After the Kills opened some Raconteurs shows in the US during the summer of 2008, their vocalist Alison Mosshart cut with The Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence and Jack White a cover of Gary Numan's "Are 'Friends' Electric?
." The trio added Queens Of The Stone Age multi-intstrumentalist Dean Fertita, before quickly recording the Horehound
album at White's Third Man studio-label complex in Nashville. White described to Rolling Stone
the Dead Weather songs such as this one as "very dark, very dangerous. There are synthesizers and acoustic instruments treated so they don't sound like themselves anymore."