My Girls (Christina Aguilera song)

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"My Girls"
Song by Christina Aguilera feat. Peaches from the album Bionic
Recorded

2009

Genre Electro-disco, punk funk
Length 3:08
Label RCA
Writer Aguilera, Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, JD Samson, Merrill Beth Nisker
Producer Le Tigre
Bionic track listing
"I Hate Boys"
(16)
"My Girls"
(17)
"Vanity"
(18)

"My Girls" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, from her sixth studio album Bionic (2010). The song was written by Aguilera, Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, JD Samson and Merrill Beth Nisker, while production was handled by Le Tigre. It features a rap by Canadian musician Peaches. It is an electronic song, with elements of disco and punk funk.

The song is a female empowerment and received generally favorable reviews from critics; many praised its funny lyrical content and named it "a party song" and one of the album’s most enjoyable tracks. However, some critics called it "silly" and felt that not even Peaches contribution saved the track. "My Girls" charted on the Gaon International Download Chart at number 55.

Background and composition[edit]

American electroclash band Le Tigre (pictured) co-wrote and produced the song.

While talking with Rolling Stone, JD Samson revealed: "It was wonderful. She's an incredible artist, an excellent mother and a very funny person. It was fun, very natural. I didn't have an impression that working with her was any different than working with Le Tigre or MEN. I felt it was a great collaboration. I felt I was lucky to work with her, considering she's a very relevant woman to the feminist movement."[1] Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre thinks that Aguilera's hipster-approved collaborators might even earn the singer a few new fans in indie-identified Pitchfork country.

"People have been super-supportive of us working with her." "A few years ago there was a rumor going around that we were working with Paris Hilton, and people were ready to kill us. Obviously, Christina and Paris Hilton are totally different entities. But people seem genuinely excited about this. It's like maybe it gives them permission to admit they like Christina."[2]

Composition and music[edit]

A 30 second sample of "My Girls", an electro-disco, punk funk song, about female empowerment.[3][4]

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"My Girls" was written by Aguilera, Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, JD Samson and Merrill Beth Nisker.[5] It was produced by Le Tigre and it features a rap by Canadian-born electronic musician and performance artist Peaches.[6] It is an electro-disco song[3] with elements of punk funk[4] and it talks about female empowerment.[7] Louboutins and Cosmo are brand-name-dropped, and the song insists, "We just came to party."[8] In the song, she sings: "My girls wear lipstick while they're making my beats, they got guitar picks in their purses, Louboutin on their feet."[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Alexis Petridis from The Guardian called it "an improbable triumph, a fabulous slab of shouty electro-disco."[3] Bill Lamb from About.com picked the song as one of the best from the album, calling it an "effortless party track."[10] Genevieve Koski from The A.V. Club named it "the album’s most enjoyable track", alongside Elastic Love.[11] Kerri Mason from Billboard Magazine named it "a punk-brat driving song."[12] Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone called it "a hilarious disco anthem where Aguilera gives it up to her new riot-grrrl pals."[9] Dan Martin from NME wrote a positive review, stating: "It's an euphoric girls-together punk funk from Le Tigre and, if hardly riot grrrl subversive, is great fun."[4] Richard Wink from Drowned in Sound wrote a mixed review, commenting: "A dollop cheesy faux-female empowerment sloganism, the track staggers along like a pricey Ann Summers vibrator running on batteries bought from Poundland."[7] Andy Gill from The Independent wrote that the song is "a Sapphic anthem stomp that furnishes one of the few moments of real interest."[13]

Nick Levine of Digital Spy gave praise to the song, calling it "a punk-poppy hook-up with the Le Tigre ladies," noting that "it is just an absolute blast."[14] Dan Pardalis of "411 Mania" praised "the fun appearance from Peaches", but described it as "not much better than I Hate Boys."[15] UK newspaper The Scotsman wrote that "Despite the compelling Bowiesque funk rhythm and the presence of alternative feminist artists Peaches and Le Tigre, it still sounds like something you might hear on a Sugababes album."[16] Melinda Newman of HitFix commented that "Aguilera veers into Pink territory."[17] Greg Kot from Chicago Tribune agreed, writing that "even the vaunted Le Tigre/Peaches combo platter on 'My Girls' fails to ignite."[18] Chris DeLine of "Culture Bully" wrote that "the track feels out of place", calling it "silly".[19]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon the release of the album, "My Girls" debuted at number 55 on the Gaon International Downloads Chart on the chart issue June 6, 2010.[20]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
  • Recording & Vocal recording – The Redlips Room, Beverly Hills, California.
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Christina Aguilera, Mathangi Arulpragasam, John Hill, Dave Taylor
  • Production – John Hill, Switch
  • All instruments  - John Hill & Switch

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bionic, RCA Records.[21]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Gaon International Downloads Chart[20] 55
US Dance/Electronic Digital Sales[22] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catania, Fernanda (June 9, 2010). "Hiperativa indie - Rolling Stone Brasil". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wood, Mikael (May 14, 2010). "Christina Aguilera: 'Bionic' Billboard Cover Story And Video". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Alexis Petridis (June 3, 2010). "Christina Aguilera: Bi-On-Ic | CD review | Music". =The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Christina Aguilera – Album review: Bionic (RCA)". New Musical Express. Time Inc. June 7, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "My Girls | Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "My Girls by Christina Aguilera Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Wink, Richard (June 7, 2010). "Christina Aguilera - Bionic / Releases / Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ Pareles, Jon (June 6, 2010). "New CDs". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob. "'Bionic' by Christina Aguilera". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Christina Aguilera - Bionic". About.com. New York Times Company. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ Koski, Genevieve (June 15, 2010). "Christina Aguilera: Bionic | Music Review | The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Mason, Kerri (July 10, 2010). "Bionic | Billboard.biz". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ Gill, Andy (June 4, 2010). "Album: Christina Aguilera, Bionic (RCA)". The Independent. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Levine, Nick (June 14, 2010). "Christina Aguilera: 'Bionic' - Music Album Review - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ Pardalis, Dan (June 9, 2010). "411mania.com: Music - Christina Aguilera - Bionic Review". 411 Mania. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Album review: Christina Aguilera, Bionic". Scotsman. June 6, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  17. ^ Newman, Melinda (June 7, 2010). "Review: Christina Aguilera's 'Bionic' shows a machine-like workmanship". HitFix. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ Kot, Greg (June 7, 2010). "Turn It Up: Album review: Christina Aguilera, 'Bionic'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  19. ^ DeLine, Chris (May 26, 2010). "Christina Aguilera "Bionic" Review". Culture Bully. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Search: Gaon International Download Chart - Issue date: June 06, 2010 - June 13, 2010" (To access the applicable chart, change "년 (Year)" to "2010" and select the week "July 06 - July 12, 2010"). Gaon Chart. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  21. ^ Bionic (liner notes). Christina Aguilera. RCA Records.. 2010.
  22. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299251/christina+aguilera/chart?f=1099

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