I like these guys. They have a really retro sound — kind of an Animals/Paul Butterfield groove. Plus the drummer uses a Ludwig drum kit (like Ringo) and the keyboard player plays a Farfisa organ.
That said, some people (including Colbert) say they’ve already sold out:
“We got this offer for more money than both of our parents make in a year combined,” Auerbach adds. But a manager advised them to pass, telling them that commercializing The Black Keys songs would alienate their entire fan base and ruin their careers. “Were hearing this, seriously, as were driving around in a 1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager that smells like pee,” Carney says.
Hey, if it’s got a hook and you can dance to it, who cares?
Other bands playing the Farfisa organ from way back in the day:
ViA TV Tropes The 1985 resolution in the Ohio General Assembly that made “Hang On Sloopy” the state rock song (there’s a reason why you hear it at every Ohio State football game) had lines such as:
WHEREAS, Adoption of “Hang On Sloopy” as the official rock song of Ohio is in no way intended to supplant “Beautiful Ohio” as the official state song, but would serve as a companion piece to that old chestnut
WHEREAS, If fans of jazz, country-and-western, classical, Hawaiian and polka music think those styles also should be recognized by the state, then by golly, they can push their own resolution just like we’re doing
WHEREAS, “Hang On Sloopy” is of particular relevance to members of the Baby Boom Generation, who were once dismissed as a bunch of long-haired, crazy kids, but who now are old enough and vote in sufficient numbers to be taken quite seriously
WHEREAS, Adoption of this resolution will not take too long, cost the state anything, or affect the quality of life in this state to any appreciable degree, and if we in the legislature just go ahead and pass the darn thing, we can get on with more important stuff
WHEREAS, Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town, and everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down
Of course, if you’re not a big fan of the song, you might disagree with that “affect the quality of life in this state” thing.
Mustang Bobby over at Shakes alerted me to this local story of a 17 year old senior at a Findlay, Ohio Christian school that is going to be suspended for the remainder of the school year for going to a prom at another high school.
Good news is that if he doesn’t change his mind they will let him graduate provided he passes his final exams. He won’t get to attend graduation, but will get a diploma in the mail.
DANCE … Dude! DANCE.
This is a real life Footloose in the 21st Century. If I recall, things worked out okay for Kevin Bacon. The kid signed a contract agreeing with his school’s rules that forbid dancing, rock music and hand-holding. Shockingly I see no mention of premarital sex or putting firecrackers in a chiuaua’s ass, but it might be in the small print.
I could go on a serious rant about backward christo-fascists and the over representation of up-tight white people in northwestern Ohio. Let’s just leave it to your imagination as you picture what it’s like to live in Wassilla on Lake Erie. A church on every corner and meth lab in every basement.