Jack White said that the album would appeal to fans of the band's self-titled debut , suggesting a stripped-down garage rock sound. A statement on the band's official website  spuriously attributed to "Kitayna Ireyna Tatanya Kerenska Alisof" of the Moscow Bugle, a reference to the Batman film humorously claims that: It is entitled Icky Thump, and is their first album to include a title track, which curiously and not ironically has the same words in it's [sic] name. Though some residents of northern England might almost recognize the title, the Stripes stress they are spelling it wrong intentionally just for "kicks" and "metaphors," and to avoid a possible lawsuit from the estate of Billy Eckstine. Gondry also says that the video idea came first, and after mentioning the idea to Jack White, White wrote the song to fit that idea. On May 30, , Chicago radio station Q aired the entire album without the band's permission.
The video was co-directed by Jack White and the Malloy Brothers. The video was filmed in Nashville , Tennessee , though it is set in Mexico. The video also features Spanish subtitles acting as a translation of the lyrics. This marked the first time a White Stripes video was ever on the countdown. On the Scottish Singles Chart , however, the song dethroned "Umbrella" to claim the number-one spot. After peaking, the song very quickly dropped out of the Top , spending only seven weeks on both charts and ending as the UK's nd best-selling song. This song was number 17 on Rolling Stone 's list of the Best Songs of