As frontman of the White Stripes, multi-instrumentalist Jack White seemed uncomfortable as the center of attention. Where other musicians might seek the spotlight, White shunned it with a shoegazing ethos: On stage, he wasn’t the most outgoing person; he let his stellar guitar work do the talking.
Clearly, going solo has changed him. In his video for “Freedom at 21,” he wheels a neon-green car and interacts sensually with a hot lady cop. And White’s just-released video for “I’m Shakin’” is a bluesy Little Willie John cover with an elastic break dancer and a litany of band members — two of which are played by White himself. The video, directed by Dori Oskowitz, was shot entirely in a vacant warehouse, with muted lighting — the staple of any Jack White video — contradicting the lively feel of this Blunderbuss single. It works, though: White is the star, but he doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with himself.
Blunderbuss is out now on Third Man Records.