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The Black Keys — Little Black Submarines
Album: El Camino
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Released: 2011
Length: 4:08
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Little black submarines
Operator, please,
Put me back on the line

Told my girl I'd be back
Operator, please,
This is wrecking my mind.

Oh, can it be,
the voices calling me?
They get lost and out of time.

I should've seen it glow,
But everybody knows
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind

Pick you up, let you down, when I wanna go
To a place I can hide

You know me, I had plans
But they just disappear
To the back of my mind
Oh, can it be,
the voices calling me?
They get lost and out of time.

I should've seen it glow,
But everybody knows
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind

Treasure maps, fallen trees
Operator, please,
Call me back when it's time

Stolen friends and disease,
Operator, please
Pass me back to my mind

Oh, can it be,
the voices calling me?
They get lost and out of time

I should've seen it glow,
But everybody knows
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind
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Hearing Stairway to Heaven in so many places in there - enjoying it of course
Wheels don't need re-inventing I s'pse
I'm forever in RP's debt for introducing me to the Black Keys: pure back-to-basics rock 'n roll goodness. Crunchier than a bag of walnuts, rockier than Ailsa Craig, meatier than a bison sandwich. When this CD goes on in my car, the only time I can crank it up to 11 which it deserves, the head bangs bigtime. A rare 10 from the rockin' Nottingham jury.

The album cover says "Play loud". Feckin' right!
Hard to believe how many people think a band this good are somehow ripping off their influences
relax... Jeez, my dad insisted that Led Zepplin was not even music. Funny how people get old and start sounding like their parents 
 midnightoil wrote:
Sounds like a rip off of Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven and Jethro Tull's Aqualung to me, both of which are in my collection. This won't be.

Why not play the originals instead of this talentless repro?

 
Well, clearly Zepp and Tull weren't in the slightest bit influenced by the music that went before them. 
Of course not. https://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/News/en-us/robert-plant-on-zeppelins-delta-blues-0828-2012.aspx

How dare these young upstarts, the black keys, even consider trying to emulate their musical heros? - terrible behaviour!

Keep it all in aspic, never change. We all know no good music has been produced since the 70's, don't we midnightoil ?

^ sarcasm alert. 
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Went to the concert in Simpsonville SC last week, guest of my son, the lawyer.  Rained just before, an outdoor venue.  Turned into a mudhole.  We survive the blinding lights of Flaming Lips who opened, got splashed with mud by people falling behind us. During the Black Keys a pretty young woman slips up to me and puts her arm in mine, snuggles up to me and says "you're in the wrong place, aren't you."  I thought, well yeah, but everyone is getting splashed by mud.  Then it occurs to me that I am probably the oldest person around for several miles. She smiled a drunk smile at me and disappeared.  My son asks "what was that all about?" "Don't tell your mother" was all I could manage.
 
Nice post
I like being the oldest person at a concert.My wife and I went to Dublin to see these guys.The locals had a good time ribbing us "Old Yanks"
Had a few pints after the show and traded concert stories witha few of the lads.   
One of my all time favorites from this album. 
Heard a great description of this track (don't remember where): it's a sensitive, heartbroken lament that gets run over by Led Zeppelin.
Sounds like a rip off of Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven and Jethro Tull's Aqualung to me, both of which are in my collection. This won't be.

Why not play the originals instead of this talentless repro?
Jack White should sue.
White Stripes and Zeppelin. In 2011.
 Segue wrote:
This band sounds like a bunch of precocious ten-year-olds in the garage trying to annoy the parents and neighbors as much as possible. Boring and stupid. Play Bon Jovi instead. 

 

There is nothing wrong with that sometimes, until you listen to a lot of their tunes and just as you would imagine a ten year olds repetoire, the songs would have very little difference between them and run together.  Fun to pull out a tune from them every once in awhile, but I couldn't imagine listening to a whole album from them.{#No}
This band sounds like a bunch of precocious ten-year-olds in the garage trying to annoy the parents and neighbors as much as possible. Boring and stupid. Play Bon Jovi instead. 
Went to the concert in Simpsonville SC last week, guest of my son, the lawyer.  Rained just before, an outdoor venue.  Turned into a mudhole.  We survive the blinding lights of Flaming Lips who opened, got splashed with mud by people falling behind us. During the Black Keys a pretty young woman slips up to me and puts her arm in mine, snuggles up to me and says "you're in the wrong place, aren't you."  I thought, well yeah, but everyone is getting splashed by mud.  Then it occurs to me that I am probably the oldest person around for several miles. She smiled a drunk smile at me and disappeared.  My son asks "what was that all about?" "Don't tell your mother" was all I could manage.
 advaita wrote:
Reminds me of Jethro Tull at Aqualung times. Great song!

