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The Black Keys — Howlin' For You
Album: Brothers
Avg rating:
7.2

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1507









Released: 2010
Length: 3:09
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Alright, yeah

Well-a
I must admit, I can't explain
Any of these thoughts racing through my brain, it's true
Baby I'm howlin' for you

All right
There's something wrong with this plot
The actors here have not got a clue
Baby I'm howlin' for you

Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da

Mockingbird, can't you see
The little girl's got a hold on me like glue
Baby I'm howlin' for you

Throw the ball to the stick
Swing and miss in the catcher's mitt, strike two
Baby I'm howlin' for you

Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da
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Comments (126)add comment
Animalistic, instinctivistic, very great sound from the jungle-cave
It's not bad and all the rest, but somehow, and this is just my humble opinion, it sounds contrived to me. Crafted to match a preexisting idea rather than just crafted because that's where doing it took them.
 Skydog wrote:
amateurish but maybe it's me, I'm bored with it
 Just noticed I originally gave it a 5.........boring.

This song sounds like that weirdo that sang Rock and Roll.
Da da da da da duh.....da da da da da duh..... Dylan has no worries.
yuk
Just doesn't stand the test of time....time to find the vault for this one for a few years...
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

I thought it was the Sweet for a few seconds. Now, that would have been funny.
 
I'm pretty sure The Sweet and several other '70s acts are the main inspirations for this band.
Goooood{#Clap}
Love this music. Basic but love it.
 lizardking wrote:

Maybe it's because I'm a bit tired of this track....in reading this comment thread it appears that cherjr was saying that The Heavy are from England as opposed to The Black Keys who are from Akron OH.  OH...I'm also downgrading my rating to a 6 on this....I really like the intro and then it goes downhill quickly....definitely not a tune I enjoy hearing more than once a year or so.

 
really complex
The best sound for me for a long time {#Bananajam}
Thought this was Ani DiFranco. Not a fan. Of either. 
 easmann wrote:
cherjr wrote:
Can't understand why this has more air time than The Heavy :) Maybe because they're from England? :)
  
jim1964 wrote:
I think these guys are from Ohio.
 
Oh my goodness! So are Charles Manson, Marilyn Manson, Edwin Moses, Chrissie Hynde, Thomas Edison, Luke Perry, Gloria Steinem, R. L. Stine, Jonathon Winters, Doris Day, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Dennis Kucinich! What can this possibly mean!?!  ; )
Proclivities wrote:

Jim1964 was just correcting cherjr's apparent assertion that The Black Keys from England.  I don't think he was casting any aspersions at people born in The Buckeye State or concocting some sort of conspiracy theory.

 
Maybe it's because I'm a bit tired of this track....in reading this comment thread it appears that cherjr was saying that The Heavy are from England as opposed to The Black Keys who are from Akron OH.  OH...I'm also downgrading my rating to a 6 on this....I really like the intro and then it goes downhill quickly....definitely not a tune I enjoy hearing more than once a year or so.
 easmann wrote:
cherjr wrote:
Can't understand why this has more air time than The Heavy :) Maybe because they're from England? :)
  
jim1964 wrote:
I think these guys are from Ohio.
 
Oh my goodness! So are Charles Manson, Marilyn Manson, Edwin Moses, Chrissie Hynde, Thomas Edison, Luke Perry, Gloria Steinem, R. L. Stine, Jonathon Winters, Doris Day, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Dennis Kucinich! What can this possibly mean!?!  ; )

 
Jim1964 was just correcting cherjr's apparent assertion that The Black Keys from England.  I don't think he was casting any aspersions at people born in The Buckeye State or concocting some sort of conspiracy theory.
 easmann wrote:
cherjr wrote:
Can't understand why this has more air time than The Heavy :) Maybe because they're from England? :)
  
jim1964 wrote:
I think these guys are from Ohio.
 
Oh my goodness! So are Charles Manson, Marilyn Manson, Edwin Moses, Chrissie Hynde, Thomas Edison, Luke Perry, Gloria Steinem, R. L. Stine, Jonathon Winters, Doris Day, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Dennis Kucinich! What can this possibly mean!?!  ; )

 
{#Clap}
 Baby_M wrote:
I'm not all that excited about the song, but the official video is a masterpiece.

 
Thanks for the link, that was excellent!
Good band good music.
amateurish but maybe it's me, I'm bored with it
This is one of those songs that i think of being "like cheap bubble gum"... I like it a lot at first but it loses it's flavor fast.
 ppopp wrote:
This band's producer and engineer team have created a revolting sound with this. Like it's loudness wars on steroids.

 
Yeah it sounds like plastic
This song really sucks, gets more annoying every time i hear it. Just my opinion!
This band's producer and engineer team have created a revolting sound with this. Like it's loudness wars on steroids.
That song is just fun
2nd yuk ... so top 40...... PSD time!
{#Guitarist}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}Black Keys rock
I'm not all that excited about the song, but the official video is a masterpiece.
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
In a way this song reminds me of the song She Blinded Me With Science from Thomas Dolby...

