It was ten years ago today: The Black Keys' landmark seventh studio album, El Camino, was released on December 6, 2011, on Nonesuch Records. To mark the occasion, Derrick T. Tuggle, the dancing star of the 2011 video for the album track "Lonely Boy," stars in a new video in which he unboxes the band's new five-LP Super Deluxe 10th anniversary edition of that album. You can watch it and take a look inside the set here.
It was ten years ago today: The Black Keys' landmark seventh studio album, El Camino, was released on December 6, 2011, on Nonesuch Records. To mark the occasion, Derrick T. Tuggle, the dancing star of the 2011 video for the album track "Lonely Boy," stars in a new video in which he unboxes the band's new five-LP Super Deluxe 10th anniversary edition of that album. You can watch it and take a look inside the set here:
The five-LP set includes a remastered version of the original album; a previously unreleased Live in Portland, ME concert recording; a BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe session from 2012; a 2011 Electro-Vox session; an extensive photo book; a limited-edition poster and lithograph; and a “new car scent” air freshener. There's also a four-CD version and a digital version, as well as a three-LP edition, which includes the remastered album and the live recording. You can get all of these here.
El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s then-new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The Black Keys won three awards at the 55th annual Grammys for El Camino—Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album—among other worldwide accolades.
The week of release, The Black Keys performed El Camino songs on Saturday Night Live (their second appearance that year), the Colbert Report, and the Late Show with David Letterman, and later that year, played their first Madison Square Garden show. To mark today's tenth anniversary of the band's Saturday Night Live set of the El Camino tracks "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling," the show has shared those performances; you can watch them here.
The album’s first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached #1 on the Alternative and AAA charts; it also entered the top 10 at Rock radio. The second single, “Gold on the Ceiling,” hit #1 on Alternative radio, while the third single, “Little Black Submarines,” reached the top 3. Last week, “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling” were certified 2X platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, while “Little Black Submarines” was certified platinum.
In the UK, the album gave the band their first top 10 hit and it has been certified Platinum in the UK, Belgium, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands; Triple Platinum in Australia and New Zealand; Quadruple Platinum in Canada; and Gold in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland. Of the album’s singles, “Lonely Boy” was certified nine-times Platinum in Canada, Triple Platinum in Australia, Platinum in New Zealand, and Gold in Denmark and the UK. “Gold on the Ceiling” was certified Platinum in Australia and Canada. The Black Keys also were nominated for an MTV European Music Award in 2012.
In other Black Keys news, the duo of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney last week scored a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Delta Kream, which was released in May by Nonesuch Records. The project, which features eleven Mississippi hill country blues songs by artists including R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, was the band’s fifth consecutive top 10 debut on the Billboard 200.
Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys, who have been called “rock royalty” by the Associated Press and “one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet” by Uncut, are guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. Cutting their teeth playing small clubs, the band have gone on to sell out arena tours and have released nine previous studio albums: their debut The Big Come Up (2002), followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004), along with their releases on Nonesuch Records, Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), Turn Blue (2014) and, most recently, “Let’s Rock” (2019), plus and a tenth anniversary edition of Brothers (2020). The band has won six Grammy Awards and a BRIT and headlined festivals in North America, South America, Mexico, Australia, and Europe.
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