"Everybody Have A Good Time" is a song by the British rock band, The Darkness, released as a promotional single from their third studio album, Hot Cakes, released in June 2012. Justin Hawkins said of the song, "We wanted to write the world’s simplest, dumbest rock song. It’s harder than you might imagine. Songwriting is like catching butterflies. If a big dumb butterfly isn’t flying past when you’re sitting there with your net, you aren’t going to catch one."
Loudwire stated that the song "delivers a retro, rocking anthem bedazzled with big sing-a-long choruses and just enough guitar solos."Spin refers to the song as "giddy glam-rock blast, all Thin Lizzy bombast and T. Rex boogie."NME stated that the song "features the band's trademark 1970s rock sound, and a chorus strongly reminiscent of Queen." Despite the strong critical praise the public, however were not 'buying it' as the song failed to chart anywhere in Europe. It was their only single to date not to chart in the UK Top 40.
The Warren Fu directed music video premiered two days after the official single release., and despite opening with the intertitle 'Hot Cakes - Episode 2', is actually the third video to be released from the album, following Nothing's Gonna Stop Us and Every Inch of You. The clip opens inside the offices of Rock Hard Financial, where the underachieving staff is trying to figure out how to make a profit when an underling finally speaks up. After his first year with the company, he has a surprise. He pulls out his mini-boombox, turns on the Darkness’ new song, "Everybody Have a Good Time,’ and a lingerie-clad person in a bear suit enters doing a striptease to the disapproving audience. However, this is no ordinary bear. Realizing the act isn’t going over, the bear notices the financial equation on the board and solves it, leading to an influx of income for Rock Hard. But while you would think they would be thankful, the corporate big wigs chain the bear to the basement, making it a slave to the profit while they all celebrate the windfall. We finally get to see the Darkness about midway into the clip when they turn up as the talent at a corporate party. The bigwigs invite the band back to see their bear, and while they’re gloating, the band members can’t help but see the bear isn’t having any fun and decide to free it. What ensues is a gunfight in which Justin Hawkins escapes with the bear while the remaining members aren’t so lucky, heading off to heaven after Rock Hard’s CEO guns them down. As the credits roll, with some hilarity, we see Hawkins and the bear sharing some romantic moments.