Butterfly (Crazy Town song)

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"Butterfly"
Butterfly by Crazy Town commercial US European standard artwork.jpeg
Artwork for commercial US and continental European releases
Single by Crazy Town
from the album The Gift of Game
ReleasedFebruary 20, 2001 (2001-02-20)[1]
GenreRap rock[2]
Length3:36
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Crazy Town singles chronology
"Darkside"
(2000)
"Butterfly"
(2001)
"Revolving Door"
(2001)

"Butterfly" is a song by American rap rock band Crazy Town. It gained mainstream popularity after being released in February 2001 as the third single from their debut album The Gift of Game. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two nonconsecutive weeks. Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in seven countries, including Austria, Denmark, and Norway, and it peaked within the top ten on the charts of several others, including Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The song is based on a sample of "Pretty Little Ditty" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1989 album Mother's Milk.

Composition[edit]

"Butterfly" was described by George Lang of the Oklahoman as a "a deft blend of hip-hop and rock".[4] Alan di Perna of Guitar World magazine noted Crazy Town were predominantly a rap-metal group, with their music containing the "streetwise guitar rage" of the genre combined with "a dash of Eighties alternative melodicism" and declared the song as a "hip-hop flavored ballad"[5] This was echoed by Tim Kenneally of Spin who noted that the band avoided "descending into rap-metal's typical bitch-done-me-wrong jeremiads"; he declared it a sappy hip-hop love song.[6] Michael Steele, a music director of the pop radio station KIIS-FM, noted the song's crossover appeal in an interview in the Los Angeles Times, declaring that among rap-rock songs, "Butterfly" was "the one that completely crossed over from the rap-rock genre."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

It was named the 34th "Most Awesomely Bad Song Ever" by VH1.[8] It was also rated number 3 on Billboard's chart for one-hit wonders of the 2000s, compiled in 2009.[9]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Honey, shows the band in a fantastical forest full of butterflies. Shifty Shellshock and Epic Mazur sing praises to two women with butterfly wings. At one point in the video, Shifty's star-shaped tattoos fly off into the air.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Butterfly"3:35
2."Butterfly (Extreme Mix)"3:33

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[55] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[56] Gold 20,000*
Belgium (BEA)[57] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[58] Platinum 500,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[59] Platinum  
Sweden (GLF)[60] Platinum 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[61] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Perna 2002, p. 139.
  6. ^ Kenneally, Tim (May 2001). "Crazy Like a Glock". Spin. Vol. 17 no. 5. SPIN Media LLC. p. 123. ISSN 0886-3032.
  7. ^ Lecaro, Line (April 1, 2001). "A Sweet Debut for Bad Boys". Los Angeles Times.
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  9. ^ "One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s Page 1". Billboard.com. December 4, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
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