- “The White Stripes- Seven Nation Army”
- “The Black Keys- Lonely Boy”
- “The Raconteurs- Steady, As She Goes”
- “The Dead Weather- Treat Me Like Your Mother”
- “Jack White- High Ball Stepper”
- “The Kills- U.R.A. Fever”
- “The Dead Weather- I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”
- “The Raconteurs- Salute Your Solution”
- “The White Stripes- Icky Thump”
- “The Black Keys- Gold on the Ceiling”
Here are seven black and white rock music videos you need to see. From classic rockers to modern day headbangers, these videos show that rock music knows no color.
“The White Stripes- Seven Nation Army”
The White Stripes- Seven Nation Army is a great example of a black and white rock music video. The monochromatic color scheme amplifies the energy and intensity of the music, and the stark contrast between black and white makes the visuals pop. This music video is visually interesting and exciting, and it’s a great example of how black and white can be used effectively in rock music videos.
“The Black Keys- Lonely Boy”
The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Patrick Carney (). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists of the 2000s.
Despite their simple musical style, The Black Keys have been nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning six. In 2010, they released their breakthrough album Brothers which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to win three Grammy Awards including Best Alternative Album of the Year. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Rolling Stone named it the second best rock album of 2011. Four of The Black Keys’ studio albums have received Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Album including their latest album Turn Blue which was nominated in 2015. In 2014 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“The Raconteurs- Steady, As She Goes”
The Raconteurs is an American rock band formed in Detroit, Michigan, United States, in 2006. The group comprises Jack White (vocals, guitar), Brendan Benson (vocals, guitar), Jack Lawrence (bass) and Patrick Keeler (drums). All four members had played together previously as part of the American rock band The Greenhornes.
“Steady, As She Goes” is a song by American rock band The Raconteurs. It was released as the lead single from their debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers. The song peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States.
The music video for “Steady, As She Goes” was directed by Phil Harder and features Jack White’s then-wife Karen Elson. It is set in a black-and-white world where everyone appears to be a automaton or marionette.
“The Dead Weather- Treat Me Like Your Mother”
The Dead Weather is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009. The supergroup is composed of Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes). White and Mosshart are the band’s vocalists and guitarists, while Fertita plays keyboards and bass guitar, and Lawrence plays drums.
“Treat Me Like Your Mother” is a song by American rock band The Dead Weather. It was released as the second single from their debut album Horehound on October 6, 2009. The song has been described as “a raw, dirty blues-rocker.”
The music video for “Treat Me Like Your Mother” was directed by Jonathan Glazer. It features footage of the band performing the song live, intercut with footage of a woman (played by Mosshart) driving a car through the desert. The video ends with the woman crashing her car into a tree.
“Jack White- High Ball Stepper”
Jack White is no stranger to creating interesting and unique music videos, and his most recent one for the song “High Ball Stepper” is no different. The black and white music video features White playing a one-man band, with the various instruments all connected to him in some way. The result is an oddly mesmerizing watch, as White moves around the stage in perfect synchronization with the music.
“The Kills- U.R.A. Fever”
The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Their first album, “Keep on Your Mean Side,” was released in 2003. “U.R.A. Fever” is a song from their second album, “No Wow.” The music video for “U.R.A. Fever” was directed by Sophie Muller and released in 2006.
The video features Mosshart and Hince playing black and white notes on a electric guitar and bass, respectively. The video is filmed in a single take with one continuous camera shot. As the song progresses, the camera slowly zooms in on the duo until they are the only thing in frame.
The simple visuals of the “U.R.A Fever” music video complement the song’s garage rock sound. The black and white colors also add to the overall vibe of the video.
“The Dead Weather- I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”
The Dead Weather is a supergroup made up of Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Jack White of The White Stripes. Their sound has been described as “a nasty dosage of blues-infused garage rock.”
The group’s first video was for the song “Hang You from the Heavens,” which was a fairly straightforward performance video. For their next video, they decided to go in a different direction.
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” is a much more thematic and visually interesting video. Shot in black and white, it tells the story of two lovers on the run from the law. The video was nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
“The Raconteurs- Salute Your Solution”
The Raconteurs released their sophomore album, “Consolers of the Lonely,” in 2008 to critical acclaim. The album produced several singles, including “Salute Your Solution,” which was accompanied by a rockin’ music video.
The video, directed by Honda Murray, features the band performing the song in a bleak, black-and-white setting. The monochromatic color palette creates a sense of foreboding, which is juxtaposed with the upbeat nature of the song.
The Raconteurs “Salute Your Solution” music video is an intriguing example of how black-and-white can be used to create a moody and atmospheric visual experience.
“The White Stripes- Icky Thump”
“The White Stripes- Icky Thump” is a black and white rock music video by The White Stripes. The video features the band performing the song in a warehouse. It was directed by Hype Williams and released in 2007.
“The Black Keys- Gold on the Ceiling”
The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. The duo began as an indie rock band with a blues influences, but later they moved to a more garage rock and punk sound. They have released nine studio albums, three live albums and two EPs. Their 2010 album Brothers reached number two on the Billboard 200 and their 2014 album Turn Blue debuted at number one. In 2014, they were nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning Best Rock Performance for “Ain’t It Fun.”
“Gold on the Ceiling” is a song from the album El Camino, released in 2011. The music video was directed by Phil Pinto and features the band performing in front of a white backdrop. The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction.