Why Don't You Get a Job?

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"Why Don't You Get a Job?"
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Single by The Offspring
from the album Americana
B-side"Beheaded (1999)"
ReleasedMarch 30, 1999
FormatCD single, Cassette, 12"[1]
Recorded1998
GenrePop punk, ska punk
Length2:49
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Dexter Holland
Producer(s)Dave Jerden[2]
The Offspring singles chronology
"Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"
(1998)
"Why Don't You Get a Job?"
(1999)
"The Kids Aren't Alright"
(1999)

"Why Don't You Get a Job?" is a song by The Offspring. The song is the 11th track on The Offspring's fifth studio album Americana (1998) and was released as the second single from the album. The song also appears as the eighth track on the band's Greatest Hits album (2005). The single peaked within the top ten of the charts in many countries, including number 2 in the United Kingdom, Australia and Sweden.

The song drew attention for its close similarity to the song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", as multiple music writers pointed out that the melody sounded exactly like The Beatles' 1968 release from the White Album.[3][4][5]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by McG, was shot on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood. Several TV and movie set locations can be seen throughout the video, including Colonial Street (which was used as Wisteria Lane in Desperate Housewives) and Courthouse Square from the Back to the Future trilogy. The video features the four members of the band walking through these locations while a steadily growing crowd follows them.

Dexter Holland opens the video by flying into a serene suburban setting on a hang glider. A male fast food worker (played by Dor Ashur) has a milkshake dumped on his face by a group of buxom female customers and then throws himself through a window, and a BMX biker falls off a roof shortly thereafter. Toward the end, Holland triggers an explosion that scatters his followers so that only his fellow band members remain.

Bob Eubanks, the host of the Newlywed Game, makes a cameo appearance. Towards the end of the video, Guy Cohen, who played the main character in the "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" video, makes a short appearance. Chris "X-13" Higgins appears in the video as a lazy boyfriend. Pussycat Dolls member Carmit Bachar plays his girlfriend.

The video appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD, released in 2005.

Track listings[edit]

Australia CD Maxi[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Why Don't You Get a Job?"2:49
2."Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (Lowriders Remix)3:01
3."Beheaded (1999)"2:38
4.""Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"" (Music Video in the CD-ROM)3:07

Part 2[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Why Don't You Get a Job?"2:49
2."Why Don't You Get a Job?" (The Baka Boyz Remix)4:22
3."Beheaded (1999)"2:38
4."I Wanna Be Sedated" (Ramones Cover)2:19

Later version[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Why Don't You Get a Job?"2:49
2."Beheaded (1999)"2:38
3."I Wanna Be Sedated" (Ramones Cover)2:19

Promo CD[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Why Don't You Get a Job?" (Album version)2:52
2."Callout Hook #1"0:10
3."Callout Hook #2"0:05

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Sweden (GLF)[34] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

South African singer Snotkop translated the song into Afrikaans as "Kry Jou Ass By Die Werk".[36]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Geoff Boucher (1999-04-24). "Is the Song an Offspring?". LA Times. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  4. ^ Teri vanHorn (1999-05-06). "Offspring Song Has A Familiar Ring, Beatles Fans Say". MTV.com. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  5. ^ Richard Harrington (1999-01-13). "Punk With Spunk". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 1999-01-13. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
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  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Offspring – Why Don't You Get a Job?". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Why Don't You Get a Job?". Irish Singles Chart.
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  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 21, 1999" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Offspring – Why Don't You Get a Job?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – The Offspring – Why Don't You Get a Job?". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Offspring – Why Don't You Get a Job?". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Offspring – Why Don't You Get a Job?". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  28. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  30. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 50 Rock Tracks". =RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  31. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN - Single 1999" (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  32. ^ "Romanian Top 100: Top of the Year 1999" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on January 22, 2005.
  33. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  34. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1999" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  35. ^ "British single certifications – Offspring". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 11, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Offspring in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  36. ^ http://www.channel24.co.za/Music/FeaturesInterviews/Interview-Snotkop-20090715 Retrieved 7 January 2014

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