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,[1] CD maxi[2]
Recorded November 2006–April 2008 in Maui, Hawaii and Orange County, California
Genre Punk rock
Length 2:58
Label Columbia[3]
Writer(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Bob Rock[3]
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)[4]
The Offspring singles chronology
"Hammerhead"
(2008)
"'You're Gonna Go Far, Kid'"
(2008)
"Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?"
(2008)
Music video
"You're Gonna Go Far Kid" (Explicit) on YouTube

"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 2 million copies, and is certified 2x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It also reached No. 1 on KROQ's Top 106.7 songs of 2008 countdown list.[5]

"You're Gonna Go Far Kid" along with "Hammerhead" was performed live before the release of Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace at X-Fest in San Diego in promotion for the album.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Radio edit) 2:58
CD maxi[2]
No. Title Length
1. "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Explicit album version) 3:00
2. "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Live) 2:59
3. "Hammerhead" (Live) 4:36
4. "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Video) 4:36

Music video[edit]

The music video for this single was directed by Chris Hopewell,[6] 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.[7]

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.

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 63
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
Argentina Digital Download Singles Chart 1
Australian Singles Chart 54
Canadian Hot 100 25
Media Control Charts 67
New Zealand Singles Chart 28
Polish Singles Chart[8] 42
Spanish Singles Chart 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[9] Gold 12,300x
United States (RIAA)[10] 2x Platinum 2,000,000*

^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Allmusic. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Offspring, The – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Discogs. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "RIAA Database Search for The Offspring" Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
  5. ^ "KROQ Top 106.7 Songs of 2008 Countdown List". Radiohitlist.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  6. ^ "The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". MTV. October 16, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid Video Premiere!". Offspring.com. October 16, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  9. ^ "Argentinian single certifications – The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far Kid". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  10. ^ "American single certifications – The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far Kid". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "Tap Tap Revenge". Giant Bomb. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009 Video) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ Quillen, Dustin (September 3, 2010). "Full Power Gig: Rise of the SixString Tracklist Announced". 1UP.com. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Believe" by Staind
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
October 4, 2008 - December 13, 2008
Succeeded by
"Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon