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 Punk rock, 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]

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

Europe 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. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Baka Boys Low Rider Remix) 3:03
4. "All I Want" (Live) 2:02

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 makes it seem that he can get all the girls ("and all the girls 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. 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]