The White Stripes are here to sprinkle a little Christmas cheer on one of the darkest holiday seasons ever. As we all hunker down during the pandemic, the Jack White-led group has released a 90-minute Yule log video that cycles through tracks from the defunct Detroit duo’s recently released 26-track Greatest Hits album, as well as acoustic tracks, rare B-sides and the pair’s original Christmas song, “Candy Cane Children.”
The Noah Sterling-directed animated clip features arresting drawings of a little princess getting a marshmallow roasted by a fire-spitting dragon, creepy drawings of demonic creatures gathered around a fire pit lying in wait for Santa, demons dancing, aliens prepping plates of cookies and a Yeti chilling by the fire with a drink, among other macabre scenes. And, of course, it is all rendered in the band’s legendarily narrow color palette of black, white and red (with a touch of grey).
The images unfold along to a soundtrack of beloved songs from the group that split in 2011 such as “A Martyr for My Love for You,” “I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman,” “We’re Going to Be Friends,” “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known,” “Hotel Yorba” and “My Doorbell,” among others.
The White Stripes Greatest Hits arrived at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Dec. 19), with 20,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 10, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It was the fourth top 10 for the duo, who last hit the top 10 in 2007 with their final studio album, Icky Thump.
Watch the Stripes’ Yule log video below.