Why Did Jack White Cover U2 on ‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack?

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Dredged from the indigo blue depths of a swamp in a blues musician cemetery, Jack White doesn’t seem like a U2 fan, but the musician told Rolling Stone that when he was first getting into music in blue-collar Detroit that he was in love with U2‘s Achtung Baby.

“I listened to that a lot in my headphones,” he says, including “Love Is Blindness”–the song he chose to cover for Baz Luhrmann’s musical rendition of the classic novel, The Great Gatsby. “I listened to that on repeat quite often.”

White said that he bounced a lot of ideas around with executive producer Jay-Z but they settled on “Love Is Blindness.”

White’s contribution to a big soundtrack or compilation is very rare. He says he “can’t stand 99 percent” of the ideas that he is sent.

“But this one was different, because I’ve been connected to Edge since we made the guitar film,” confessed White. “I thought, ‘Well, this feels real close to me. As long as I can do ‘Love Is Blindness.’ As long as no one’s taken that.”

Check out White’s emotional take on the song here.

–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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