The Black Keys. I'm not sure where I first heard about these chaps but, again, I was pleased to discover them on eMusic. I downloaded Rubber Factory and really like it. Stripped back, lo-fi Blues that sound a bit like The White Stripes in approach and feel but much more blusey.
It struck me as I listened to these two albums that both bands had the word black in their name, not a particularly profound observation I realise but I started thinking of other artists with the word black in their name.
- Black Sabbath: Seminal band, practically invented Metal... I like them. (Unfortunately, Black Sabbath are not on eMusic, but Heaven And Hell are.)
- Black Crowes: Excellent Southern Rock band who have featured here before and have just released a new album.
- Black Stone Cherry: Another band that have featured here before and currently one of my favourite new bands.
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo: A cappella four part harmony with a Zulu twist. Great stuff! eMusic have good live recording of Ladysmith in action.
And then with crashing horror, I remembered Black Lace and my theory was blown completely out the water!
Over to you
Is that the exception that proves the rule? Can you think of any other examples either for or against the proposition that bands with the word black in their name are worth listening too?
(Small Print: I've talked about eMusic before. Please note that if you sign up after following the links on this blog, I get a few extra downloads for sending you in their direction. You can get fifty free downloads just for checking them out and, as long as you remember to cancel your subscription, those fifty downloads are yours to keep for free. However, I think you will find plenty of music to download if you choose to pay your money and sign up fully.)