 
Never thought of that until you pointed it out.....  Locomotive Breath!!
Nice.  But over played.
I hear the Black Keys on commercial radio just as much as Mumford and Sons...Just sayin'...


(you do know where this is going, right?  (PSD))  
Reminds me of Jethro Tull at Aqualung times. Great song!
Saw these guys this past Friday night, it was good to see them live in concert.
Works really well followed by Led Zep Hearthbreaker. Nice song painting, Bill!
 JaySea wrote:
Is this song about the movie The Matrix?
Listen to the lyrics and think about it.

 
Interesting thought.
The later part of this song reminds me of old White Stripes.  You know, back when the White Stripes were good.
Okay, the more I listen to this, BUUMMMPP ... 9 > 10.  I predict that down the road, this tune will be very highly regarded.  Man, that was an easy prediction! Now, for my portfolio.
Great job Bill, perfect way to follow up Erik Satie!
I want this song to marry me, at least until I get sick of it... which might be in about 4 minutes.
I like this band. Song only 6.
 Gajdzin wrote:

As a drummer myself I have to disagree, but I can see where the impression might be coming from - there is indeed Bonham's influence in this drummer's playing, although he doesn't get the unmistakable feel that Bonham had.

 
I was being sarcastic. I think he wants to be Bonzo really bad.
Guitar break!
 maxmox wrote:

If they would come to our state capital and if I could see their show it would be a 23.5 hour (2340km) nonstop drive from my village. No you're not reading any typing errors.
 
Big country y'got there, mate :-)
 S-curvy wrote:

El Camino is Spanish for "The Road," and coming from where the Keys were starting out, that vehicle appears to be a reference to their "band van" and hitting the road.

Saw these guys live in Fresno (had to drive 3.5 hours to get there dang it), but wow, what a show and this tune was pretty much the climax of the show — awesome.  This is definitely one of my favorite Keys tunes.

 
If they would come to our state capital and if I could see their show it would be a 33.5 hour (2340km) nonstop drive from my village , averaging 90-95mph. No, you're not reading any typing errors.
Came out of the high north (Toktoyaktuk) down to Cowtown and listened to this CD every inch of the way. Some addictions are ...strange...
This song hits the spot. 9 I'd say
 Segue wrote:
can NOT listen to this shite!!! Good day to you sir.

 
I can listen to this shite!!!! Good day to you too sir
I guess no one takes guitar lessons anymore.
"Oh can of peas ..."
Is this song about the movie The Matrix?
Listen to the lyrics and think about it.
 Segue wrote:
can NOT listen to this shite!!! Good day to you sir.
 
don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out...
can NOT listen to this shite!!! Good day to you sir.
Off the charts... This never gets old!
This one goes to 12.
I don't care whether this sounds like Stairway to Heaven - it doesn't taint the song enough for me not to LOVE it!
 kingart wrote:
El Camino. Is the cover vehicle an El Camino? I think not. Just an hour ago, there was a red, open-bed, circa 1985 El Camino parked on 6th Ave. in Brooklyn, right across the street from my apartment. I've seen it many times, and it's clearly branded as an El Camino, and this Black Keys vehicle, a mini-van, looks nothing like it.  
But this is a good song. Love the mid-way break and the guitar climax. Very happening.  
 
El Camino is Spanish for "The Road," and coming from where the Keys were starting out, that vehicle appears to be a reference to their "band van" and hitting the road.

Saw these guys live in Fresno (had to drive 3.5 hours to get there dang it), but wow, what a show and this tune was pretty much the climax of the show — awesome.  This is definitely one of my favorite Keys tunes.
I think you can pretty much put the lyrics of Stairway to Heaven to this song. Kinda funny...
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Ladies and Gentlemen, John Bonham on drums.
 
As a drummer myself I have to disagree, but I can see where the impression might be coming from - there is indeed Bonham's influence in this drummer's playing, although he doesn't get the unmistakable feel that Bonham had.
El Camino. Is the cover vehicle an El Camino? I think not. Just an hour ago, there was a red, open-bed, circa 1985 El Camino parked on 6th Ave. in Brooklyn, right across the street from my apartment. I've seen it many times, and it's clearly branded as an El Camino, and this Black Keys vehicle, a mini-van, looks nothing like it.  
But this is a good song. Love the mid-way break and the guitar climax. Very happening.  
Neh, I can't agree with you...but the "Warrior" has a nice start.

