Honkin' on Bobo

Honkin' on Bobo

Honkin' on Bobo
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released March 30, 2004 (2004-03-30)
Recorded 2003 at the Boneyard, the Bryer Patch, Pandora's Box
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 43:57
Label Columbia
Producer Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Jack Douglas
Marti Frederiksen
Aerosmith chronology
Just Push Play
Honkin' on Bobo
Music from Another Dimension!
Singles from Honkin' on Bobo
  1. "Baby, Please Don't Go"
    Released: 2004

Honkin' on Bobo is the 14th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on March 30, 2004 by Columbia Records.[1] The album includes 11 covers and one original track titled "The Grind". The sound reflects Aerosmith's blues-based influences and showcases a rawer sound (reminiscent of their 1970s heyday) compared to their recent commercial efforts and was also produced by Jack Douglas, who was Aerosmith's producer on a vast majority of their 1970s' output. The album sold over 160,000 copies in its first week, reaching #5 on the Billboard 200.[2] Honkin' on Bobo was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on May 11, 2004.[3]

In reference to the origin of the title of the album, Joe Perry stated during a radio interview that "We just know that it's a phrase that sounds... jazzish, nastyish, so it works for us."[4] It may also be a reference to the early 90's single, "Honk On Bobo", by Canadian country/bluegrass/folk music group, The Good Brothers.


  • Harmonica 1
  • Reception 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Personnel 4
  • Charts 5
  • Certifications 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Many tracks on the album feature harmonica work by Steven Tyler, including Little Walter's "Temperature" which was played on an episode of the House of Blues Radio Hour which was about the harmonica.[5]

A harmonica keychain was included with the limited edition version.[1]


Metacritic gave the album a score of 69 out of 100 based on 12 generally favorable reviews.[6] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said that the album is the best the group has done since Pump in 1989, and that it cannot be called a "blues" album because it is a rock album. He called the album a "surprise" in that, even though the album's artwork and title are bad, it marks a return to Aerosmith.[7] In his Blender magazine review of the album, Jon Pareles said that the band did their blues album different than most others because, instead of making "respectable" cover versions, they make quite unrespectable cover versions like "You Gotta Move". The album, to him, proves that Aerosmith can still rock.[8] Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly felt that the album didn't live up to what it should be because it is too loud, but some songs on the album are good.[9] David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine wrote an article for the magazine comparing and contrasting Aerosmith's Honkin' on Bobo and Eric Clapton's Me and Mr. Johnson. He said that Clapton's album was mostly about pain, while Aerosmith's album was about sex and running away from lovers. He also considers Bobo to be a double-tribute album – one tribute to the original musicians and one tribute for 1960's blues-rock bands – and considers the album to be overdone, which is what Aerosmith is good at.[10]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [7]
Blender [8]
Entertainment Weekly B−[9]
Rolling Stone [10]
USA Today [11]

Track listing


No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Road Runner"   Ellas McDaniel 3:46
2. "Shame, Shame, Shame" (Originally sung by Smiley Lewis) Ruby Fisher, Kenyon Hopkins 2:15
3. "Eyesight to the Blind"   Sonny Boy Williamson 3:09
4. "Baby, Please Don't Go"   Joe Williams 3:24
5. "Never Loved a Girl"   Ronny Shannon 3:12
6. "Back Back Train"   Fred McDowell 4:23
7. "You Gotta Move"   Rev. Gary Davis, Fred McDowell 5:30
8. "The Grind"   Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Marti Frederiksen 3:46
9. "I'm Ready"   Willie Dixon 4:13
10. "Temperature"   Joel Michael Cohen, Walter Jacobs 2:52
11. "Stop Messin' Around"   Clifford Adams, Peter Green 4:29
12. "Jesus Is on the Main Line"   (Traditional; arranged by F. McDowell) 2:51


Per liner notes[12]

Additional musicians


Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Top 100 Albums[13] 59
Austrian Top 75 Albums[14] 22
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[15] 44
Canadian Albums Chart[16] 5
Finnish Top 40 Albums[17] 35
French Top 200 Albums[18] 52
German Albums Chart[19] 32
Irish Top 75 Albums[20] 60
Japanese Top 30 Albums[21] 6
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[22] 64
Swedish Top 60 Albums[23] 38
Swiss Top 100 Albums[24] 17
UK Albums Chart[25] 28
US Billboard 200[26] 5
US Blues Albums[27] 1
Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Baby Please Don't Go" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 7


Organization Level Date
RIAJ - Japan Gold[28] April 10, 2004
RIAA - USA Gold May 11, 2004


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  2. ^ "Aerosmith Bask in the Blues". Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Search Results".  
  4. ^ Aerosmith - Making of Honkin' On Bobo Pt. 1 on YouTube
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  6. ^ a b "Honkin' On Bobo Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic".  
  7. ^ a b  
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  9. ^ a b Willman, Chris (April 2, 2004). "Honkin' on Bobo"Review : .  
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  12. ^ a b Honkin' On Bobo (Media notes).  
  13. ^ "The ARIA Report (Issue 737)" (PDF).  
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  15. ^ (Album)"Honkin' on Bobo"Aerosmith – (ASP).  
  16. ^ "Aerosmith Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Albums".  
  17. ^ (Album)"Honkin' on Bobo"Aerosmith – (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ (Album)"Honkin' on Bobo"Aerosmith – (ASP). Les Charts (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Chartverfolgung / AEROSMITH / Longplay". Music Line (in German).  
  20. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending April 1, 2004" (JSP).  
  21. ^ 2004年04月第2週の邦楽アルバムランキング情報 (PHP).  
  22. ^ (Album)"Honkin' on Bobo"Aerosmith – (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ (Album)"Honkin' on Bobo"Aerosmith – (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Honkin' on Bobo"Aerosmith – (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – April 10th, 2004".  
  26. ^ 200"Billboard"Aerosmith Album & Song Chart History: .  
  27. ^ "Aerosmith Album & Song Chart History: Blues Albums".  
  28. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2004年3月.  

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