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25 Things You Didn't Know About the Black Keys

This duo has known each other since they were children and has been recording music together for almost 15 years.

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    The Black Keys got their band name from a schizophrenic friend who always use to refer to them as black keys (similar to the saying of a “bad egg”)

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    The Black Keys formed in 2001 in Akron, OH and consist of two members, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. Both now live in Nashville, TN.

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    Their debut album was titled “The Big Come Up” and was greatly praised by Rolling Stone Magazine
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    Patrick and Dan grew up in the same neighborhood. They attended Firestone High School and University of Akron together but hung out with different friends. They both dropped out of college, as well.

    Source: American Songwriter

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    In 2003 they were listed one of Time Magazine's "10 Best Acts of 2003".

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    Towards the beginning of their careers they were offered £200,000 to do a mayonnaise commercial overseas but turned it down because they believed it would make them look bad. After their families found out about the rejected deal, they were quite upset because it was a large sum of money that would help them out greatly. Hummer offered them a deal which they turned down as well.

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    After a European tour that led them to lose $3,000 they decided to start licensing their music in advertisements and more to help their songs get more exposure and pay for their expenses since they weren't selling enough albums. Their songs have now been featured in commercials for the Sony Ericsson, Victoria Secret, and Lee Jeans.

    Source: Rolling Stone

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    In 2008 they played a benefit concert to support President Obama's candidacy.

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    Brothers was recorded "in a cinderblock building in the middle of nowhere in Alabama, with five microphones and a guitar amp and a drum set," according to Patrick Carney in an interview with NPR.
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    "Set You Free" was in the "School of Rock" soundtrack and "When the Lights Go Out" is in the soundtrack for "Black Snake Moan"
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    The band's first single to make it on the Billboard Top 100 chart was Tighten Up in 2010.
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    In January of 2011 they appeared in their very first SNL skit and returning later that year as musical guests, and again in May 2014.

    Source: Hulu

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    Their music has been used in video games including Grand Theft Auto IV, FIFA '11 and many others.
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    Dan can play multiple instruments including guitar, vocals, bass guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, and the synthesizer.

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    Patrick Carney told Interview Magazine the 2010 Grammys "was also a major bummer to walk down the red carpet and realize that not a single person there wanted to talk to any musicians - they wanted to see Kim Kardashian"

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    Patrick Carney was married to Denise Grollmus from 2007-2009 (and with her since age 20) and his ex-wife wrote about her marriage to him in Salon Magazine. He's now remarried to Emily Ward. Shaun White was a guest at their wedding! (Note: the woman in the center is Jessica Szohr.)

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    In 2011, when tickets for their first area headlining tour went on sale, Madison Square Garden sold out in 15 minutes according to Rolling Stone!

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    Patrick Carney formed another band called "Drummer" and played bass while bandmate Dan Auerbach was on a solo tour in 2009. Each member of "Drummer" played drums in another band.

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    Dan was captain of his Firestone High School soccer team and way more popular than Patrick was.

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    Both Patrick and Dan have producer credits for other bands, including Lana Del Rey, Dr. John, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Tennis, Hacienda and more.

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    Pat and Dan first began jamming around 1996 encouraged by their brothers to play together but weren't in a band together until a few years later. Dan wanted to use Carney's basement studio to record a demo but Dan's band didn't show up, so Pat stepped in as a filler. They made a six-song demo, sent it out and got their first record deal.

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    They won many Grammys including three for Brothers in 2010 and three for El Camino in 2013. Brothers was also named iTunes album of the year in 2010. The Black Keys won their first international award in 2013 for International Group at the BRIT Awards.

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    The band's national television debut was on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2003.

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    Drummer Patrick Carney has been known to call out celebs he isn't fond of and spark controversy, including making beef with Justin Bieber and the band Nickelback.

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    The band invited Johnny Depp to play rhythm guitar with them on "Gold on the Ceiling" for the MTV Movie Awards in 2012. He had so much fun he played along to "Lonely Boy" after receiving an award for the MTV Generation Award at the event.

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