Cheers!

Tralfamadorian wrote:
Wow.  Never been motivated to post a comment anywhere on the web before, let alone register to do so.  But feel compelled to do so today.

First of all, I love RP and your trail-blazing work in the internet radio field, Mr. Goldsmith.  But IMHO, this particular song (at least the tune) is a total rip-off. Of one of my all-time favorite songs, no less, hence the motivation behind this post.

The song in question is titled "Warrior", from a 1972 album titled Argus, by the band Wishbone Ash.  This Black Keys "composition" might as well be an "alternate take".  I invite anyone to listen to Warrior and compare.

Black Keys, indeed.  Guess they had some lyrics laying around they didn't know what to do with.  I wouldn't be too proud if I were them, and I wouldn't want to see them profit, at least from this particular "effort".  Maybe we could drop this little gem from the playlist and replace it with, well, how about some classic Wishbone Ash?  Or at least something original. {#Wink}
 


 Tralfamadorian wrote:
Wow.  Never been motivated to post a comment anywhere on the web before, let alone register to do so.  But feel compelled to do so today.

First of all, I love RP and your trail-blazing work in the internet radio field, Mr. Goldsmith.  But IMHO, this particular song (at least the tune) is a total rip-off. Of one of my all-time favorite songs, no less, hence the motivation behind this post.

The song in question is titled "Warrior", from a 1972 album titled Argus, by the band Wishbone Ash.  This Black Keys "composition" might as well be an "alternate take".  I invite anyone to listen to Warrior and compare.

Black Keys, indeed.  Guess they had some lyrics laying around they didn't know what to do with.  I wouldn't be too proud if I were them, and I wouldn't want to see them profit, at least from this particular "effort".  Maybe we could drop this little gem from the playlist and replace it with, well, how about some classic Wishbone Ash?  Or at least something original. {#Wink}
 

Montana Wildhack has muddied your mind. I gave it a listen. There are some similarities in the first 30 seconds but plagiarism? Really? 

                               
Wow.  Never been motivated to post a comment anywhere on the web before, let alone register to do so.  But feel compelled to do so today.

First of all, I love RP and your trail-blazing work in the internet radio field, Mr. Goldsmith.  But IMHO, this particular song (at least the tune) is a total rip-off. Of one of my all-time favorite songs, no less, hence the motivation behind this post.

The song in question is titled "Warrior", from a 1972 album titled Argus, by the band Wishbone Ash.  This Black Keys "composition" might as well be an "alternate take".  I invite anyone to listen to Warrior and compare.

Black Keys, indeed.  Guess they had some lyrics laying around they didn't know what to do with.  I wouldn't be too proud if I were them, and I wouldn't want to see them profit, at least from this particular "effort".  Maybe we could drop this little gem from the playlist and replace it with, well, how about some classic Wishbone Ash?  Or at least something original. {#Wink}
Aaah, The Black Keys, The Black Keys...{#Cowboy}{#Motor}{#Hearteyes}
I like these guys but the John Bonham comments are utterly misplaced. Not only is the drummer here racing (as opposed to Bonham's behind-the-beat feel) but it's not even an attempt at Bonham's style.

Great album by a fun band who totally "get" the genre's they play around with.
 
All the way up to 11 man. {#Daisy}
 lkovathana wrote:
The whole album is pure gold.  Not like gold on the ceiling gold either.  Turn it up!!!!
 

One of the best in recent memory
Love the Santa Barbara bowl poster...if they're playing there they must be cooooool...
So was Joe Strummer and the Clash in 1982 when i saw them there...yeahhh!
{#Sunny}
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Ladies and Gentlemen, John Bonham on drums.
 
 
Well, and these are clearly "Stairway to Heaven" chords, too!


 deepwoodskev wrote:
Ladies and Gentlemen, John Bonham on drums.
 
Perhaps he is trying to sound like Bonham, but he lacks the soul.
 Umberdog wrote:
Most excellent in the beginning, but the fugue-ish part knocked it back to pretty good..
 
