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.


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.[16]
  • The song, which was very popular during the 1990s, was also used in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action/comedy film Bad Boys[17] and the sequel Bad Boys II (some of the lyrics are sung by Smith and Lawrence in both films).[18]
  • The "In Drag Net" bonus level in Gex: Enter the Gecko has an original track that somewhat resembles this song.
  • An instrumental version of the song was played in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle when an Oklahoma State Trooper arrested Karen Sympathy.
  • This song is sampled in Rey Mysterio's entrance song "Booyaka 619" by P.O.D.
  • In the episode, "Diamonds Are for Roger" of the Nickelodeon sitcom, Kenan & Kel, Kel believes that Kenan's father, Roger is in fact the "Diamond Bandit", after looking at a police sketch of the aforementioned criminal on a television screen. This causes Kel to sing a parody of "Bad Boys" called "Bad Dad".
  • Wrigley's uses their version of the song for their advertising of Extra chewing gum, changing the line "What you gonna do" to "What you gonna chew".
  • In the Full House episode "Wrong-Way Tanner", Becky and the boys were singing and dancing to the song using Danny's kitchen supplies, and then Jesse joins in.
  • In the 2004 comedy movie, New York Minute, starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the character of Max Lomax (Eugene Levy) sings a parody of the song called, "Bad Girl", with the lyrics, "Bad girl, bad girl. What you gonna do? What you gonna do when I come for you?".
  • On the July 28th edition of WWE Raw, Chris Jericho had the audience start singing the song to mock Stephanie McMahon for her recent storyline arrest.
  • This song is parodied in The Simpsons season four episode "Homer's Triple Bypass" as "Bad Cops," and serves as a theme song for Chief Wiggum, Eddie and Lou throughout the episode.
  • The song is featured in the 2015 film Terminator Genisys.
  • In the Lizzie McGuire Season 1 finale episode "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah", the song can be heard when the neighbors complain about Matt's behavior.
  • This song was used in a level on the Shark Tale video game.

See also[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". 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. ^ " – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". VG-lista. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  8. ^ " – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ " – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  10. ^ " – 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. ^ " – 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. ^ " – Inner Circle – Bad Boys". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1993". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ "Inner Circle Biography". Bad Boys of Reggae. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Walker, Klive (2005). Dubwise: reasoning from the reggae underground. Insomniac Press. p. 203. ISBN 1-894663-96-9. 

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