7/12-inch Singles/E.P.s Alternative/Experimental/Indie Rock U.S.A. 2000s The Walkmen – “Rat”

7/12-inch Singles/E.P.s Alternative/Experimental/Indie Rock U.S.A. 2000s

The Walkmen (New York, Philadelphia, U.S.A.)

“Rat” (written by The Walkmen) A’ Side single, recorded and mixed at The Magic Shop, New York, NY, in  October 2003

Released on Record Collection Records (16393-7) in 2004

Singer Hamilton Leithauser told Rolling Stone magazine that this song originated when the band were “just screwin’ around.” Then the band’s drummer Matt Barrick kicked off a breakneck groove, and the others joined in. He concluded: “We threw some chords on it, I wrote the words in five minutes, and then we all started slammin’!”
Pitchfork Media voted this #6 in their list of best singles of 2004.
The Rat” is a song by American indie rock band The Walkmen. It was released as the first single from their second studio album, Bows + Arrows (2004), on April 19, 2004. The song peaked at number 45 on the UK Singles Chart and number 49 on the Scottish Singles Chart. It has received high acclaim from critics, featuring in many publications’ best-of-the-decade lists.
The video features a live performance shot in black and white making use of chiaroscuro and directed by filmmaker Eva Aridjis.
Line-up/Credits :

Hamilton Leithauser – vocalsguitars

Paul Maroon – guitarspiano

Walter Martin – organ, pandemonium

Peter Bauer – bass

Matt Barrick – drums

Lyrics :

You’ve got a nerve to be asking a favor
You’ve got a nerve to be calling my number
I know we’ve been through this before
Can’t you hear me, I’m calling out your name?
Can’t you see me, I’m pounding on your door?
You’ve got a nerve to be asking a favor
You’ve got a nerve to be calling my number
Can’t you hear me, I’m bleeding on the wall?
Can’t you see me, I’m pounding on your door?
Can’t you hear me when I’m calling out your name?
When I used to go out, I would know everyone that I saw
Now I go out alone if I go out at all
When I used to go out I’d know everyone I saw
Now I go out alone if I go out at all
When I used to go out I’d know everyone I saw
Now I go out alone if I go out at all
You’ve got a nerve to be asking a favor
You’ve got a nerve to be calling my number
I’m sure we’ve been through this before
Can’t you hear me, I’m beating on your wall?
Can’t you see me, I’m pounding on your door?
Songwriters: James Leithauser / Matthew Barrick / Paul C. Maroon / Peter M. Bauer / Walter Martin
The Walkmen – “Rat” A’ Side single album cover photo (front)
THE WALKMEN RAT SINGLE 1