You Get What You Give (song)
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You Get What You Give Song

"You Get What You Give"
New Radicals YGWYG Single.jpg
Single by New Radicals
from the album Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
"To Think I Thought"
ReleasedNovember 10, 1998
FormatCD single, 12" single
Recorded1997-1998
Genre
Length5:00
LabelMCA Records
Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels
Gregg Alexander
New Radicals singles chronology
"You Get What You Give"
(1998)
"Someday We'll Know"
(1999)
Music video
"You Get What You Give" on YouTube

"You Get What You Give" is a 1998 song by the New Radicals. It was an international hit, the first and most successful single from their album Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too. It reached number 30 on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay in January 1999, number 36 on the overall Hot 100 and number eight on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.[1] It reached number five in the United Kingdom and number one in Canada and New Zealand.[2]

Controversy

Much of the media attention "You Get What You Give" received centered on the closing lyrics:

"Health insurance, rip-off lying
FDA, big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson,
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes, run to your mansions
Come around, we'll kick your ass in."

According to lead singer Gregg Alexander, he had written this section for the song as a test to see whether the media would focus on the important political issues of the first few lines, or the petty celebrity-dissing. As suspected, a considerable amount of press began to appear about the name-dropping, and the other political issues were largely ignored.[3]

Marilyn Manson commented that he was "not mad he said he'd kick my ass, I just don't want to be used in the same sentence as Courtney Love.... I'll crack his [Alexander's] skull open if I see him."[4] Beck reported that Alexander personally apologized for the line when they met each other by chance in a supermarket, claiming that it was never meant to be personal.[5] Alexander collaborated with Hanson, whose drummer, Zac Hanson, called him "a bit of a character, but a cool guy."[6]

Although the lines were used for the band's Top of the Pops appearance, it was truncated at "kick you".[7]

Critical reception

In a Time interview, U2 lead guitarist The Edge is quoted saying "You Get What You Give" is the song he is "most jealous of. I really would love to have written that."[8]Billboard gave a mixed review, saying that it was a "chugging, Wham!-style pop song with slightly cheesy lyrics" but that the ending lyrics were "interesting".[9]

The song was listed No. 440 on Blender's list of The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.[10]

The song is an unofficial Newcastle United anthem and is regularly played at their home ground St James' Park. The song was used by local radio station Metro Radio during Newcastle's FA cup-run of 1998-99, with Mick Lowes' commentary of Newcastle's cup goals mixed over the song.

In the liner notes to her 2004 compilation Artist's Choice, Joni Mitchell praises "You Get What You Give" for "rising from the swamp of 'McMusic' like a flower of hope."[11]Michelle Branch, Lulu, The Okay Feeling, and Martin Fry have covered this song live in concert. It was also performed by the final 13 of Australian Idol 2005 and 2006. Both times the controversial "Health insurance..." section was omitted.

LMC released a remix of this song sampling the original Alexander vocals as "LMC vs. New Radicals" in 2005, under the title "Don't Let Go". Another remix entitled "You Get What You Give" was released in 2006, this time with a re-recorded vocal performance by Rachel McFarlane. "You Get What You Give" charted at No. 30 in the United Kingdom.

In 2006, Ice-T was asked on Late Night with Conan O'Brien about what he has heard, besides rap music, in the last few years that really grabbed him and his only reply was "You Get What You Give".

Music video

The music video for "You Get What You Give" was filmed in the Staten Island Mall in New York and directed by Evan Bernard. The New Radicals' frontman Gregg Alexander said he chose this setting because he sees the shopping mall as a metaphor for society--a fake, controlled environment engineered to encourage spending. The video showed a group of teenagers, led by Alexander, going through the mall wreaking havoc--tossing nets on security guards, placing businessmen in animal cages, knocking over merchandise, hijacking Lambrettas, and moshing in the food court.[12]

Legacy

VH1 voted it as the 64th greatest one-hit wonder in 2002. In 2007, the song was voted No. 90 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s",[13] and in 2010 it was number 106 on Pitchfork's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[14] In 2011, VH1 ranked it as 11th on "40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s". Annie Zaleski for The A.V. Club wrote that the song was "surprisingly influential on popular music, just in a non-obvious, almost obscured way", and that it was "both a nostalgic artifact and a song that transcends any era".[15] BBC Radio ranked the song at number 38 on its list of the "Most Heard Recordings in Britain of the Last 75 Years"; Alexander had written or co-written 9 of the 75 songs.[16]

Accolades

Publication Accolade Rank
1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die Not ranked
VH1 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders[17] 64
VH1 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '90s[18] 11
Blender 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born[19] 440
Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s[20] 106
Rolling Stone 50 Best Songs of the Nineties[21] 37

Track listing

  1. "You Get What You Give" (Edit) - 4:42
  2. "To Think I Thought" - 2:47
  3. "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too" - 5:21
  4. "You Get What You Give" (Album) - 5:02 (Not on some copies)

Personnel

Live versions

Two live recordings of "You Get What You Give" were officially released:

  • "You Get What You Give" (Live at WXPN's World Cafe) on Live at the World Cafe - Volume 8 (1999)
  • "You Get What You Give" (Live at KBCO, September 13, 1998) on KBCO Studio C - Volume 11 (1999)

Also there are three MP3's circulating:

Other versions

  • "You Get What You Give" performed by Vassy (featured on Grey's Anatomy: Season 10 Episode 22 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ) (2014)
  • "You Get What You Give" performed by The Maine featuring Brennan Smiley on Covers (Side A)
  • "You Get What You Give" performed by the Glee Cast (episode 22, season 3 "Goodbye") (2012)
  • "Get What You Give" performed by Felix Cartal (2017)[22]

Charts

Release history

Country Release date
United States November 10, 1998
United Kingdom March 22, 1999

References

  1. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - The New Radicals
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 68, No. 15, February 01 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Sibilla, Gianni (March 25, 1999). "New Radicals Song Misunderstood, Singer Says". MTV. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "New Radicals Discuss Slighting Marilyn Manson And Courtney Love, Manson Responds". MTV. Archived from the original on May 23, 2006. Retrieved 2005.
  5. ^ "No turning Beck". The Sunday Times. July 10, 2005. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Fuoco, Christina (July 19, 2004). "liveDaily Interview: Zac Hanson of Hanson". Live Daily News. Archived from the original on August 11, 2004. Retrieved 2005.
  7. ^ "One-Hit Wonders at the BBC". 17 April 2015. BBC Four. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  8. ^ 10 Questions for The Edge, Time Magazine, September 25, 2006
  9. ^ "'You Get What You Give' review". Billboard: 25. September 19, 1998.
  10. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 401-450". Blender. Archived from the original on October 19, 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  11. ^ "PopMatters Short Takes: Brief Reviews of New Music". Popmatters.com. February 28, 2005. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ Gregg Alexander & Rick Nowels. "You Get What You Give". Music Video. MCA Records. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s". Blog.vh1.com. December 13, 2007. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s". Pitchfork.com. August 31, 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ Annie Zaleski (2015-07-28). "New Radicals' only hit, "You Get What You Give," was secretly influential". The A.V. Club.
  16. ^ "Gregg Alexander". Billboard: 145. October 3, 2009. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "VH1's 40 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '90s". Top One Hit Wonders. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 401-450". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on October 19, 2006. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ Dombal, Ryan. "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 150-101". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ Sheffield, Rob. "The 50 Best Songs of the Nineties". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017.
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    • "You Get What You Give" performed by Smallpools (KROQ performance) (2013)
    "Felix Cartal Drops Infectious Track 'Get What You Give': Premiere". Billboard, March 24, 2017.
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