Get Behind Me Satan is the fifth album by American alternative rock band The White Stripes, released in June 2005. Though still basic in production style, the album marked a distinct change from its guitar-heavy 2003 predecessor, Elephant. With its reliance on piano-driven melodies and experimentation with marimba on "The Nurse" and "Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)", Get Behind Me Satan downplays the punk, garage rock and blues influences that dominated earlier White Stripes albums. Frontman Jack White plays with different technique than in the past, trading in his electric guitar for an acoustic on all but a handful of tracks, as his usual riff-conscious lead guitar style is overtaken by a predominantly rhythmic approach. Rolling Stone ranked it the third best album of the year and it received the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2006.
Garnering strong reviews, Get Behind Me Satan entered the U.S. and UK charts at #3, becoming a major success; it ranked higher in the U.S. charts than their previous records, but lower in the UK charts than Elephant. "Blue Orchid", the first single, became a radio hit in the United States and the band's second UK Top 10 hit. "My Doorbell" was the second single off of the album, followed by "The Denial Twist". Both also reached the Top 10 in the UK and charted on the Modern Rock Charts as well. Get Behind Me Satan has sold 850,000 units in the United States as of February 2007.
In 2006, the album was included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, edited by Robert Dimery.
Jack White has explained that the tile, Get Behind Me Satan, refers to a well-known line from the story of the Temptation of Jesus which is later repeated against the disciple Simon Peter, in of the New Testament. In the King James Version, the quotation is slightly different: "Get thee behind me, Satan.
The album cover was used in the Gilmore Girls episode "I Get a Sidekick Out of You", with Lane and Zach in Meg and Jack's positions, respectively. It was also used for the 2008 Ozy and Millie calendar as both the front cover and for the month of January with the characters Ozy and Mille replacing Jack and Meg.
Get Behind Me Satan is the only album by The White Stripes to not be commercially released in a vinyl format. There are only few copies of 'Get Behind Me Satan' on vinyl LP that were given exclusively to music journalists for review, which has since become coveted collector's items.
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