 
But Thomas Dolby was so much better.
In a way this song reminds me of the song She Blinded Me With Science from Thomas Dolby...
My favorite album! {#Bananajam}
Yuk
This is the sound of a focus group's wet dream. PSD.
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Kind of reminds me of some 70s music but I can't put my finger on which song.  It'll come to me.

And yes, this is pop but it is still pretty good.

 
Everything they've done seems to have a '70s sound.
Kind of reminds me of some 70s music but I can't put my finger on which song.  It'll come to me.

And yes, this is pop but it is still pretty good.
666 ratings... I'll wait for mine{#Devil_pimp}
another poppy indie band for skinny teens. sucko
 TerryS wrote:
10,000 watts pumping plus stadium lights pulsing plus that sweet smell from burning leaves, pheromones heaving Oh yes.

 

...if only they'd turn it up...
I never "got" Journey, either.
10,000 watts pumping plus stadium lights pulsing plus that sweet smell from burning leaves, pheromones heaving Oh yes.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
We don't get to hear much of Gary Glitter over here these days.  He's not very popular.

 
Right - more Glitter than T-Rex - without the pedophile undertones of Herr Glitter!
 Verpeiler wrote:
I'm hearing T-Rex. Which isn't a bad thing mind you …

 
But not more than 9 to 7% in my opinion!
I'm hearing T-Rex. Which isn't a bad thing mind you …
Good song. Definitely borrowed heavily from The Doors, as others have mentioned here. "Texas Radio and the Big Beat".
 cherjr wrote:

I meant The Heavy (they're from Bath, AFAIK)

 
They are indeed from my very own fair city.... but I think they mean more in the US than they do over here..
 DaidyBoy wrote:
We don't get to hear much of Gary Glitter over here these days.  He's not very popular.

 
But his legacy lives on!!
 ziakut wrote:
I like the feel of this...even though I am thoroughly sick of it.

 
Well said.
I like the feel of this...even though I am thoroughly sick of it.
We don't get to hear much of Gary Glitter over here these days.  He's not very popular.
Rock n Roll!!!!!!!{#Drummer}
Oh yeah! The perfect stomping segue to Tame Impala. These guys are crunchier than a bowl of walnuts. 'Kin brilliant!
Glam wrock!    
 jim1964 wrote:

I think these guys are from Ohio.
 
I meant The Heavy (they're from Bath, AFAIK)
 finoufk wrote:

am I dreaming ?  the bass, drum and even guitar sound like some T rex piece to me...

 
Much of what they do sounds a little bit like some artist from the 1970s (particularly T. Rex), which I usually find pretty cool, but unfortunately, this reminds me too much of Gary Glitter's horrible "Rock & Roll Part 2", but not too much.
def not my favorite of theirs, but it's pretty good.
The more I hear of the Black Keys the more I love them.  {#Dancingbanana}
SUCH a cool funky bluesy groove!  LOVE THIS TUNE!
interesting song
it gets better as it goes along
but...well,    {#Shifty} 
OK. It's very tight, musically speaking for me, but all that "da da dum dum" is just so much bubble gum to me.
Lordy, I'm a poet & I don't even know it! Ha! Joy to the world, now, let's all hurl!
I'll be seeing them again February and with the Band of Skulls.  That one can't come soon enough!  How about some Ocean Colour Scene next up - I see them touring Moseley Shoals all over again in 2 weeks.  Sorry people but I had no better place to gloat.
very funny video for this:
https://youtu.be/TLSpj7q6_mM
 
I am hearing Uncle Frank's Willie the Pimp.
Any one heard any songs from their brand new release?

am I dreaming ?  the bass, drum and even guitar sound like some T rex piece to me...


as to being overplayed, I guess it depends on the when and where....never heard this tune until  RP. Thanks for relieving my musical stagnation. in this neck of the woods you do not need bother with the average media. It´s all regurgitated, force fed,( buy this) trash...
 
 jim1964 wrote:

I think these guys are from Ohio.
 
Thats right!

 cherjr wrote:
Can't understand why this has more air time than The Heavy :) Maybe because they're from England? :)
 
I think these guys are from Ohio.
Can't understand why this has more air time than The Heavy :) Maybe because they're from England? :)
This has a really fun video.

https://youtu.be/TLSpj7q6_mM

Oh fuck yeah.
 peyotecoyote wrote:

what's with the buzzing bees?

 
That'll be a kazoo. I don't think that bees train that well... ;)

What you don't hear with a regular speaker set is that the chorus has a very deep tone which gives it that extra powerful sound, so listening to this in my car with a fairly large subwoofer is pretty fun! {#Mrgreen}

 Darlington wrote:
Love, love, love this album!!!!!
 
