The Bad Touch

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"The Bad Touch"
The Bad Touch Bloodhound.JPG
Single by Bloodhound Gang
from the album Hooray for Boobies
Released May 31, 1999
Format
Recorded 1999
Genre
Length 4:20
Label
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Pop
Producer(s) Jimmy Pop
Bloodhound Gang singles chronology
"Along Comes Mary"
(1997)
"The Bad Touch"
(1999)
"The Ballad of Chasey Lain"
(2000)
Music video
"The Bad Touch" on YouTube

"The Bad Touch" is a song recorded by American alternative rock band Bloodhound Gang. It was released on May 31, 1999 as the lead single from their album Hooray for Boobies, which was released a year later, in the US and UK. The song was remixed by many artists including God Lives Underwater, KMFDM, and Eiffel 65.

Lyricism[edit]


Music video[edit]

The song's video features the band dressed in "MonkeyRat" costumes with oversized ears, in numerous locations of Paris (including the Place de l'Estrapade, Avenue de Saxe, and Champ de Mars), and the Eiffel Tower is visible in many shots. During the video, the band uses blowguns to shoot tranquilizer darts into the buttocks of four passing young women dressed in black with short skirts and stockings, then carrying them away. They then use a fishing rod to dangle a croissant in front of a group of French chefs, enticing them to follow. The band members dance around for a few seconds and then lure three chefs into following them. The band members swallow several mealworms, before finding two stereotypically French effeminate gay men in a café, who are then beaten over the head with baguettes and knocked unconscious. A dwarf mime artist played by actor Jordan Prentice is captured in a net and then thrown into a cage with the four women, three chefs and the gay couple in a clear parody of animal collectors capturing frightened specimens. The band leap around the cage taunting their captives. As the song draws to an end, the prisoners are released and all dance together in formation in the street. The mime artist escapes and is run over by a speeding Renault 5 car driven by Lüpüs Thünder.

The uncensored version of the video shows the band playing with and eating a brown semi-liquid food, with the implication that it is feces, and a beginning which features them feigning sex in a doggy-style position rather than dancing as in the clean version. The violent capture of the gay couple is also missing from some versions.

Controversy[edit]

A scene in the video featuring a pair of gay men in sailor suits, who share french fries and are subsequently beaten by the band members wielding baguettes, was cut after it initially premiered.[4] GLAAD complained about the scene to MTV stating that "a gay-bashing scene in any context in today's climate is not acceptable".[4] MTV reviewed the video and suggested to Geffen Records that the scene be cut.[4] On the scene, lead singer Jimmy Pop commented "I would give any gay man two tickets to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of his choice if he could describe exactly who's going to become violent based on that scene".[5]

Track listings[edit]

Promo single

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" – 4:20

Canada promo

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" [Radio Version] – 3:37
  • 2 "The Bad Touch" (Eiffel 65 Remix) – 3:34

Europe promo

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" [Radio Version] – 3:37

Europe single

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" [Album Version] – 4:19
  • 2 "The Bad Touch" [Eiffel 65 Remix] – 3:33
  • 3 "Along Comes Mary" [BHG Mix] – 3:23

Europe single

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" [LP] – 4:23
  • 2 "Along Comes Mary" [The Bloodhound Gang Mix] – 3:20

Australia and Europe maxi-CD

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" [LP]
  • 2 "The Bad Touch" [The God Lives Underwater Mix]
  • 3 "The Bad Touch" [The K.M.F.D.M. Mix]
  • 4 "Along Comes Mary" [The Bloodhound Gang Mix]
  • "Video Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny" (Video)

Europe maxi-CD

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" [The Bloodhound Gang Mix] – 4:20
  • 2 "The Bad Touch" [The Eiffel 65 Mix] – 4:28
  • 3 "The Bad Touch" [The Rollergirl Mix] – 5:59
  • 4 "The Bad Touch" [The God Lives Underwater Mix] – 4:23

UK promo

  • 1 "The Bad Touch" [The Bloodhound Gang Mix] – 4:20
  • 2 "The Bad Touch" [The K.M.F.D.M. Mix] – 4:19
  • 3 "The Bad Touch" [The God Lives Underwater Mix] – 4:23
  • 4 "The Bad Touch" [The Eiffel 65 Mix] – 4:29
  • 5 "The Bad Touch" [The Rollergirl Mix] – 6:00
  • 6 "The Bad Touch" [The Eiffel 65 Acapella Mix]

Spain vinyl 12"

  • A1 "The Bad Touch" [Eiffel 65 Extended Mix] – 4:30
  • A2 "The Bad Touch" [12" Rollerblade Remix] – 6:02
  • B1 "The Bad Touch" [Eiffel 65 Instrumental] – 4:30
  • B2 "The Bad Touch" [Album Version] – 4:20

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "Bloodhound Gang". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 24, 2013. Titled just Hooray on the clean version, the album featured 'The Bad Touch,' an infectious dance-pop number...'
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  5. ^ Kenneally, Tim (2000). "Ask the Experts". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. 16 (6): 52. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
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