American garage punk band Black Lips' sixth studio album Black Arabia was written and recorded over a nine month stretch from March 2010 to January 2011, and was released on June 7, 2011. Most of the record was produced by Mark Ronson who is best known for manning the controls on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black disc.
Ronson's eagerness to get in the spirit of things when producing this dancefloor rocker almost cost him dearly. Alexander told UK music magazine the NME: "To get in the mood to record it, we started eating all this liver sashimi. Then we all started getting sick from it. Mark had to go to the hospital because his fever was so high. His brain was cooking man." Ronson has forgiven the band. He told the NME: "I was diagnosed with something with a lot of syllables in it. I almost died. But I don't think it was intentional on their part."
Drummer Joe Bradley told NME helpfully, "'Raw Meat' actually has raw meat on it. Cole (Alexander, vocals) and I brought these big slabs into the studio, and we were totally chimping out on them."