Adolescents (song)

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Single by Incubus
from the album If Not Now, When?
ReleasedApril 19, 2011 (2011-04-19)
FormatDigital download
GenreAlternative rock, psychedelic rock
Songwriter(s)Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, Ben Kenney, Chris Kilmore, Jose Pasillas
Incubus singles chronology
"Let's Go Crazy"
"Promises, Promises"

"Adolescents" is the lead single from Incubus' seventh album, If Not Now, When?. It was posted on the band's website on April 4, 2011[1] (a physical release was released 15 days later, April 19[2]). This is their first single in two years following the release of the Prince and The Revolution cover "Let's Go Crazy" (from the 2009 compilation Monuments and Melodies). It has since peaked at #3 on both the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.

Writing and composition[edit]

Regarding the decision to release the song as a single, guitarist Michael Einziger noted, "I think it’s the most easily digestible song for our fans. I was surprised when we turned all this music in, "Adolescents" was actually the last song we wrote for this album. We actually had a few other songs that we left off of the album and we didn’t even know if we were going to put "Adolescents" on the album. It was kinda like one of the floater songs. I mean we loved all the songs but we wanted to make an eleven-song record; we didn’t want to have a thirteen-song record. We wanted it to be less is more. Everybody that we played the music for seemed to just automatically think that song would be a good segue into this album for our fans."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[4]
  1. "Adolescents" – 4:48


  1. ^ "Listen to "Adolescents" NOW!". April 4, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  2. ^ "Adolescents by incubus on SoundCloud". April 4, 2011. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  3. ^ "The Gravity of our Friendship Drove Incubus Back Into the Studio". Incubus. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Adolescents – Single by Incubus". iTunes. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-04-21.

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