The White Stripes release footage of their first-ever television performance

The White Stripes are one of the greatest live acts of all time. Even though it’s just Meg and Jack making the cacophony of noise that you hear on their records, the sheer blast of energy that is unleashed from the group is extraordinary.

In a rare video that has been released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the band’s second album, De Stijl, we get a glimpse at the group’s first-ever live television performance

To coincide with 20th anniversary of The White Stripes’ De Stijl, the band have released footage of their first TV performance.

Recorded for public access TV in Detroit, The White Stripes took to the stage on Backstage Pass to blast through two songs off their acclaimed second record. Beginning with the more subtle Apple Blossom before exploding into Death Letter, The White Stripes seemed to emerge already fully formed from the outset of their careers.

The host of the show quoted Jack White’s own comment on rock and roll, stating, “A blues song is simple and raw and not polished, but it is perfect because it’s based on a simple idea.” Like all of The White Stripes music, it is based on a simple and cohesive idea that grows into a powerful musical release.

Check out the new special edition here along with the performance below: