Jack White has shared more backstory about how his divisive James Bond song came to be.
The White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather rocker recorded the track “Another Way to Die” with Alicia Keys for the equally polarizing 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Speaking with Conan O’Brien on his Needs a Friend podcast, White says the song was “one of the most divisive things I’ve been a part of.”
“There are people who hate it so much, and people who love it so much,” White says of “Another Way to Die.” “Nowhere in the middle, it’s so strange.”
As White explains, he wasn’t the first choice to record a theme for Quantum of Solace.
“I got in because Amy Winehouse wasn’t showing up to the sessions, or wasn’t delivering the song that they were asking her to do,” White recalls.
Sensing that the Bond team might be up against the clock and in desperate need of a song at that point, White used the opportunity to, as he puts it, “get away with murder,” creatively speaking.
“I’m gonna put things in this song, they would never approve of this section,” White remembers thinking. “And that happened.”
He adds, “The music director was not down … he was trying to convince me to turn it into a ballad or something like that.”
White says he then blamed his own busy schedule for being unable to implement those suggestions, all while “knowing full well that I totally have time to fix it if I wanted to.”
Also on the podcast, White talks about his upcoming solo album, Entering Heaven Alive, and shows off his Jeff Goldblum impression.
Entering Heaven Alive will be released July 22. It’s White’s second solo album of 2022, following April’s Fear of the Dawn.
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