Me too!!  Despite hearing this song everywhere now...  I can happily report I heard it HERE first!

this sounds sooo eighties!
Sounds like a mix between Gary Glitter and The Stray Cats. Not something I would want on my band's resume', but hey they cash big checks and I am quite sure they don't give a shit.{#Rolleyes}
t'is a jolly tune though
Couldn't agree more,
It's not that great a song to start with and then it's overplayed to death.  Yuk

Unfortunatly this song is going to be played at every sports arena in America (during timeouts) for the next 20 years.
 

 
4merdj wrote:
Superlatively overplayed! {#Stop}
 

This song reminds me of the Dirtbombs
 
 
 4merdj wrote:
Superlatively overplayed! {#Stop}
 
yeah, this thing has really taken off in the last 2 months as far as radio play is concerned...I'm hearing it EVERYWHERE!  And for once, that's a good thing.

Oh now this is really very nice
Superlatively overplayed! {#Stop}
 mgkiwi wrote:
Blimey, I thought it was going to be Gary Glitter - good rip off!
 
You beat me to it.  Maybe they'll use this one as an update for the well-worn cliche'd hockey song.  Or not...

the music video for this song is epic
{#Rolleyes}
I caught them and love it. Love them the most when it was just the two of them playing. Great Stuff. Love this album. One of my favorites of 2010.   nerakdon wrote:
Anyone else catch them on Austin City Limits?
 


 peyotecoyote wrote:


maybe i just need a pair of AUX speakers??
 


Anyone else catch them on Austin City Limits?
 peyotecoyote wrote:

what's with the buzzing bees?


 

maybe i just need a pair of AUX speakers??

what's with the buzzing bees?


Thanks Bill!
Outstanding set, RP! Great mix! Thanks!
 Darlington wrote:
Love, love, love this album!!!!!
 
Ditto

Annoying.
Love, love, love this album!!!!!
Blimey, I thought it was going to be Gary Glitter - good rip off!
Love the attitude. Sure it sounds like a dozen other things, but no way I can sit still through i!
LOVE these guys!
Everytime I hear this I keep bumping it down a notch. I'm down to a 2...its not that good of a song and its getting real old.
At first I thought, "Are the REALLY playing Gary Glitter on RP?"

 Poacher wrote:

I thought it was the Sweet for a few seconds. Now, that would have been funny.
 
The Sweet on RP! I wouldn't rule it out ;)

I always think it's these guys



Ultraglide In Black

Chains Of Love
If You Can Want
Underdog
Your Love Belongs Under A Rock
I'll Wait
Livin' For The City
The Thing
Kung Fu
Ode To A Black Man
Got To Give It Up
Livin' For the Weekend
I'm Qualified to Satisfy You
Do You See My Love (For You Growing)

In The Red, 2001



I've never been a fan of songs that regress to the "na na na da da da" BS. If you are too lazy to write more lyrics, please just end the song. I realize that The Black Keys are the darling group of the moment, but come on, this song isn't that good, mainly due to the babbling.

I have to say....this song remind me of Pink
AAwwwoooooo! {#Cowboy}{#Motor}
 coolpeople_rule wrote:


Very good...I just thought it was a kazoo.
 
What we need here is MORE KAZOO!!!   {#Yell}
These guys rocked in Tampa a few weeks back. Awesome.
LOVE IT!
 PopKombo wrote:
Sounds like a Sears "SilverTone" guitar being played through an amp with a broken speaker.  Haven't heard that sound in 45 years.
 

Very good...I just thought it was a kazoo.
love.

Sounds like a Sears "SilverTone" guitar being played through an amp with a broken speaker.  Haven't heard that sound in 45 years.
Volume down really low because of the Rush song that just played... This one made me think there was a bee stuck in the window keeping time with the music.
 
Seriously. I thought there was a bee.


 fredriley wrote:
'Kinell! Adam and the Ants are back from the dead! Stompety-stomp. Like, retro madness, dude :o)
 
I thought it was the Sweet for a few seconds. Now, that would have been funny.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Awesome! Kiss, Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow—opening drums rule.
 
Hmm also Gary Glitter but yeah.

 200 wrote:


 
Looks more like a pipe for smoking drugs


'Kinell! Adam and the Ants are back from the dead! Stompety-stomp. Like, retro madness, dude :o)
Yup. This song rocks.
I don't think it's a kazoo, I think it's wax paper on a comb.  Even less control.  Song still rocks, though.

 
danmcminn wrote:

It's a kazoo, because 200 thinks the background music sounds like a kazoo. I can see where 200 is coming from on that one.

 


 200 wrote:


Cynaera wrote: Okay, I've stared at that image for far too long, but I still don't get it.

 
It's a kazoo, because 200 thinks the background music sounds like a kazoo. I can see where 200 is coming from on that one.

Awesome! Kiss, Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow—drum vamps rule.

 Cynaera wrote:

Okay, I've stared at that image for far too long, but I still don't get it.

  It's a kazoo. And I agree, there is a very kazooish sound goin' on there.
 
This album rocks, BTW.