Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, Encore Presentation: The Black Keys

It is hard to have a hit record these days. Hell, with all the music out there, it’s nearly impossible to attract any kind of meaningful attention. All the noise and distractions and competition…

If you’re a new band with a debut record, you have anywhere from six to thirteen weeks to make an impression once that first single comes out. If you fail to achieve significant traction with radio and retail and streaming and fans during that short window, you’re in trouble. And if your record label doesn’t make it happen with the second single–well, let’s hope you still have your day job.

It wasn’t always like this. Back in the pre-Internet days, a record label could afford to wait for a band to develop and mature through two, three, four even five albums. Would U2 be as big as they are today if they weren’t allowed to stumble through their first two albums? The Chili Peppers are with us because they were able to find their way through a number of records before breaking through with Bloodsugarsexmagick. And REM released five indie records before they were signed to a major label deal.

That was hard on them. They were on a treadmill of recording and touring and recording and tour with little downtime in between. But they wanted it so bad that they did what was necessary. Hey, it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll, you know?

The same can be said of the Black Keys. A lot of people might think they have maybe three records to their name. Nope. There’s a lot more than that. And unless you’re a hardcore fan, you might not know about some of the stuff they’ve done.

Let’s get caught up with the Black Keys.

Songs included on this show (all by the Black Keys, naturally):


Leavin’ Trunk

Set You Free

10AM Automatic

Your Touch

I Got Mine

Tighten Up

Lonely Boy

The Weigh of Love

Hard Row (Live)

Eric Wilhite put all of the above in a nice playlist.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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