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The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" (El Camino - 2011)

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"Lonely Boy" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the opening track from their 2011 studio album El Camino and was released as the record's lead single on October 26, 2011.
"Lonely Boy" is 3:13 in length. The music and the lyrics were written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in the key of E major; only three chords are used throughout the song.
The song is set in the time signature of common time with a tempo of 171 beats per minute.
According to Auerbach, the guitar riff was inspired by Johnny Burnette's cover of "Train Kept A-Rollin'".

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The promotional music video for "Lonely Boy" features actor/musician/part-time security guard Derrick T. Tuggle dancing and lip-syncing to the song in the parking lot of a motel. The video, shot in a single take, went viral and garnered more than 400,000 views on YouTube within 24 hours. According to Tuggle, who was cast as an extra, the video was originally supposed to have six or seven other people appear, along with the Black Keys who were set to hand the keys to their motel room to Tuggle.
However, his improvised dancing on the set inspired a change to the video.

He said, "The director just sort of noticed me dancing and asked me, 'Can you perform?' I said, 'I can dance, anybody can dance,' so I took some moves from everybody: John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction, the Carlton Banks dance from The Fresh Prince and a little bit of Michael Jackson, so it was a smorgasbord of everybody in there." He added, "It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing. My acting teacher Mark McPherson, he has us do this thing before we start class called 'Song and Dance,' where he'll have us sing one of our favorite songs, and then while we're singing it, he'll have us do a crazy dance, or a sexy dance, and I guess it spawned from that."



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