On the UK music show Later With Jools Holland (June 1, 2007), Jack White explained that he had heard his British wife, model Karen Elson, use the expression "Ecky Thump," a Northern English phrase that means "What The Heck." He changed it to the more American sounding "Icky" (meaning disgusting) so that teenagers would get it, citing how Led Zeppelin dropped the "A" in "Lead" for the same reason. Jack liked the expression and wrote the song around it with his bandmate Meg White.
The song is a commentary on immigration, and how immigrants are treated unfairly in America.
The lyrics, "I'm gonna sing around the collar" is a play on "Ring around the collar," which refers to the tough-to-remove sweat and dirt stains on the inside of shirt collars. It is typically used in laundry detergent commercials.
Candy cane is a traditional American red and white striped Christmas candy. The White Stripes use only these colors (often in stripes) and black in their sets and costumes.
The "Dry Ice" mentioned in the lyrics refers to solid carbon dioxide, which is typically used in horror films to create artificial fog.
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3
This was voted by the Rolling Stone magazine readers as their favorite song of 2007.
This won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. The album won for Best Alternative Music Album.
Jack White mentions all three of the band's colors in this song: Redhead Senorita, One White Eye, and Black Rum.
Guy from Benson, NcI've never understood the appeal of these 2. He's a very run of the mill player and she plays drums on the level of Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees.
Drew from Bateville, Inthe best guitar riff of 2007 (the year it was released)
Megan from Stevenson, AlOMG! This song is CRAZY! I love The White Stripes!! Geez...Jack can play the crap outta that guitar!!!
Ben from Rohnert Park, Casounds like a led zeppelin song
Lilbasschick from Los Angeles, CaActually there are a lot of girl drummers, they just aren't famous.
Allie from Pine Knob, Mivery interesting song. So simple but pieced together to be very, very intricate!!!!!!!! i love the synthisizers!!! Meg White is the best!!! one of the few female drummers around
Emily from Abingdon, VaThank you Luke! I had been wondering what that was!
Luke from Sarasota, FlThe synthisizer used was the Univox, one of the first anolog Synthisizers. It dates way back to 1946 and can only play one note at a time - if a chord is played, it comes out broken down and as several notes played in succesion.
Ronoc from Flint, Mijolly awesome song
Hunter from Marshamellow, Vathis is a vey good song, i love the guitar/elctric keyboard/syntisyzer
Kiran from Shelton, Ctgood but overrated. hes written better
Zach from Springfield, OhThe effects sound like they come from a Clavioline. Its a very early electronic keyboard. But it also might be from a pitch- shifted guitar effect.