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"Party Hard"
Partyhard.jpeg
Single by Andrew W.K.
from the album I Get Wet
B-side"Violent Life" (7")
ReleasedOctober 29, 2001
Format
Recorded2001
Genre
Length3:06
Label
Songwriter(s)Andrew W.K.
Andrew W.K. singles chronology
"Room To Breathe"
(1998)
"Party Hard"
(2001)
"She Is Beautiful"
(2002)

"Party Hard" is a song by Andrew W.K., first released as a single in 2001 and included on his first album I Get Wet. The song provided Andrew W.K. with his first mainstream hit, reaching number 19 of the UK Singles Charts upon release.[1][2]

The UK single contained one previously released track ("Make Sex"), one previously unreleased track ("Violent Life") and the video for "Party Hard". A promo single for this song was released to radio stations in the US in 2002. The promo single had the title song, the video for the song and a track titled "Andrew W.K.".

Reception[edit]

"Party Hard" was named the 89th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[3]

Pitchfork Media ranked the song #129 on its list of the Top 500 tracks of the 2000s. Reviewer Mark Richardson wrote: "Before Red Bull and vodka became fashionable and sports drink companies made the decade all about the pursuit of eXtreme energy, the movement already had its anthem."[4]

Music video[edit]

The video starts with Andrew WK grooming himself and tying his shoes in a bathroom. Then, he turns on a light switch that turns on lights in a warehouse that has a stage on it. Afterwards, the band performs the song on stage.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

The song appeared in notable films, web shows and video games including Stealing Harvard, The Smash Brothers,[5] Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, The Secret Life of Pets and Madden NFL 2003[6] in addition to the TV spot for the film Monsters University.

"Party Hard" appeared as downloadable content in the video game Rock Band 3.

Other appearances[edit]

Party Hard is used as the walk-on music for Professional Darts Corporation darts player Steve Hine[7] It was formerly played by the now-defunct ECHL's San Francisco Bulls after scoring a goal during home games at the Cow Palace.

This was song was featured in a commercial for Google's Android operating system, titled "And You", on October 15, 2014, as part of its "Be Together. Not the Same." campaign, as well as having been used on a trailer for Disney and Pixar's 2013 CGI film Monsters University a year earlier.[8]

Beginning on October 29, 2015 and following a fan petition, Party Hard is the goal song for the Pittsburgh Penguins[9]. The Penguins have, coincidentally, won back-to-back Stanley Cups as NHL Champions with "Party Hard" as their official goal song[10]. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, also began using the goal song full-time during the 2017-18 AHL season. In response, the Texas Revolution began using the song after touchdowns during the 2016 season.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Party Hard"3:06
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Violent Life"3:56

Mercury 588 813 7[11]

CD single[edit]

All tracks are written by Andrew W.K..

No.TitleLength
1."Party Hard"3:06
2."Make Sex [AWKGOJ version]"0:32
3."Violent Life"3:56
4."Party Hard (Video)" 

Mercury 588 813-2[12]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2001-2002) Peak

position

Germany[13] 92
Sweden[14] 57
UK (The Official Charts Company)[2] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Songfacts
  2. ^ a b "Andrew W.K.: Artist Chart History". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  3. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  4. ^ Pitchfork Staff. Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 200-101. Pitchfork Media. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  5. ^ "The Smash Brothers: Episode 8 - The Natural". Youtube. Event occurs at 12:30: East Point Productions. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ THE SOUNDS OF MADDEN NFL™ 2003. EA Sports. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  7. ^ Steve Hine. Global Darts. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Andrew's Song "Party Hard" Featured in New Google and Android TV Commercial". Andrew W.K. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  9. ^ Pinchevsky, Tal. "Rocker Andrew W.K. relishes his role in helping rally the Penguins". ESPN. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ Wawrow, John; Megargee, Steve. "Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  11. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Andrew-WK-Party-Hard/release/515425
  12. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Andrew-WK-Party-Hard/release/1182324
  13. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  14. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Andrew W.K. - Party Hard". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 21 October 2015.

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