Stupid Girl (Cold song)
|Single by Cold|
|from the album Year of the Spider|
|Released||April 1, 2003|
|Recorded||September - December 2002 at Bay 7, Studio City|
|Genre||Hard rock, post-grunge|
|Writer(s)||Scooter Ward, Rivers Cuomo|
|Cold singles chronology|
"Stupid Girl" is a song by American alternative metal band Cold and the lead single from their third major label album, Year of the Spider. It was the second song released for the album overall; "Gone Away" was released on the WWE Tough Enough 2 soundtrack while recognized as a Year of the Spider track a year prior to its release. "Stupid Girl" made its radio debut on March 18, 2003 and was the only Cold single to crack the Billboard Hot 100. The song, as well as its music video, were heavily played on MTV2 and Fuse TV throughout the several months following its release.
"Stupid Girl" marks a shift in Cold's style into a substantially more commercial direction. Frontman Scooter Ward began working on the song in 2002 and, although he liked the guitar riff, considered it too reminiscent of Weezer, a band that Cold had toured with earlier and befriended. Ward subsequently asked Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo to lend a hand in the song's development for their first and only collaboration. The verse lyrics and opening/chorus guitar riff were then written by Cuomo. Originally the two singers planned to trade off vocals, but after Cuomo heard Ward's tracks, he decided to limit his own vocal contribution to the pre-chorus. The song blatantly revolves around relationship troubles with bits of tongue-in-cheek phrasing commonly found in Cuomo's writing style.
The song begins with an electric guitar intro followed by an increasingly louder snare beat. This carries into a verse emphasizing vocals of disdain over the subtle guitar and drum beat. The song's bridge halts the established melody for a solo, acoustic chord progression. An anthemic vocal harmony then ensues before returning to the chorus.
An acoustic version of the song was performed on Sessions@AOL which aired on Fuse TV in 2003. The CD single of "Stupid Girl" also includes a remix by Chris Vrenna who hired a string arranger and used a complete string section as a basis for the mix.
The "Stupid Girl" video was directed by Marc Webb, who previously worked with Cold on "Just Got Wicked", on February 22, 2003 in Minneapolis. The band drafted fans for the video to meet at the Bancroft schoolyard in south Minneapolis. "Stupid Girl" has the band performing on a small outdoor stage in the cold February weather. Fans are shown tearing up signs with the names of their apparent former significant others. The song is generally recognized simply as a Cold song and Rivers Cuomo, who contributed to its development, does not appear in the video.
The band initially wanted shots of them performing on a frozen lake filled with fans, but with Geffen worrying about the potential for injury, the band opted for the schoolyard instead.
|2.||"Stupid Girl" (My Life is Long Remix)||4:51|
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||4||2003|
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||6||2003|
|Billboard Hot 100||87||2003|
- MTV News staff "Cold Pair Up With Weezer Frontman For 'Stupid Girl,' Battle Giant Spiders" MTV.com (March 5, 2003). Retrieved on June 11, 2008.
- Scooter Ward: Cold - 'Stupid Girl' from Sessions@AOL' Video.AOL.com. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.
- Interviews - Chris Vrenna RocketBaby.net (2003). Retrieved on June 18, 2008.
- MTV News staff "For The Record: Quick News On Nick Carter, John Mayer, Trina, Dee Dee Ramone, Cold, Pete Yorn & More" MTV.com (February 20, 2003). Retrieved on June 11, 2008.