You Said No

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"You Said No"
Single by Busted
from the album Busted
B-side "Mrs Robinson", "My Good Friend"
Released 21 April 2003 (2003-04-21)
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop rock, pop punk
Length 2:47
Label Universal Island
Writer(s) James Bourne, Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson, Steve Robson, John McLaughlin
Producer(s) Steve Robson, Graham Stewart
Busted singles chronology
"Year 3000"
(2003)
"You Said No"
(2003)
"Hurra Hurra Die Schule Brennt"
(2003)
"You Said No"
CD2 cover

"You Said No" (also known by its original title, "Crash and Burn") is a song by English pop punk band Busted. It was released on 21 April 2003 as the third single from their debut studio album Busted (2002). The song was written by band members James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson, along with Steve Robson and John McLaughlin, and produced by Robson and Graham Stewart.

"You Said No" became Busted's first song to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart. With previous singles "What I Go to School For" and "Year 3000" having peaked at number three and number two, respectively, Busted also became the first band ever to enter the UK charts 3-2-1 with their first three singles.

Background[edit]

"You Said No" is about being rejected at a disco by a girl and feeling humiliated. The song was first recorded under the title "Crash and Burn", and this version was included on the first pressing of Busted. The title of the song was changed in the aftermath of the Columbia Shuttle disaster of February 2003, as the original name was deemed "inappropriate". In an interview with Newsround, Matt Willis said, "We were deciding what single to go for just as that happened and we really wanted to use Crash and Burn but we thought the name was inappropriate - it would have been bad taste."[1] The song was renamed "You Said No", slightly reworked, and this version was subsequently released as a single and included on further pressings of Busted.

In 1000 UK Number One Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, James Bourne recalled: "I remember we sat down for a writing session and Charlie was talking about being blown out by a girl. He said 'I crashed and burned' which was something I had never heard before. Then we tied it in with a song we already had about a girl who was so fit and she knew it and we renamed it 'You Said No.'"

Critical reception[edit]

In a review for the song, Music Week stated: "Self-deprecating and completely infectious, this will be all over the radio",[2] while Scotland's Daily Record made it Single of the Week.[3] UKMIX was less enthusiastic, regarding the song as "nowhere near as interesting as "Year 3000" or "What I Go to School For", but pretty amusing when you think about the bad lyrics".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

On 27 April 2003, "You Said No" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, marking Busted's first number one at the third attempt.[5][6][7] Additionally, with previous singles "What I Go to School For" and "Year 3000" having peaked at number three and number two, respectively, Busted became the first act ever to have their first three singles enter the top three in ascending order, a feat that got them into the Guinness World Records.[8]

Music video[edit]

In the video for the song, Busted try to impress some girls by doing bike stunts at a rally, before being bettered by more experienced riders. Despite this, the video suggests that the singers find someone afterwards: an attractive nurse, played by Lucy Finnigan. When the video first aired on television, the fictitious name shown at the beginning for James Bourne's character was 'James Harris'. This was a private joke and was later changed.

Live performances[edit]

"You Said No" was promoted by appearances on CD:UK, The Saturday Show, Blue Peter, Top of the Pops and its spin-off show Top of the Pops Saturday, and Re:covered. Busted also performed it live at the Disney Kids Awards, Party in the Park, Prom in the Park, and Christmas in Popworld.[9]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "You Said No" (Album Version) - 2:47
  2. "You Said No" (James' Version) - 3:00
  3. "You Said No" (EJDJ Mix) - 3:12
  4. "You Said No" (Instrumental) - 2:47
  5. "Interview" - 5:00
UK CD2
  1. "You Said No" (Album Version) - 2:47
  2. "You Said No" (Matt's Version) - 2:54
  3. "Mrs Robinson" - 3:18
  4. "You Said No" (Video) - 3:00
UK cassette
  1. "You Said No" (Album Version) - 2:47
  2. "You Said No" (Charlie's Version) - 2:58
  3. "My Good Friend" - 3:05

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 62
Denmark (Tracklisten)[10] 15
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[11] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 38
Ireland (IRMA) 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Silver 200,000^

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Busted boys gossip about fans and fame". Newsround (CBBC). 2003-04-23. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Google Nieuws". News.google.com. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "SINGLES & ALBUMS REVIEWS: SINGLE OF THE WEEK; Busted but You Said No (Crash & Burn) ****". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 17 April 2003. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Reviews - Busted - You Said No". UKMIX. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 685. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "Busted boys blast to the top of the chart". Newsround (CBBC). 27 April 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Fulton, Rick (28 April 2003). "EASY AS 3-2-1 FOR BUSTED; Trio hit top spot at third attempt.". TheFreeLibrary.com. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Warner, Sam (18 November 2013). "10 Things About... McBusted". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Busted Videos". Bustedonline.org. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Busted – You Said No". Tracklisten.
  11. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 10 May 2003. p. 61. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Busted – You Said No". GfK Entertainment.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Busted – You Said No" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Busted: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Room 5 feat. Oliver Cheatham – Make Luv". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Make Luv in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search