicated to Loretta Lynn who was friends with Jack and Meg White.

The album peaked in the U.S. at #61 (#55 in the UK). The singles from the album: Hotel Yorba, was in a deleted scene of the movie 28 Days, but was still included on the soundtrack; Fell in Love With a Girl, peaked at #12 on the Modern Rock chart, #21 on the UK Singles chart; Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, peaked at #19, #25 in the UK and We’re Going to be Friends, the song was featured in the opening credits of Napoleon Dynamite.

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