The Grammy Award-winning rock song "Seven Nation Army" has been covered by other bands, mashed up with hip-hop vocals, and used as the soundtrack for celebrations at sporting events across the globe. From nightclubs to workouts, the single has seen its share of diverse applications.
Yet over the weekend, a new rendition of the song became popular thanks to a cruise ship's horns.
The MSC Magnifica sailed into Germany's Port of Hamburg on Friday to mark the harbor's 825th anniversary. To make the ship's presence known, the captain used its horns to play the famous bassline of the ubiquitous track. Although it was a tad slower than the version recorded by the White Stripes and released in 2003, the gathered crowd seemed to enjoy the performance.
The horn-honking cruise ship is also popular online. A video of the musical cruise liner has gotten more than 700,000 views since it was uploaded Saturday.
According to MSC Cruises' website, the ship boasts three swimming pools, five restaurants, a 1,200-seat theater, a cinema, and a casino. This particular vessel's name comes from the Italian word for "magnificent." It weighs 95,000 tons and can hold up to 3,500 passengers.
As for the song's writer, if past evidence is any indication, he is probably a fan of the latest "Seven Nation Army" cover. After the song became an anthem of sorts for Italian soccer in 2006, Jack White told Artistdirect that he was pleased with how the song was accepted globally.
"I am honored that the Italians have adopted this song as their own," White said. "Nothing is more beautiful than when people embrace a melody and allow it to enter the pantheon of folk music. I love that most people who are chanting it have no idea where it came from."
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