Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

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"Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"
Single by Panic! at the Disco
from the album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Released August 7, 2006
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2005
SOMD! Studios
College Park, Maryland

Dang! Studios
Lewisville, Texas
Genre Alternative rock, dance-punk
Length 3:20 (album version)
2:57 (radio edit)
Label Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen
Writer(s) Ryan Ross
Producer(s) Matt Squire
Panic! at the Disco singles chronology
"But It's Better If You Do"
(2006)
"Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"
(2006)
"Build God, Then We'll Talk"
(2007)

"Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off", often shortened to "Lying Is the Most Fun...", is a single by the alternative rock band Panic! at the Disco, from the album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. Released on August 7, 2006, it is the third commercially released single from that album and fourth overall ("The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" was only released promotionally). The song is sometimes referred to by the shortened title "Lying Is the Most Fun" for radio.[citation needed]

The song's title was taken from a line of dialog in the 2004 film Closer (based on a 1997 play of the same name). The line, spoken by Natalie Portman's character, Alice, is "Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off, but it's better if you do." "But It's Better If You Do", another song by Panic at the Disco, was released as a single prior to "Lying is the Most Fun".

In the United States, the song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart,[1] number 96 on the Pop 100,[2] and number 4 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[3]

The song also reached number 39 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] in the process becoming the longest un-bracketed title of a song to enter the UK Top 40 and number 26 on the ARIA Charts,.[5] The song also number 33 in New Zealand.[6]

This song was included in the video game Saints Row 2.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Travis Kopach[7][8][9] and filmed on June 19, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.[7] The video was premiered on MTV2 on July 14, 2006.[citation needed] It features people with fish tanks on their heads.[7] The video only shows the band in one scene (the paramedics are the band members), because the band felt that their looks were distracting from their music.[7]

According to one interpretation, the husband (Daniel Gomez) feels unloved by his wife (Molly D'Amour) whom he knows has been unfaithful. At one point, the woman picks up a fish and puts it in her fish tank, representing her sleeping with another man. This makes her depressed husband commit suicide.[citation needed] Those who believe in this interpretation suggest that the number of fish in a person's tank represents the number of people a person has slept with. This leads people to believe that the woman in the video has been promiscuous outside her marriage while her husband only has one fish in his tank. However, upon closer inspection, it can be seen that he has numerous fish in his tank as well, although only the one is brightly orange in color and easy to see. The orange fish representing his faithfulness to wife, and the other, harder to see fish, representing past and forgotten lovers.[citation needed] However, Panic! at the Disco has stated that the music video is simply a '50s period short film[8] and the man (Daniel Gomez) and woman (Molly D'Amour) are a couple, but not necessarily married.[8]

The band includes a 15-second intro instead of starting the vocals right at the beginning.[citation needed]

The band explained on Steven's Untitled Rock Show that they chose Kopach for the video because they felt his treatment was the most unconventional of the ones they had been offered.[7][8]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD/Digital (August 2006)[edit]

  1. "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"
  2. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" (live from Astoria)

UK enhanced CD (August 2006)[edit]

  1. "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"
  2. "Build God, Then We'll Talk" (Live from Astoria)
  3. "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" (video)
  4. "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" (live video from Astoria)

UK 7" picture disc (August 2006)[edit]

  1. "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"
  2. "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" (live from Astoria)

WMI CD/Digital (January 2007)[edit]

  1. "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" (radio edit)
  2. "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" (album version)
  3. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" (live from Astoria)
  4. "Build God, Then We'll Talk" (live from Astoria)

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