Everybody Get Up

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"Everybody Get Up"
The band members pose in front of a red curtain.
Single by Five
from the album Five
B-side "My Song"
Released 12 September 1998 (1998-09-12)
Recorded 1997
Length 3:03
Label BMG Records
Five singles chronology
"Got the Feelin'"
"Everybody Get Up"
"It's the Things You Do"
Music video
"Everybody Get Up" on YouTube

"Everybody Get Up" is a song by English boy band Five. It was released on 12 September 1998 as the fourth single from their debut studio album Five (1998). The song was written by Five, Herbie Crichlow, Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker and produced by Denniz Pop and Jake Schulze. It contains samples from Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". "Everybody Get Up" has received a silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 in the UK.

Music video[edit]

The music video starts off with a number of high school students preparing to take an exam in a large hall, which contains a stage. Just as they turn over their papers and begin writing, the teacher in charge, Mr. McGarry, is told over the intercom to come to the headmaster's office. Mr McGarry says that he will be back in five minutes (around the length of video) and tells everyone to stay in their seats in silence. As soon as he leaves, one boy starts hitting his desk with a ruler and after a few seconds everyone else does the same on their own desks. Five are then shown walking down the corridor behind the stage. Abs Breen pushes down on a lever on the wall, which dims the lights where they are and opens up the curtain. The music then starts and the students stand up, throw their papers in the air, knock their desks over and start throwing their chairs around. Girls with their hair tied back remove their hair ties to let their hair flow free. One girl also removes her glasses and throws her cardigan open. A massive party starts and the students dance with Five as they sing. Some of the male students do somersaults and breakdance and the Five boys jump high into the air at times as well. The band are showing wearing two different outfits each throughout the video.

During the chorus after the first verse, Scott Robinson takes a can of brown paint and Ritchie Neville takes a can of white paint, and they both throw their paint all over everyone. J Brown is held up by the crowd as he sings the second verse, during which more blue paint is thrown by Robinson and Neville. The students all imitate Five's moves during the chorus after the second verse. At the bridge, someone lights a lighter and holds it against the fire sprinkler on the ceiling. Water begins pouring down over everyone and drenches them, but doesn't wash the paint off. By this time, none of Five have been covered with paint or water. Towards the end of the video, one girl, wet and drenched in paint, is sitting in her chair smiling and tapping a ruler against her desk (she may have not moved throughout the whole song). When the song ends, Mr McGarry turns the lever back up and returns to an empty, dirty room. He exclaims his disbelief at what he sees and the camera changes to a shot behind Five of them walking slowly back down the corridor behind the stage.


The song samples music (most notably the electric guitar riff) from the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Arrows. It also name-checks Janet Jackson and her song "Nasty", Redman's song "Time 4 Sum Aksion", Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Fifth Element, Jimmy Snuka, The Lost Boys, The Hound of the Baskervilles, John Gotti and The Monstars' anthem "Hit 'Em High" from Space Jam.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Everybody Get Up" [Radio Edit] - 3:03
  2. "My Song" [Exclusive Single Remix] - 3:42
  3. "Everybody Get Up" [Video] - 3:05
UK CD2 (Includes Limited Edition Poster)
  1. "Everybody Get Up" [Radio Edit] - 3:03
  2. "Everybody Get Up" [Johan S Toxic Rock Mix] - 5:46
  3. "Everybody Get Up" [Paul Masterson Vocal Mix] - 7:03
UK Cassette
  1. "Everybody Get Up" [Radio Edit] - 3:03
  2. "My Song" [Exclusive Single Remix] - 3:42
  3. "Everybody Get Up" [Extended Version] - 5:40


Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 40
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 13
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[5] 46
France (SNEP)[6] 24
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 25
Iceland (Tonlist)[8] 22
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


External links[edit]

Preceded by
"No Matter What" by Boyzone
New Zealand Singles Chart
15 November 1998 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"No Matter What" by Boyzone