Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)

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"Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Americana
Released November 9, 1998
Format Vinyl, cassette, and CD[1]
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop punk, ska punk, comedy rock
Length 3:08
Label Columbia[2]
Writer(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Dave Jerden
Certification 4x Platinum (ARIA)[3]
Gold (IFPI AUT)[4]
Gold (GER)[5]
Gold (NVPI)[6]
2x Platinum (IFPI NOR)[5]
3x Platinum (IFPI SWE)[7]
Platinum (BPI)[8]
The Offspring singles chronology
"I Choose"
(1997)
"Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"
(1998)
"Why Don't You Get a Job?"
(1999)
Music video
"Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" on YouTube

"Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" is a song by The Offspring. It is the fourth track from their fifth studio album Americana (1998) and was released as the first single from the album. It achieved significant pop and rock and alternative radio play and popularity, peaking at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 5 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song reached the charts in over 15 countries and topped the charts in nine of these, including Australia, where it went four times platinum, and the United Kingdom,[9] making it one of the most commercially successful singles released by the band.

The song appears as the seventh track on their Greatest Hits (2005).

Track listing[edit]

Cassette single and 7" black vinyl[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"   3:08
2. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Geek Mix) 3:01

Initial pressing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"   3:08
2. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Geek Mix) 3:07
3. "All I Want" (Live) 2:02
4. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (Spanish Version) 3:08

Australia CD Maxi[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"   3:08
2. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Geek Mix) 3:07
3. "No Brakes"   2:06

Italy 12" black vinyl[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"   3:08
2. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Geek Mix) 3:07
3. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Baka Boys Remix) 3:01
4. "All I Want" (Live) 2:02

Promo 12" black vinyl[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Baka Boys Low Rider Remix)  
2. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Baka Boys Remix) 3:01
3. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (Dust Bros Space Echo Remix)  
4. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (Dust Bros Dust Mix)  

Promo CD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (Album version) 3:11
2. "Callout Hook #1"   0:10
3. "Callout Hook #2"   0:05

Composition and lyrics[edit]

Beginning with a sample of the pseudo-German nonsense phrase "Gunter glieben glauten globen" from Def Leppard's song "Rock of Ages," chanted as a replacement for the traditional "1, 2, 3, 4" to start the recording, the song ridicules a "wannabe gangsta" who is immersed in hip-hop culture not because he truly loves or understands it, but because it is trendy, makes him feel tough ("friends say he's tryin' too hard, and he's not quite hip/but in his own mind, he's the, he's the dopest trip"), and because he believes it attracts women ("and all the girlies say I'm pretty fly, for a white guy"). The song openly mocks the middle-class suburban youths who listen to rap music for this reason. Singer Dexter Holland detailed that he meets many teenagers like the ones mocked in the song in his native Orange County, "going to the mall, where they buy FUBU, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ice Cube's latest record."'[10] The female vocals are performed by Nika Futterman.

Music video[edit]

In the video, directed by McG, the video begins with the "white guy" singing the opening lines and with Noodles walking on the road with his guitar, playing the introductory riff. The "white guy" drives through town in his lowrider and tries to act cool in front of people, playing with his car's hydraulic system and interrupting a break dance session to dance himself. He is then carried by girls watching it to a pool party and thrown into the pool. He jumps out of the pool only to find a bunch of bikini clad dancers in front of him. These scenes are cut by the band's playing. The video ends with the "white guy" returning home and accidentally scaring his little sister, wearing a fairy costume, because of his dishevelled appearance.

This video was released a few weeks later, in 1999. Noodles has stated that it was one of his favorite videos to make.

Guy Cohen cameos as the "white guy" driving by in his lowrider at the end of the "Why Don't You Get a Job?" video.

DVD appearances[edit]

The music video also appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD. It was released in 2005. The DVD also contains a storyboard version of the video (in which the storyboard plays over top of the music video.)

Rock Band and Guitar Hero[edit]

The song was released as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band. The song was released in the first "Offspring pack" which was released on October 7, 2008 along with "Gone Away" and "Self Esteem".

The song was released on the Guitar Hero: Van Halen spinoff tracklist on December 22, 2009.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14] 3
Canada (RPM) 5
Denmark (Tracklisten)[15] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 1
France (SNEP)[17] 10
Germany (Media Control Charts)[18] 2
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Japan (Oricon) 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[20] 1
Poland (OLiS)[21] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[25] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 53
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[27] 5
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[28] 13
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[29] 31
US Top 40 Tracks (Billboard) 36

Antecedents and descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Offspring, The – Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)". Discogs. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1999 Singles. Aria.com.au. Retrieved on 2014-04-01.
  4. ^ (German) IFPI Austria - Verband der Österreichischen Musikwirtschaft. Ifpi.at. Retrieved on 2014-04-01.
  5. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Goud / Platina | NVPI. Nvpi.nl. Retrieved on 2014-04-01.
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ Home. Bpi.co.uk. Retrieved on 2014-04-01.
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 629. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  10. ^ Dexter Holland's Americana Tour
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.ca (1999-02-27). Retrieved on 2014-04-01.
  16. ^ "The Offspring: Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Chartverfulgong > The Offspring > Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)". VG-lista.
  21. ^ "Polish Singles Chart". Lp3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)". Singles Top 60.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "The Offspring: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  25. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Offspring.
  26. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for The Offspring.
  27. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for The Offspring.
  28. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for The Offspring.
  29. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for The Offspring.
  30. ^ "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)". ActiveMusician.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"A Little Bit More" by 911
UK Singles Chart number-one single
January 24, 1999 - January 30, 1999
Succeeded by
"You Don't Know Me" by Armand Van Helden featuring Duane Harden
Preceded by
No Aphrodisiac by The Whitlams
Triple J Hottest 100 Winner
1998
Succeeded by
These Days by Powderfinger