The White Stripes “Jolene” at 33 rpm


Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, the band The White Stripes covered “Jolene” as the B-side for their 2000 single “Hello Operator.” Parton herself says this is her most frequently covered song, which is no shock, since it earned #217 on Rolling Stone’s list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

In this quirky video, The White Stripes’ cover is played on vinyl, at a speed of 33 rmp. (Usually, for a single, the speed is 45 rpm!) It’s unusual, but gives the song a new haunting quality, and a more melancholy, desperate feel than Parton’s original. Also, the video only shows the record slowly spinning on the turntable, and has no other context. To me, this makes it a lot more interesting, and a bit enticingly weird. Currently, the video has 6,226,400+ views and 16,875 likes on YouTube. In the comments, the original poster also included a link to download this 33 rpm version of “Jolene.” If you’re interested, make sure you check it out, and form your own opinion of this song.