The Black Keys
Rubber Factory

Fat Possum / Epitaph
Reviewed by: R. S. Ross
Reviewed on: 2004-09-07

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Posted 09/07/2004 - 02:01:24 PM by IanMathers:
 "Stack Shot Billy" - is that another take on Stagger Lee/Stack A Lee?
Posted 09/08/2004 - 09:45:23 AM by busabus:
 Marred by defunct smokestacks, overgrown shipping yards and a canal filled with sludgy green carp? You must've grown up on the east side in shittown, son. Sorry about that, but the only things that marred where Pat Carney grew up were $300,000 houses, an overpriced organic food market and the Stan Hewitt mansion. "Akron inspires MOST of its residents to swig cheap beer and crank CCR." ??? Are you that desperate to establish the Black Keys' as hard rockin' tough guys? Gimme a fuckin' break. I'd tell you to get a fact checker when it comes to talking about Akron, but since you're from there I guess I'd just suggest that you open your eyes.
Posted 09/08/2004 - 11:11:57 AM by rsross:
 The town is bleak and the music captures some of that bleakness. That's the point. I don't know what house Pat grew up in, but I know the music he makes suits a lot of the neighborhoods I know (neighborhoods, incidentally, where most people cranked CCR in their basements and swigged cheap beer). Sounds like you grew up on the Westside, or at least know a lot about its supermarkets.
Posted 09/08/2004 - 02:20:32 PM by rsross:
 Ian - They don't sound much alike.
Posted 09/09/2004 - 11:53:10 AM by busabus:
 RS, I just get exhausted from the undying attempts to portray a blues-suitable image for the Black Keys that doesn't represent who they really are. I understand the need for credibility, I suppose, and I don't expect them to stand up and say, "Yeah we're blues rockers from suburbia" but, on the same token, it'd be nice if journalists didn't always feel the need to make Akron seem so completely bleak just to provide support for the Keys' choice in music. It just seems like unneeded image building that doesn't let their music speak for itself.
Posted 09/09/2004 - 02:33:00 PM by rsross:
Posted 09/10/2004 - 12:17:57 PM by grinder:
 Hey, if you had to clean the algae out of your built-in Olympic-size pool, you'd have the blues, too.