Quite likable in the beginning, and the fugue-ish part let it rise up to most excellent...
Most excellent in the beginning, but the fugue-ish part knocked it back to pretty good..
 scraig wrote:
 
Cool graphic!  Thanks for posting.

one of my favourite ever!
Great stuff.
6:20am here is too early to crank this for the mid song step up...isn't it?  (I do think it is very safe to say I don't expect to hear anyone yelling turn stairway down??  Hearing test time for some I think.)
The whole album is pure gold.  Not like gold on the ceiling gold either.  Turn it up!!!!
Girlfriend is up off couch dancing and singing💃💃💃
Ladies and Gentlemen, John Bonham on drums.
I saw the Keys in Dublin last week.....they brought down the house with this.
Rocks!
how fun is this?
 linden wrote:

I thought it was a cover until I turned it up a bit louder. Quite a shameless ripoff, really.
 
Except for the acoustic-to-electric dynamic they are not at all alike.

Page nicked Randy California/Spirit's "Taurus" on Stairway. 
Most excellent!
 BillG wrote:

Just don't hear that.  Acoustic 1/2 + Electric 1/2.  That's about it. 
 

I came across a wonderful anecdote on this frequent RP topic the other day.  Just thought I would pass it along... 

Most of you, if you heard it, would probably recognize the piece Miserere mei, Deus, by the Italian composer Gregorio Allegri. The work acquired a considerable reputation for mystery and inaccessibility between the time of its composition and the era of modern recording; the Vatican, wanting to preserve its aura of mystery, forbade copies, threatening any publication or attempted copy with excommunication. They were not prepared, however, for a special visit in 1770 from a 14-year-old named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who, on a visit to Rome with his father, heard it but twice and transcribed it faithfully from memory, thus creating the first known unauthorised copy. (source: Wikipedia).


I am already waiting for their next album with HIGHEST anticipation and unlimited expectations!

In my opinion the best band around in USA, at this time.

Haven't heard and seen them live, but assume they are as good!

 

EXTREME SONGWRITING TALENT and master-voice!


 linden wrote:

I thought it was a cover until I turned it up a bit louder. Quite a shameless ripoff, really.
 
Just don't hear that.  Acoustic 1/2 + Electric 1/2.  That's about it. 
 Bakaretsu wrote:
reminds me of stairway to heaven...anyone?
 
I thought it was a cover until I turned it up a bit louder. Quite a shameless ripoff, really.
 Cannucklehead wrote:
I bought the album and the cover had 'play it loud' on it.

I did, and destroyed two perfectly good woofers while the missus and I were dancing.
 
{#Lol} You want to take your dogs out of the room before you crank up the Black Keys, else you'll be reported for animal cruelty :o)

I bought this album the other day, on the strength of RP playing some of the tracks, and look forward to a long road journey when I can turn up the volume in the car to 11.
This is one of my favourite tunes on the album. Awesome rush when the overdriven guitar kicks in!! :D
 fredriley wrote:
Starts off relatively dull and I'm thinking that this is the first BK number under 7, then the git-tars kick in and this feckin' rocks! These guys have such a tight, back-to-basics sound that just gets me every time, yet their minimalism has a lot of variation that you never get bored with a song. 7 from the rockin' Nottingham jury.
 
And on stage, they don't come off like 'I'ma gitar Gawd or skin pounder supreme' either.
It's good, I still like it but these guys owe a huge debt to White Stripes.  Still, on their best day they'll never be as good or influential.
 Bakaretsu wrote:
reminds me of stairway to heaven...anyone?
 
More like Tom Petty's "Last Dance With Mary Jane"

Love the Black Keys tho. 
 DanO-1 wrote:

{#Yes}
 

Agree. From the first time I hear it, the best of all.
 scraig wrote:
I think this is the best song on the album..and every song on it is very good. 9.
 
{#Yes}
Effin' A. Rock and effin' Roll!
 snitramc wrote:

Wut he sez! Every time I hear a song off this album I stop and say "wow"!

And hey johnjconn - shout out from another chicagoan!
 
Unvarnished Rock N Roll. Love it!

They've been living on the road for nearly 20 years now. Hardest working guys in rock.

Great story on them on Sunday Morning a couple of weeks ago.

Another shout out from Chicago, btw. Go Cubs! Please...at least win one once in a while...and at least when I walk over to Wrigley to sit in on a game.
This just digs in and goes!
 johnjconn wrote:
Dam, this band is hot.
The more I hear , the more I like.

Turn it up
 
Wut he sez! Every time I hear a song off this album I stop and say "wow"!

