Netflix’s animated comedy Bojack Horseman opens with a curious and unique theme song. But what’s the story behind the haunting track?

The opening theme song, which was never intended to be used for television, was created by Patrick Carney, the drummer for the Black Keys, and his uncle, Ralph Carney. The pair have been collaborating for years, sending cassette tapes back and forth when Patrick was a teenager.


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When Patrick set up a studio in his home in Nashville, he began to put together a track to test out his equipment.Starting with a click track on a Roland Jupiter-4 keyboard, he layered in sound from an arpeggiator and drums. He then sent it along to Ralph, who added in tenor sax and fleshed out the rest of the sound before sending it back.

The track might not have gone anywhere, had it not been for Noel Bright, the executive producer of Bojack Horseman. As the show had come together, they had gotten their dream cast in Will Arnett and Aaron Paul.

Bright was a Black Keys fan, and reached out to Patrick to see if he’d be interested in putting together the opening credit. Patrick sent him the track that he and his uncle had been working on. “We knew it was right when we heard it,” Bright noted. Netflix agreed and the track became the new opening credits for the television show. h/t theverve

The track was cut down for the show, but Patrick uploaded it to YouTube in 2014. Below is the full version.

Bojack’s Theme: