Black Keys sue Pizza Hut

The Black Keys are suing Pizza Hut. Well we’ve all occasionally been disappointed with the quality of the mozzarella or some lukewarm pepperoni, but going to court seems a tad excessive.

In fact the band are miffed with Pizza Hut’s alleged purloining of their music. Singer Dan Auerbach, drummer Patrick Carney and producer Danger Mouse filed the initial proceedings, claiming that Pizza Hut and its advertising agency used "significant portions" of their track Gold on the Ceiling in an ad for, oh the humiliation . . . Cheesy Bites Pizza.

While they were at it, the band also issued proceedings against the Home Depot store, for allegedly using the track Lonely Boy in an advert for power tools. Which may or may not have been appropriate, but did not impress the Black Keys.

Their lawyers say that the use of the songs, after the band had written demanding the commercials be withdrawn amounted to "a brazen and improper effort to capitalise on plaintiffs' hard-earned success."

In between the serious business of briefing their lawyers and issuing write the Black keys have found time to release a documentary, directed by Noah Adams. It’s a behind-the-scenes, on-the-road movie, following the band during their El Camino world tour. Adams calls it a "buddy movie with perhaps the greatest soundtrack of all time".

"A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people cool,” the director said. "I'm fortunate enough to know these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny."

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