The Black Keys have released a second music video for the song "Gold On The Ceiling," the second single from the band's latest album El Camino. The clip was directed by Harmony Korine, the eccentric filmmaker who wrote Kids and directed Gummo and Trash Humpers. The Keys hinted at the clip's existence back in February, with frontman Dan Auerbach telling MTV News, "We did a video with Harmony . . . Pat (Carney, drums) and I are dressed up like babies, in onesies, and we're in BabyBjorns being carried by giants who have our faces. And (it) also had the ATL Twins in it . . . they're these twins who are all Fubu'ed out, but they only have sex with the same girl. They're really strange. They sleep in the same bed together."
The final version of the clip, shot on VHS tape, matches a lot of Auerbach's description.
It features the Keys being carried by dead-faced giants through a washed-out suburban sprawl, clutching fire extinguishers and sipping questionable substances from baby bottles, along with odd pop-up slogans and other creepy moments.
MTV News called it "unquestionably the strangest video a major-label rock band has foisted upon the world in a long time -- maybe ever."
Auerbach told us how the song's '70s glam rock sound came together: "Yeah, I mean, we're always listening to kind of whatever weirdness...maybe I was listening to the Sweet like a week before that or something, I don't know. Those things just happen. It's weird, we can start with like a, I don't know, a klezmer tune and try to copy it, and then all of a sudden it sounds like a glam rock song. That's just sort of how it usually happens."
The Black Keys will play scattered festival dates in North America and Europe throughout the summer, with more U.S. shows penciled in for the fall.