The Moan

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The Moan
EP by The Black Keys
Released January 19, 2004
Genre Blues rock
Length 10:46
Label Alive (ALIVE0047-2)
The Black Keys chronology
The Moan
Rubber Factory
Alternative cover
7" Single cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The Moan is the third release and first EP by the American blues-rock duo The Black Keys, released in 2004. This is their last release for Alive Records, as the band switched to Fat Possum Records to publish their 2003 LP Thickfreakness the previous year.

The title track for The Moan was also made available on a vinyl 7" SP (ALIVE0047-1), with "Have Love Will Travel (Radio Edit)" as the B-side (Alive Records). The original cut of "Have Love Will Travel", which is a Sonics through Richard Berry cover, was first released on Thickfreakness. "Heavy Soul (alternate)" is a reprise of The Big Come Up version. The remaining track is "No Fun", a Stooges cover.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Moan"   Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney 3:45
2. "Heavy Soul" (Alternative Version) Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney 2:36
3. "No Fun"   Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop 2:32
4. "Have Love Will Travel" (Radio Edit) Richard Berry 2:33
  • The 2-track single vinyl edition has been pressed on several different colors (black, pink, red, purple and most recently turquoise).

The Moan got its name from time spent working on the N25 South Ringroad in Cork under the tutelage of Engineering Superstar Jimmy "The Moan" Kelly