And hey johnjconn - shout out from another chicagoan!
I love the fact that many people aren't "getting" the black keys...I have to admit that when my favorite indie bands become discovered by the masses, it troubles me in some strange way...so keep not getting it, masses, maybe I'll actually be able to get tix to the next show!!!
 Bakaretsu wrote:
reminds me of stairway to heaven...anyone?
 
Absolutely...holy cow....glad it was not just me thinking this!
I think this is the best song on the album..and every song on it is very good. 9.
 GarageDragon wrote:

I couldn't agree with this sentiment more.  I feel like there's an element I'm just not getting that the rest of the world is.  They sound very corporate to me, much like Nickleback or Cold Play.  I'm not saying that they are corporate, nor am I sound they sound like those groups— it's just they way they feel.  They're boring enough to make me put on something else whenever I hear them.

They're not even bad enough to get a bad rating from me.  I gave them a five.  That's just how average they sound.


 


Um...did you just compare these guys to Nickelcrap? Oooooooooooooookay, then.
This song is frickin' awesome!!!  Air drumming is a must {#Drummer}!!!!
 Bakaretsu wrote:
reminds me of stairway to heaven...anyone?
 
I was thinking that, too.

"And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our souls..."
 GarageDragon wrote:

I couldn't agree with this sentiment more.  I feel like there's an element I'm just not getting that the rest of the world is.  They sound very corporate to me, much like Nickleback or Cold Play.  I'm not saying that they are corporate, nor am I sound they sound like those groups— it's just they way they feel.  They're boring enough to make me put on something else whenever I hear them.

They're not even bad enough to get a bad rating from me.  I gave them a five.  That's just how average they sound.
 
Yeah...been there, heard that.
Georgia satellites anyone?

Lots of energy, but .......where is true innovation these days

A grudging 5
 Jackson_Feelgood wrote:

The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums).

I have an internet friend from Akron Ohio. She said she has never heard of The Black Keys ! If local radio is not giving this Duo air time in Akron it tells me something about commercial radio in this town. 

Dan Auerbach is an ever evolving Guitar / Vocalist. Incredible album El Camino. Cant think of a track that RP wouldnt play ?  
  

 
They get played on wxrt in Chicago. 

I give this whole album at least a 10! 
reminds me of stairway to heaven...anyone?

The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums).

I have an internet friend from Akron Ohio. She said she has never heard of The Black Keys ! If local radio is not giving this Duo air time in Akron it tells me something about commercial radio in this town. 

Dan Auerbach is an ever evolving Guitar / Vocalist. Incredible album El Camino. Cant think of a track that RP wouldnt play ?  
  


uuu, this is good! I am in a middle of work, but made me stop and check out what it is. Lovely!
Dam, this band is hot.
The more I hear , the more I like.

Turn it up
 boober wrote:

I would be honored if Bill replied to one of my comments.
I think I'll draw him out with a troll like diatribe....."here Billy Billy"

 

LOL, if BG responded to one of my troll comments, I would be cowered to the point I might have to see a shrink.
Liking the feel of this tune. That's all. Just liking it....yep.{#Daisy}
 BillG wrote:

Huh? Sometimes I'm tempted to ban the use of the word "ripoff" from the song comments. I can't think of an instance where it was ever truly accurate. It certainly isn't here.
 
I would be honored if Bill replied to one of my comments.
I think I'll draw him out with a troll like diatribe....."here Billy Billy"

I bought the album and the cover had 'play it loud' on it.

I did, and destroyed two perfectly good woofers while the missus and I were dancing.

{#Bananasplit} 

The new ones seem to be BK proof though!{#Smile} 

This Song is so Bad Ass!! 
 Seahunt wrote:
Man, there's not a bad song on this albumn is there?
 
Nope.  And there wasn't a bad song between them and the Band of Skulls when I saw them at Alexandra Palace, London a couple of weeks ago.  Sorry just gloating but trust me if you had gone you would understand why I want to gloat about such an awesome gig.
Man, there's not a bad song on this albumn is there?
Starts off relatively dull and I'm thinking that this is the first BK number under 7, then the git-tars kick in and this feckin' rocks! These guys have such a tight, back-to-basics sound that just gets me every time, yet their minimalism has a lot of variation that you never get bored with a song. 7 from the rockin' Nottingham jury.
The more I hear from these guys the more I like them.

Thanks, Bill.
 GarageDragon wrote:

I couldn't agree with this sentiment more.  I feel like there's an element I'm just not getting that the rest of the world is.  They sound very corporate to me, much like Nickleback or Cold Play.  I'm not saying that they are corporate, nor am I sound they sound like those groups— it's just they way they feel.  They're boring enough to make me put on something else whenever I hear them.

