You're Gonna Go Far, Kid
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|"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"|
|Single by The Offspring|
|from the album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace|
|Released||September 4, 2008|
|Format||Digital download, CD single, CD maxi|
|Recorded||November 2006–April 2008 in Maui, Hawaii and Orange County, California|
|The Offspring singles chronology|
"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" is a song by American punk rock band The Offspring. It is the third track on the band's eighth studio album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008) and was released as the second single from the album on September 4, 2008. This is the band's 3rd No.1 single on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart after "Come Out and Play" and "Hit That". The song stayed at No. 1 for 11 weeks, making it the longest consecutive run for any Offspring single at No. 1. As of 2012, it has sold 1.6 million copies, and is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting 500,000 sales. It also reached No. 1 on KROQ's Top 106.7 songs of 2008 countdown list.
|1.||"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Radio edit)||2:58|
|1.||"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Explicit album version)||3:00|
|2.||"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Live)||2:59|
|4.||"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Video)||4:36|
The music video for this single was directed by Chris Hopewell, who has also directed videos for several other bands. It was the first time that Hopewell and the Offspring had collaborated on a music video. On October 16, 2008 it was announced on The Offspring's official website that the video would debut Friday, October 17 at 3:00 pm Eastern/12 noon Pacific on Myspace.com.
As in the videos for "Hammerhead" and "Hit That", the video contains largely CGI and does not include any footage of the band performing the song. However, unlike Hammerhead and Hit That, the video also contains live actors recorded by camera mixed in with the CGI effects.
The plot follows a peasant working in a garden in a dystopian future. Suddenly, a plant goddess appears and gives the peasant a magical, golden acoustic guitar and he begins strumming to the song. He enters town and plays for the locals. The magical abilities of the guitar make the peasant a sensation, earning him much needed money and causes various townsfolk to start dancing uncontrollably. The peasant then plays for plague infested townspeople and they are cured by the magic of the guitar. In return, he demands from one of them her expensive necklace while the plant goddess looks upon him disapprovingly. The peasant moves onto a very expensive hotel, but is denied entry based on his appearance. He plays more to earn money for a nice suit. He buys the suit, enters the restaurant and begins to play his guitar for the wealthy socialites, for more money. The plant goddess appears and punishes the peasant for his selfishness by first forcing him to dance alone to the music, then dragging him into the ground through a whirlpool. The guitar lands onto the floor and dissolves into leaves at the end of the song.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||63|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||10|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|Australian Singles Chart||54|
|Canadian Hot 100||25|
|Media Control Charts||67|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||28|
|Polish Singles Chart||42|
|Spanish Singles Chart||19|
The song was certified Gold in the United States on April 2, 2009, selling over 500,000 copies. It is the first Offspring single to reach Platinum in the United States and was the best selling single from the album. As of May 2012, "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" had sold a total of 1.6 million copies in the United States.
In popular culture
- The song appears on the "hard" level in the 2008 video game Tap Tap Revenge.
- The song was featured in the opening credits of Van Wilder: Freshman Year.
- The song is a playable track on the rhythm game Power Gig: Rise of the SixString.
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- "RIAA Database Search for The Offspring" Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
- "KROQ Top 106.7 Songs of 2008 Countdown List". Radiohitlist.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". MTV. October 16, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
- "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid Video Premiere!". Offspring.com. October 16, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
- "Polish Singles Chart |".
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- Graff, Gary (May 21, 2012). "The Offspring Still Fly as 'Days Go By' Rises on Rock Charts". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- "Tap Tap Revenge". Giant Bomb. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
- "Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009 Video) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
- Quillen, Dustin (September 3, 2010). "Full Power Gig: Rise of the SixString Tracklist Announced". 1UP.com. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
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