Gold on the Ceiling" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the third track from their seventh studio album, , and was released as the record's second single on February 25, 2012. The song was certified platinum in Australia and Canada. El Camino [2 ]
Music videos [ edit ]
Two videos were shot for the song. The first, directed by Reid Long, features footage from the band's concerts, as well as candid shots of them on tour.
A second music video, directed by
Harmony Korine, was shot prior to the single release, but was not released until May 2012. The video features the band members wearing Baby Björns and being carried by giant doppelgängers of theirs, played by two Belmont Bruins men's basketball players. [3 ]
Reception [ edit ]
Will Hermes of
called the song's keyboards "a serrated organ growl backed up with a SWAT team of hand claps" and cited it as an example of Rolling Stone Danger Mouse's prowess as a producer and co-writer. Summarizing the song, Hermes wrote, "It's Sixties bubblegum garage pop writ large, with T. Rex swagger and a guitar freakout that perfectly mirrors the lyrics, a paranoid rant that makes you shiver while you shimmy." John Soeder of [4 ] labeled it one of the album's finest and said that it sounded like a hybrid of The Plain Dealer Norman Greenbaum's " Spirit in the Sky" and Gary Glitter's " Rock and Roll Part 2". Harley Brown of [5 ] Consequence of Sound called the song "bombastic, slightly sleazy" and said that it "best sums up The Black Keys' almost unbelievably consistent musicianship and success". Melissa Maerz of [6 ] said that the song, "with its swarm-of-bees organs and acid-trip gospel harmonies, could be a lost Entertainment Weekly gem". Nuggets Randall Roberts of the [7 ] , writing about the song's retro stylings, said that it "sounds as if it's existed forever". Los Angeles Times Sam Richards of [8 ] said that the song's "brilliantly demented cowboy glam holler... is boosted by the band's new trio of female backing singers wailing for all they're worth". NME [9 ]
Use in popular media [ edit ]
"Gold on the Ceiling" was used in a prominent television advertising campaign for the
2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament nicknamed "Brackets Everywhere" on Turner Sports and CBS Sports networks. Along with being featured in commercials for the tournament, the song was featured during in-game coverage of the games. [10 ] A mix of the song is also used in a 2012
United Kingdom advert for the Indian beer Cobra. [11 ]
The Sweet (with guitarist Andy Scott as the only original member) covered this song on their 2012 album New York Connection. It was also released as downloadable content for the video game
. Rocksmith The first few seconds of the song as well as the end of the song was heard at the beginning of the
season 9 episode, "The Good Son". NCIS It is used in the advertisements for the TV series
. Veep It is featured on the
video game . MLB 12: The Show It is also used in the second half of the theatrical trailer for
, which stars The Campaign Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. The song can be heard on an episode of
Workaholics entitled, "To Kill a Chupacabra". The song was also performed live at the
2012 MTV Movie Awards by the band, accompanied on guitar by Johnny Depp. [12 ]
NBC Sports has made video montages with "Gold on the Ceiling" during the 2012 Summer Olympics honoring the Olympic athletes who had won gold medals. Currently, the song is the theme song for NASCAR: Race Day on SPEED.
The song was also used on the
episode "All In". Suits The song is also heard in the soccer scene of the movie
Vancouver Canucks use this song as their goal song when a player scores a goal. The
Nashville Predators, whose colors scheme includes gold, experimented with Gold on the Ceiling as its new goal song during the summer of 2014. [13 ]
Single cover [ edit ]
The cover art for the single features a picture of an abandoned, dilapidated building. It is actually an entrance to the former
Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio.
Personnel [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Gold Platinum Database: The Black Keys - Gold on the Ceiling". Music Canada . Retrieved . July 20, 2012
^ Phillips, Amy (2012-05-31). "Watch: New Black Keys Video for "Gold on the Ceiling" Directed by Harmony Korine". . Pitchfork Pitchfork Media . Retrieved . 2012-06-04
^ Hermes, Will (2011-12-22). "The Keys Turn Their Blues-Rock Beater into a Sleek, Shiny Muscle Car". (1146/1147): 85–86 Rolling Stone . Retrieved . 2012-02-03
^ Soeder, John (2011-12-10). "Black Keys take their 'El Camino' for a spin in the pursuit of pop: Review". . Cleveland Live LLC Cleveland.com . Retrieved . 2012-03-01
^ Brown, Harley (2011-12-06). "Album Review: The Black Keys – El Camino". Consequence of Sound . Retrieved . 2012-03-01
^ Maerz, Melissa (2011-12-09). "El Camino (2011): The Black Keys". (1184): 72 Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . 2011-12-08
^ Roberts, Randall (2011-12-05). "Album review: The Black Keys' ‘El Camino’". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved . 2011-12-05
^ Richards, Sam (2011-12-02). "Album Review: The Black Keys - 'El Camino. '" NME . Retrieved . 2011-12-05
^ "Turner, CBS: ‘Brackets Everywhere’". . National Collegiate Athletic Association Turner Sports Interactive. 2012-02-29 . Retrieved . 2012-03-07
^ "Johnny Depp plays guitar with The Black Keys at MTV Movie Awards". NME.com. 4 June 2012 . Retrieved . 5 June 2012
^ " Australian-charts.com – The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
^ " Ultratop.be – The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
^ " Ultratop.be – The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling" (in French). Ultratip.
^ a b c d e "Gold on the Ceiling - The Black Keys". Billboard . Retrieved . February 21, 2012
^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - April 17, 2012". America's Music Charts . Retrieved . April 17, 2012
^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - March 13, 2012". America's Music Charts . Retrieved . March 13, 2012
^ " Chart Track: Week 13, 2012". Irish Singles Chart.
^ "Artists: Black Keys". The Official UK Charts Company . Retrieved . 2012-09-06
^ "The Black Keys – Chart history: Adult Alternative Songs". . Billboard Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved . June 4, 2014
^ "Best of 2012 - Rock Songs 1-10". Billboard.com . Retrieved . January 16, 2013
^ "Best of 2012 - Alternative Songs 1-10". Billboard.com . Retrieved . January 16, 2013