Add It Up

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"Add It Up"
Song by Violent Femmes from the album Violent Femmes
Released April 1983 (1983-April)
Genre Alternative rock, folk punk, post-punk
Length 4:44
Label Slash Records
Writer Gordon Gano[1]

"Add It Up" is a song by American rock band Violent Femmes, released on their 1983 debut album Violent Femmes.

It contains the lyrics:

Why can't I get just one screw
Believe me I'd know what to do
But something won't let me make love to you
Why can't I get just one fuck
Why can't I get just one fuck
I guess it's got something to do with luck

Band member Gordon Gano commented:

The song title was used as the name for the compilation album by the group, Add It Up (1981-1993).

Some radio stations substitute a guitar note for the swear word for airplay.

Used in other media[edit]

  • Ethan Hawke's character in the 1994 film Reality Bites, plays a cover of "Add It Up" with his band Hey That's My Bike.
  • The song appeared on the soundtrack to the video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2
  • The TV show Suburgatory played the song during the last scene of the show's final episode "Stiiiiiiill Horny".
  • It is also featured in multiple scenes in the film, Surveillance and Lost and Delirious.
  • The song was covered on a cello and piano, as are several other Violent Femmes songs, in the 2007 film Rocket Science.
  • It also serves as the theme song to the TV series Hollywood Residential.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Behind the lines", Rolling Stone, 14 November 2005. Retrieved 10 April 2007.

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