Chewing Gum (song)

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"Chewing Gum"
Annie - Chewing Gum.png
Single by Annie
from the album Anniemal
B-side
Released30 August 2004 (2004-08-30)
Format
Genre
Length3:56
Label679
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Richard X
Annie singles chronology
"I Will Get On"
(2002)
"Chewing Gum"
(2004)
"Heartbeat"
(2005)

"Chewing Gum" is a song by Norwegian singer Annie from her debut studio album, Anniemal (2004). Written by Richard X and Hannah Robinson, the song is based on metaphor which likens men to chewing gum.

The song was released as the album's lead single on 30 August 2004. It received positive reviews from music critics. "Chewing Gum" was the album's most commercially successful single, reaching number eight on the Norwegian Singles Chart and number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2]

The song has been featured on the online game Audition Online and an update trailer for the online game Blockland[3][4] as well as in television programmes such as Glee[5], Skam, and Grey's Anatomy. The song was also featured in the film Big Momma's House 2.[6]

Background and writing[edit]

Producer Richard X was impressed with Annie's debut single "The Greatest Hit". He asked Annie to record vocals for his debut album Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1. In exchange, he contributed "Chewing Gum", co-written with Hannah Robinson, to Anniemal.[7] Richard X's songwriting was inspired by a put-down that his girlfriend devised to describe self-important, vain people.[8]

The song's lyrics compare being in a relationship with chewing gum, "chewing for fun" and then moving on to the next relationship "when all the flavor has gone." Annie compared the song's sound to the work of new wave group the Tom Tom Club.[9] Reviewers compared "Chewing Gum" to the group's 1981 single "Genius of Love".[10][11]

Critical reception[edit]

"Chewing Gum" received very positive reviews from music critics. Pitchfork ranked the track at number 11 on its list of the "Top 50 Singles of 2004".[12] Stylus Magazine listed it tenth on its list of the top 40 singles of 2004.[13] The song was listed 31st on the 2004 Pazz & Jop list, a survey of several hundred music critics conducted by Robert Christgau.[14]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Chewing Gum" was directed by Barnaby Roper. In it, two versions of Annie sing the lyrics to each other as part of a dialogue. The video includes sequences of Annie and body doubles of her dancing in a sound stage. The video was filmed in less than a day.[15]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD 1

(679L075CD1; Released September 2004)

  1. "Chewing Gum" (radio edit) – 3:30
  2. "Kiss Me"
  • UK CD 2

(679L075CD2; Released September 2004)

  1. "Chewing Gum" (radio edit) – 3:30
  2. "Chewing Gum" (Mylo remix) – 5:54
  3. "Chewing Gum" (Headman vocal remix) - 6:29
  4. "Chewing Gum" (Headman dub) – 6:31
  5. "Chewing Gum" (video)
  • 12" single

(679L075T; Released September 2004)

  1. "Chewing Gum" (Mylo remix)
  2. "Chewing Gum" (album version)
  3. "Chewing Gum" (Headman dub)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004–06) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 46
Norway (VG-lista)[1] 8
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[17] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 31
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Norwegiancharts.com – Annie – Chewing Gum". VG-lista. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Annie: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  3. ^ Chewing Gum - Audition Online. 27 April 2007 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Blockland Physics Preview. 3 December 2008 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Glee - Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot - TV.com". TV.com. CBS Interactive.
  6. ^ Soundtracks for Big Momma's House 2 IMDB
  7. ^ Draper, Jimmy. "Norwegian would". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2008.
  8. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha. "Singles Going Steady". The New Yorker, volume 81, issue 14, page 18. 23 May 2005.
  9. ^ Foley, Jack. "Annie - Chewing over the heartbreak along the way to success". IndieLondon. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  10. ^ Rosen, Jody. "Much Ado About Annie". The New York Times. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  11. ^ Horning, Rob (22 June 2005). "Annie: Anniemal". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  12. ^ Petrusich, Amanda. "Top 50 Singles of 2004". Pitchfork. December 30, 2004. Retrieved June 16, 2008.
  13. ^ Gottlieb, Akiva. "Top 40 Singles of 2004". Stylus Magazine. 6 December 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  14. ^ "The 2004 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  15. ^ Slomowicz, Ron. "Annie Interview". About.com. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  16. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Annie – Chewing Gum". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Annie – Chewing Gum". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 June 2013.

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