Girl All the Bad Guys Want

Summary

"Girl All the Bad Guys Want"
Girl All The Bad Guys Want.jpg
Single by Bowling for Soup
from the album Drunk Enough to Dance
ReleasedJuly 15, 2002 (2002-07-15)
StudioTree (Atlanta, Georgia)
Length3:17
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Butch Walker
Bowling for Soup singles chronology
"Jimmy Neutron Theme"
(2001)
"Girl All the Bad Guys Want"
(2002)
"Emily"
(2002)
Alternative cover
GirlAllTheBadGuysWant2.jpg

"Girl All the Bad Guys Want" is a single by American rock band Bowling for Soup, from their 2002 album, Drunk Enough to Dance. The song was written by Butch Walker (formerly of Marvelous 3), who has also written songs for Avril Lavigne and SR-71. Released on July 15, 2002, the song reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart, number 15 in Ireland, and number 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for "Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo".

"Girl All the Bad Guys Want" came after a dry spell for the band and was followed by the popular album A Hangover You Don't Deserve, leading frontman Jaret Reddick to refer to it as "the career-saving song" on MTV.[1]

Music video

The music video was directed by Smith N Borin and featured the band in various spoofs of nu metal bands' videos, such as Staind's "It's Been Awhile" and Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff", both of which were directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. In one scene, Jaret as Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is seen singing with a constipated look on his face and is revealed to be on an actual toilet. Another band member urinates on a wall. In the final "Break Stuff" scene three guys dressed as Corey Taylor, Joey Jordison and Shawn Crahan from Slipknot gang up on Jaret dressed as Fred, a reference to the feud between Slipknot and Limp Bizkit at the time. Guitarist Chris Burney also dresses in a parody of Wes Borland's unconventional stage attire and makeup.

The video is inter cut between these scenes and scenes of a girl, played by Linda Christopher and possibly the girl Jaret sings about, watching the band on TVs displayed in a store through the front window.

The music video became the last music video to be played on the British music channel Scuzz directly before its closure on 15 November 2018.

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States July 15, 2002 (2002-07-15) Alternative radio [15]
United Kingdom August 5, 2002 (2002-08-05) CD [16]
Australia August 12, 2002 (2002-08-12) Silvertone [17]
United States December 9, 2002 (2002-12-09) Hot adult contemporary radio
  • Jive
  • Silvertone
[18]
December 16, 2002 (2002-12-16) Contemporary hit radio [19]

References

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  2. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 20 no. 35. August 25, 2002. p. 7. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Girl All the Bad Guys Want". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
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  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
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  9. ^ "Bowling for Soup Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  10. ^ "Bowling for Soup Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Bowling for Soup Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bowling for Soup Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2002" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – Bowling for Soup – Girl All the Bad Guys Want". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1461. July 12, 2002. p. 25. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  16. ^ "New Releases – For Week Starting 5 August 2002: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. August 3, 2002. p. 27. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  17. ^ "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 12/08/2002" (PDF). ARIA. August 12, 2002. p. 25. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  18. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1482. December 6, 2002. p. 18. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  19. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1483. December 13, 2002. p. 26. Retrieved May 3, 2021.