Bad Boys (Inner Circle song)

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"Bad Boys"
Bad Boys (Swedish edition)
Swedish single picture sleeve, 1990
Single by Inner Circle
from the album One Way and Bad Boys/Bad to the Bone
B-side "Sweat (A La La La La Long)"
Released 1991, 1993
Format 7-inch single
Genre Reggae
Length 3:52
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Ian Lewis
Audio sample

"Bad Boys" is a 1987 song by the Jamaican reggae band Inner Circle, which obtained high popularity in the United States after its re-release in 1993, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the Top 40 Mainstream.[1] It is well known as the opening theme to the U.S. TV show Cops.

History[edit]

The song was originally released in 1987 on the album One Way and obtained minor airplay and poor sales. However, in 1992, it was also included on the Bad to the Bone album, and the song was released as a single in 1993, after the unexpected success of their previous international hit single "Sweat (A La La La La Long)". "Bad Boys" reached number 52 in the United Kingdom[2] and number 8 in the United States;[1] in the latter territory, it was certified Gold and sold 600,000 copies.[3][4] The song was also released as B-side on Inner Circle's 1992 single "Sweat (A La La La La Long)".[5] The song was also released as a single in mid-1991 in Norway; it peaked at number one for three weeks.

This song makes references to "Sheriff John Brown", who was the sheriff killed in Bob Marley's song "I Shot the Sheriff".

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

"Bad Boys" was selected as the theme song to Cops because a field producer for the show happened to be a fan of Inner Circle.[17] The song, which was very popular during the 1990s, was also used in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action/comedy film Bad Boys[18] and the sequel Bad Boys II (some of the lyrics are sung by Smith and Lawrence in both films).[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Inner Circle – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Inner Circle: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". RIAA. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. Vol. 106 no. 3. 15 January 1994. p. 73. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ "cdBBQ: Inner Circle". Cdbbq.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  6. ^ (in Finnish) Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". VG-lista. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Inner Circle – Bad Boys" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0993." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Inner Circle". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  15. ^ "End of Year Charts 1993". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1993". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  17. ^ Griffin, Gil (2 July 1994). "Inner Circle's Sphere of Influence - Big Beat/Atlantic Set Follows 'Bad' Breakthrough". Billboard. Vol. 106 no. 27. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  18. ^ "Inner Circle Biography". Bad Boys of Reggae. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Walker, Klive (2005). Dubwise: reasoning from the reggae underground. Insomniac Press. p. 203. ISBN 1-894663-96-9. 

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