Anything Goes (Randy Houser song)
|Single by Randy Houser|
|from the album Anything Goes|
|Released||June 2, 2008|
|Producer(s)||Cliff Audretch III
|Randy Houser singles chronology|
"Anything Goes" is the title of a debut song written by Brice Long and John Wiggins, and recorded by American country music singer Randy Houser. It was released in May 2008 as the lead-off single and title track from his debut album Anything Goes.
"Anything Goes" is a mid-tempo ballad, mostly accompanied by piano and Hammond B-3 organ, with pedal steel guitar flourishes. In it, the narrator recalls a one-night stand with a woman whom he has met a bar. He states that he does not feel guilty about the encounter, because his lover has left him.
A music video was made for the song in October 2008. Directed by Vincenzo Giammanco, the video starts with Houser walking into a bar to drink a beer. Scenes also show him playing guitar in the bar. In the second verse of the song, Houser is seen sitting on a bed, with his one night stand still asleep. At the end of the video, Houser places his guitar into a fire.
The song has received mixed reception from music reviewers. Brady Vercher of The 9513, stated in his review of the album that Houser "showed a lot of promise" in this song. He also described it as "similar in theme to Jamey Johnson's 'Mary Go Round', only from a slightly different perspective." Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described "Anything Goes" as "melodic and tightly constructed, but not quite memorable." Allen Jacobs of Roughstock gave the song a mixed review, thinking that the verses "stumbled", but described Houser's vocal performance favorably.
|US Billboard Hot 100||92|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||16|
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- Erlewine, Stephen. "Randy Houser - "Anything Goes" album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
- Jacobs, Allen. "Randy Houser - "Anything Goes" review". Roughstock. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
- "Randy Houser dishes out first single". Country Standard Time. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
- "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Randy Houser. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
- "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Randy Houser. Retrieved January 31, 2011.