Fever (The Black Keys song)

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"Fever"
Black Keys Fever cover.png
Single by The Black Keys
from the album Turn Blue
B-side "Turn Blue"
Released March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24)
Format
Recorded January 2013 at Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan[2][3]
Genre
Length
  • 4:06 (album version)
  • 3:33 (radio edit)
Label Nonesuch
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Black Keys singles chronology
"Little Black Submarines"
(2012)
"Fever"
(2014)
"Turn Blue"
(2014)
"Little Black Submarines"
(2012)
"Fever"
(2014)
"Turn Blue"
(2014)

"Fever" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It was released on March 24, 2014, as the lead single from their eighth studio album, Turn Blue.[4] On April 15, 2014, the song was released on CD with the album's title track as a B-side, along with a credit applicable to purchases of the physical formats of the album.[1] For the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, "Fever" was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

Recording[edit]

"Fever" was recorded in January 2013 at Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan, during the group's initial recording sessions for Turn Blue.[2][3] Describing the song's origin, guitarist Dan Auerbach said, "that one started with that melody. And it was [drummer Patrick Carney] and I on our own; we recorded that song and it came pretty quickly. I had that melody in my mind, worked out what the chords were and then we kept it really simple. We kept the bass and drums simple and dancey and tried to keep it upbeat — sort of like Motown". The group worked on the song's coda with producer Danger Mouse in subsequent sessions.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Theo Wenner, son of Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner, and was released on May 1, 2014. It features Auerbach portraying a sweaty televangelist preaching to an audience as Carney sits nearby. During the video, a phone number flashes on screen accompanied by a scrolling list of people who have donated.[6][7]

The video was nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, and Brian Burton.

CD single[1]
No. Title Length
1. "Fever" 4:06
2. "Turn Blue" 3:43

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States March 24, 2014 Digital download Nonesuch Records [25]
Active rock radio [26]
Adult album alternative radio [26]
Modern rock radio [26]
Italy August 22, 2014 Contemporary hit radio [27]
United States April 15, 2014 Compact disc [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "'Fever'/'Turn Blue' CD Single". The Black Keys. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Scoppa, Bud (June 2014). "Q&A". Uncut (205): 67. 
  3. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (June 2014). "To Infinity and Beyond". Mojo (247): 75–84. 
  4. ^ Blistein, Jon (March 24, 2014). "The Black Keys Spiral Into Hypnotic New Song 'Fever'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hilton, Robin; Bob Boilen (May 7, 2014). "The Black Keys 'Turn Blue': The All Songs Interview". NPR Music. NPR. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hogan, Marc (May 1, 2014). "Watch Black Keys' 'Fever' Video, Call a Mysterious Phone Number". Spin.com. Spin Media. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 1, 2014). "Black Keys Summon the 'Fever' in New Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Black Keys – Fever" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Black Keys – Fever" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Black Keys – Fever" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  15. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  16. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  17. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  18. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  19. ^ "The Black Keys Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  20. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Fever by The Black Keys". United States: 7digital. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  26. ^ a b c Segall, Bryce (March 20, 2014). "New Black Keys Single 'Fever' To Arrive Monday". Revolt. Archived from the original on March 22, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  27. ^ Fagioli, Roberto. "The Black Keys – Fever (Nonesuch)" (in Italian). Radio Airplay SRL. Archived from the original on September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

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