Butterfly (Crazy Town song)

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"Butterfly"
Crazy Town - Butterfly cd promo.png
Single by Crazy Town
from the album The Gift of Game
ReleasedNovember 13, 2000 (2000-11-13)
FormatCD single
Recorded1999
GenreRap rock, hip hop
Length3:36
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Crazy Town singles chronology
"Darkside"
(2000)
"Butterfly"
(2000)
"Revolving Door"
(2001)

"Butterfly" is a song by American rap rock band Crazy Town. It gained mainstream popularity after being released in November 2000 as the third single from their debut album The Gift of Game. The song reached number one in 15 countries, including the band's native United States.[1] 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, The Oklahoman as a "a deft blend of hip-hop and rock".[2] 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"[3] 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.[4] 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."[5]

Personnel[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

It was named the 34th "Most Awesomely Bad Song Ever" by VH1.[6] It was also rated number 3 on Billboard's chart for one-hit wonders of the 2000s, compiled in 2009.[7]

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

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MTV.com - Crazy Town Biography.
  2. ^ Lang, George (April 20, 2001). "Staying Crazy Band careful about 'Butterfly' image". The Oklahoman. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Perna 2002, p. 139.
  4. ^ Kenneally, Tim (May 2001). "Crazy Like a Glock". Spin. Vol. 17 no. 5. SPIN Media LLC. p. 123. ISSN 0886-3032.
  5. ^ Lecaro, Line (April 1, 2001). "A Sweet Debut for Bad Boys". Los Angeles Timesurl=http://articles.latimes.com/2001/apr/01/entertainment/ca-45351/2. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ "VH1's 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs....Ever ( From 50-1)". listology.com.
  7. ^ "One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s Page 1". Billboard.com. 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Crazy Town – Butterfly". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Crazy Town – Butterfly" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Crazy Town – Butterfly" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Crazy Town – Butterfly" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Crazy Town Char History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Crazy Town – Butterfly". Tracklisten.
  15. ^ "Crazy Town: Butterfly" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Crazy Town – Butterfly" (in French). Les classement single.
  17. ^ "Musicline.de – Crazy Town Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Butterfly". Irish Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Crazy Town – Butterfly". Top Digital Download.
  20. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 16, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Crazy Town – Butterfly" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  22. ^ "Charts.nz – Crazy Town – Butterfly". Top 40 Singles.
  23. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Crazy Town – Butterfly". VG-lista.
  24. ^ "Polish Airplay Charts - Lista krajowa 21/2001". PiF PaF Production. Archived from the original on January 16, 2002. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  25. ^ "Romanian 2001 end-of-year charts". Archived from the original on December 9, 2002. Retrieved 2002-12-09.
  26. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  27. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Crazy Town – Butterfly". Singles Top 100.
  28. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Crazy Town – Butterfly". Swiss Singles Chart.
  29. ^ "Crazy Town: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  30. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  31. ^ "Crazy Town Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  32. ^ "Crazy Town Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  33. ^ "Crazy Town Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  34. ^ "Crazy Town Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  35. ^ "Crazy Town Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  36. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2001". ARIA. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  37. ^ "Jahreshitparade 2001" (in German). Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  38. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2001" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  39. ^ "Rapports annuels 2001" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  40. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts 2001" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  41. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN - Single 2001" (in Dutch). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  42. ^ "End of Year Charts 2001". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  43. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 2001" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  44. ^ "SWISS YEAR-END CHARTS 2001" (in German). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  45. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  46. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2001". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  47. ^ "Die ultimative Chart Show | Hits des neuen Jahrtausends | Download". RTL.de. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  48. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  49. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Crazy Town – Butterfly" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved November 1, 2013. Enter Crazy Town in the field Interpret. Enter Butterfly in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  50. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2001". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  51. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Crazy Town; 'Butterfly')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  52. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty". IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  53. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2001" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  54. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Crazy Town; 'Butterfly')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  55. ^ "British single certifications – Crazy Town – Butterfly". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 22, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Butterfly in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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