Hey Boy Hey Girl

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Not to be confused with Hey Boy! Hey Girl!.
"Hey Boy Hey Girl"
Single by The Chemical Brothers
from the album Surrender
Released 31 May 1999 (1999-05-31) (UK)
Format CD, 12" vinyl, cassette
Genre Techno, big beat[1]
Length 4:50
Label Freestyle Dust (UK), Astralwerks (US)
Writer(s) Ed Simons, Tom Rowlands
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Only 4 the K People"
(1999)
"Hey Boy Hey Girl"
(1999)
"Let Forever Be"
(1999)

"Hey Boy Hey Girl" is a song by the British big beat duo The Chemical Brothers. It was released as a single from their 1999 album Surrender. The vocal sample "Hey girls, B-boys, superstar DJs, here we go!" was taken from "The Roof is on Fire" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three. It peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart in June 1999 and remained on the chart for ten weeks.[citation needed] The song dates back to 1997 when it was in the Radio 1 Anti-Nazi Mix. The song is also a track in the dancing video game Just Dance 3 and also featured in the 2012 video game Lumines Electronic Symphony.

Music video[edit]

The music video opens with a group of schoolchildren on board a coach. The camera focuses on a young girl who opens a medical book of pictures of the human skeleton. A blond boy spits on the page, then smiles at her as he walks away. The children go to the Natural History Museum, where the same boy tries to scare the girl with a skull in his hood. She chases the boy in the museum, but falls near the bottom of a flight of stairs and sprains her wrist. At the hospital, she gets an X-ray of her hand. It then shows her brushing her teeth whilst picturing herself as only bones. The background behind her morphs into a toilet area at the Ministry of Sound nightclub, South London. When she reverts into a person, she is older. She passes a couple having sexual intercourse in a stall, but she only sees them as skeletons (this shot is omitted from some pre-watershed television edits of the video). She exits the bathroom and heads to the nightclub's bar, where a man (uncredited appearance of Rick Warden) flirts with her. You can barely hear his lines under the music. She then pictures him as a skeleton and feels his jawbone before leaving. She then goes to the dance floor, and sees more people as skeletons, almost as if she has X-ray vision. She exits the nightclub, and the Chemical Brothers themselves make a brief cameo appearance, stepping out of a taxi with DJ equipment. She then steps into that same taxi, where she sees the driver as a skeleton. He then asks her 'Where you going, baby?' in a camp, droll voice.

Track listing[edit]

CD and cassette
No. Title Length
1. "Hey Boy Hey Girl"   4:49
2. "Flashback"   5:20
3. "Scale"   3:43
12" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Hey Boy Hey Girl (Extended Version)"   6:02
2. "Flashback"   5:20
3. "Scale"   3:43

Reception[edit]

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 50 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years", writing that the song "[starts] with a menacing, trance laden groove" and "[builds] to an absolute dance stomper".[2]

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label Format Catalogue
Japan 26 May 1999 Virgin Japan CD VJCP-12125
UK 31 May 1999 Freestyle Dust CD CHEMSD8
12" vinyl CHEMST8
Cassette CHEMSC8

Plagiarism Allegations[edit]

In an interview with BELPOP, Lords of Acid founder Praga Khan confronted The Chemical Brothers backstage over the techno beat used in "Hey Boy Hey Girl" that is identical to "I Sit On Acid 2000" released by Lords of Acid. Their response to the allegations was "Everyone steals from everyone."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hey Boy Hey Girl". Discogs. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". NME.COM. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N19K2bpPQUE

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