Good Boys

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"Good Boys"
Single by Blondie
from the album The Curse of Blondie
Released September 2003
Format 12", CD Single
Recorded 2002/2003
Genre New wave, dance-rock
Length 4:18 (Album Version)
3:45 (Radio Edit)
Label Epic/Sony (UK)
Writer(s) Deborah Harry
Kevin Griffin
Brian May
Blondie singles chronology
"No Exit"
(1999)
"Good Boys"
(2003)
"Mother"
(2011)
Music sample

"Good Boys" is a song by the American band Blondie. Released in 2003, it was the only single to be released from their eighth studio album The Curse of Blondie. The single peaked at number 12 in the UK and was the final single from the band for eight years.

The single was released as part of a two-CD set and on vinyl. CD 1 features live versions of "Maria" and "Rapture", plus the video for "Good Boys" directed by Jonas Åkerlund. CD 2 featured a remix by Giorgio Moroder. The 12-inch vinyl featured remixes by Giorgio Moroder, Return To New York, and Scissor Sisters. The Australian single release coincided with the band's 2003 tour of the country, peaking at number 37 and becoming their first top 40 hit there as a group since "Island of Lost Souls" in 1982.

Credits and Queen[edit]

The song credits Brian May of the British rock band Queen as a co-writer because Debbie Harry wanted to use lyrics that were similar to those of Queen's 1977 hit "We Will Rock You" for the rap section. Although the lyrics are not entirely identical, Queen threatened to sue,[citation needed] as was explained by Harry and fellow Blondie member Chris Stein on a VH1 special.[citation needed] The lyrics used in "Good Boys" were "You got me on your face / A big disgrace / Shakin' your feathers all over the place." While the lyrics from "We Will Rock You" are "You got mud on your face / You big disgrace / Kicking your can all over the place."

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Good Boys" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Filmed partly in black and white and partly in color, the video starts out in the style of an old silent film, with a title screen that presents the band, the song, and the director. Debbie Harry appears in a brunette wig, playing a ringmaster conducting the band in a vintage circus setting, intercut with scenes of a circus drama in which a clown is thrown inside a cage with a tiger and mauled to death.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks (Harry/Griffin/May) unless otherwise noted.

UK 12"

  1. "Good Boys" (Giorgio Moroder Extended Long) - 7:07
  2. "Good Boys" (Scissor Sisters' Gyad Byas Myax Ya Mix) - 3:40
  3. "Good Boys" (Return To New York Mix) - 8:22

UK CD1 (674399 2)

  1. "Good Boys" (Album Version) - 4:18
  2. "Maria" (Live - from album Livid (Live)) (Destri) - 4:49
  3. "Rapture (Live - from album Livid (Live)) (Harry, Stein) - 6:24
  4. "Good Boys" (Video-B&W Version w/Color) - 3:47

UK CD2 (674399 5)

  1. "Good Boys" (Album Version) - 4:18
  2. "Good Boys" (Giorgio Moroder Extended Long) - 7:07

European CD (674065 2)

  1. "Good Boys" (Album Version) - 4:18
  2. "Good Boys" (Giorgio Moroder Extended Long) - 7:07
  3. "Good Boys" (Scissor Sisters' Gyad Byas Myax Ya Mix) - 3:40
  4. "Good Boys" (Return To New York Mix) - 8:22

Australian CD (674065 5)

  1. "Good Boys" (Album Version) - 4:18
  2. "Good Boys" (Giorgio Moroder Single Mix) - 4:06
  3. "Good Boys" (Dead Guy's Ghost Remix) - 7:14
  4. "Good Boys" (Scissor Sisters' Gyad Byas Myax Ya Mix Extended) - 5:15

Holland 12" (promo only)

  1. "Good Boys" (Giorgio Moroder Extended Short) - 5:51
  2. "Good Boys" (Giorgio Moroder Single Mix) - 4:06
  3. "Good Boys" (Album Version) - 4:18
  4. "Good Boys" (Scissor Sisters' Gyad Byas Myax Ya Mix Extended) - 5:15
  5. "Good Boys" (Scissor Sisters' Gyad Byas Myax Ya Mix) - 3:40
  6. "Good Boys" (A1 People Full Version) - 6:15

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