Music Video of the Day: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself by The White Stripes (2003, dir by Sofia Coppola)

Today’s music video of the day is the fourth video to be directed by Sofia Coppola.  Distinguished by the black-and-white cinematography of Lance Acord (who was also the cinematographer for Lost In Translation) and the choreography of Robin Conrad, this video may be best known for Kate Moss pole dancing but it’s atmosphere of romanticized ennui will be familiar to anyone who has seen any of Coppola’s films.

(As well, pole dancing would also be prominently featured in Coppola’s later film, Somewhere.)

As for the song, it actually has a pretty long history.  It was originally written in the early 60s by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  It was first recorded in 1962 by Tommy Hunt but the first performer to actually find success with the song was Dusty Springfield in 1964.  It was subsequently covered by Dionne Warwick and Marcia Hines before The White Stripes released their version in 2003.


Sofia Coppola Music Videos:

  1. Elektrobank by The Chemical Brothers
  2. Shine by Walt Mink
  3. This Here Giraffe by The Flaming Lips
  4. Playground Love by AIR