They're not even bad enough to get a bad rating from me.  I gave them a five.  That's just how average they sound.
 
Although I would agree that there are a TON of groups out there that seem to have something EVERYONE ELSE likes but me... Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons to name a couple.... I wouldn't include Black Keys.

This is their seventh album after almost 9 years of putting out pretty solid stuff. No flash in the pan picked up by "Rock Radio" as the next great thing

 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
.... Given all this, what is it about them that I can't get into? My current theory is that they don't write original or particularly personal lyrics.
 
I couldn't agree with this sentiment more.  I feel like there's an element I'm just not getting that the rest of the world is.  They sound very corporate to me, much like Nickleback or Cold Play.  I'm not saying that they are corporate, nor am I sound they sound like those groups— it's just they way they feel.  They're boring enough to make me put on something else whenever I hear them.

They're not even bad enough to get a bad rating from me.  I gave them a five.  That's just how average they sound.


 noladq wrote:
I'm liking this so much more than the first single they released off the album.  That one made me disinterested in the album.  This one - makes me think a listen to the rest may be due
 
My feeling as well... got the album... WAS NOT disappointed.... the first single was weak (but even THAT has grown on me)

Give the whole thing a spin (thats a LP/CD reference for you young folk out there)

 
There are many reasons to like this band. Clearly they rock, and they do so with loving "homage" (Bill's word) to some great groups from the past. Given all this, what is it about them that I can't get into? My current theory is that they don't write original or particularly personal lyrics.

If anyone else out there can help me with this, please do. Maybe I'm crazy? But not being able to figure this out is becoming the second reason for why I can't get into these guys.
I'm liking this so much more than the first single they released off the album.  That one made me disinterested in the album.  This one - makes me think a listen to the rest may be due
 ckcotton wrote:
Every time I heard anything from this new one, I appreciate it more....
 
I had a really long comment ready, but you've summed it up far better than I could have said it myself.  I haven't heard a bad song from this CD yet! {#Clap}
This really is an excellent album
 linum09 wrote:
Zepplin-esque?  This is a straight-up rip-off off a song already way-overplayed in its original (and awesome) form.  Seriously? Maybe this is satire that I am not hip enough to get.

Too bad the Black Key's studio didn't have the same proscription as the guitar shop in Wayne's World: NO STAIRWAY!

 

Listen to "Taurus" by Spirit if you want to hear where Jimmy Page became inspired to "write" the opening chords to "Stairway To Heaven". 

Just to clear this matter up a bit. . . 

The album was named for the Chevrolet El Camino, a coupé utility car.<5><11> Carney said, "We were actually in Canada on tour , in the bus on a long drive, and we drove past an El Camino. And I forget if it was Dan or I—one of us suggested we name our record El Camino, and we both liked it."<12> Despite the album title, the vehicle on the cover is not an El Camino but rather a Chrysler Town & Country van that the band toured in at the beginning of their career.<11><13> "El camino" is Spanish for "the road" or "the path". The band found out the phrase's meaning after selecting it as an album title, and they joked about the record taking on deeper meaning afterwards.<11> The interior sleeve booklet for the album features images of various vans from Akron, Ohio.<11> Michael Carney, the duo's art director and Patrick's brother, was initially hesitant about the title.<14> Commenting on the puzzled reaction the group received to putting an image of a used van on the cover of an album named for a muscle car, Michael said, "That's the reaction we were going for. It didn't work in Europe because they don't know what an El Camino is over there, so it made perfect sense to ."<15> Patrick compared the appearance of Akron to the van pictured on the cover, calling his hometown "A busted up parking lot with a busted up car."<14>

 citybiker wrote:

This is a 1. Why would you show a picture of a Dodge Caravan when your album is called El Camino? And why would you take little black submarines to ride the stairway to heaven? Confused lads.....go back to the garage and figure it out.


 
Physiscsgenius, is that you?

9!
Every time I hear anything from this new one, I appreciate it more....

 bluedot wrote:
shameless ripoff. criminal plagiarism.



it's my opinion that you're an idiot.

shameless ripoff. criminal plagiarism.

 
ploba wrote:

Yeah, its not a rip off - its a homage  :)

 
BillG wrote:

Huh? Sometimes I'm tempted to ban the use of the word "ripoff" from the song comments. I can't think of an instance where it was ever truly accurate. It certainly isn't here.