Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mr G - Naughty Girl

Surely this is an early contender for the best song of 2008. I've been addicted to Mr G's "Naughty Girl" for weeks but thought I'd wait until the video clip was filmed before writing about it here. For any non-Australian readers, Mr G is a fictional character played by Chris Lilley on the insanely popular comedy series "Summer Heights High". A camp drama teacher with serious delusions of grandeur, Mr G literally steals the show by making his students perform a musical about his life. "Mr G - The Musical" is one of the most biting pieces of satire I've seen on Australian television. It's hilarious viewing from beginning to end but the highly controversial "Naughty Girl" is the undisputed highlight. The song, an incredibly inappropriate but sublimely amusing tale of a teenage girl who overdoses on ecstasy, caused a media furor when it was revealed that the song's lyrics mirrored a real life tragedy. If anything the controversy only served to make the show even more popular.

Given Mr G's pop culture status, it was hardly a surprise when Chris Lilley announced that "Naughty Girl" would be released as a single. While definitely a cash-in, "Naughty Girl" can not be dismissed as a novelty. This is a first class dance anthem with the catchiest chorus of the year (thus far). Who wont be chanting "She's a naughty girl with a bad habit, a bad habit for drugs" the next time this gets a spin at your local disco? The spoken interludes are also hysterical with Mr G lamenting that poor deceased Jessica was indeed a slut. Pop is rarely this darkly amusing and clever. The same can be said for the slightly disturbing but jaw droppingly fantastic video clip (below). I was initially disappointed to learn that it was comprised of footage sent in by fans but the result is ridiculously entertaining. I guarantee it's the only time you'll see children dancing with giant ecstasy pills on your television screen! The song is already top 20 on the strength of downloads and looks a sure bet to reach the top 10 on Sunday. The remixes are fantastic and the physical single comes with a poster and stickers. You can download Mr G's stunning anthem from iTunes or order a physical copy from Chaos. While you're there, order the TV series. "Summer Heights High" is a work of genius.

18 comments:

Adem With An E said...

I played this on the radio show last week and we all decided that it was SO good that it was FAR beyond novelty. It's actually just a really fucking great dance track. I'm really, so pleased you like it too, because I'd thought of you and whether you were a fan of it when I first heard it.

Nice to see Paul Mac having some fun.

Miss Halliwell said...

I am in love with that song! How politically incorrect yet still having a message!

Dannii should be releasing this with 'I'm A Naughty Girl'... LOL

I am going to buy the DVD of this series, it is just up my alley!

Thank you for introducing me to Mr G...I am going to hunt the single down and play it full blast to a lesbian called Jessica!

Miss H
x

Me said...

That was terrible! But in the so-bad-that-it-is-good way...

I liked the bit where the guy lowered himself into the cardboard box adn where the one in the alley with the fan does the spoken part.

Jamie said...

How totally fabulous. I have to buy this series on DVD.

Surely the best line in a single this year: 'She's a slut and she knows it, and she wants to root all the boys'.

Talking of fab aussie comedy I always like the way that the two sluts in 'Kath and Kim' who try and root Brettie are called Kylie and Dannii.

Mike said...

I agree Adem. "Naughty Girl" is just an amazing pop song that happens to be hilarious. The Paul Mac remixes are great too!

Hi Deirdre! How are you, my sweet? I thought you would be into some Mr G! You would love the series - it's appalling but spot on satire to the point where I get flashbacks to high school. You should cover "Naughty Girl" for your next album!

Jay, I love the boy in the box and the teenage tranny with the fan. My favourite is the tragic queen in the blue shorts and Toby the autistic break dancer who also starred in the tv series.

Hey Jamie, glad you like it. I love that line. My other favourite is "she can't help being a slut on a Saturday night" - poor Jessica is not alone there! The series is just fantastic. I think it might be a little Aus-centric but if you like Kath & Kim, you should love "Summer Heights High". Kylie & Dannii get so many mentions on Kath & Kim - I also love Kath getting down to "Red Blooded Woman" in the car!

Richee said...

Oh my god! That clip is amazing - I stopped it half way through as I now need to find where I can get the DVD in the UK and save it for then!!

Mike said...

I don't think the DVD is available in the UK. I've looked at the HMV, Amazon and Play websites. You might be able to get it on Ebay but you can order it from Chaos. It's only $27 AUD:

http://chaos.com/product/summer_heights_high_1579952_649290.html

lexy said...

"Even before Summer Heights High aired, some community groups were complaining about a "rape joke", and Mr G's inappropriate "touching" of a boy with Down syndrome."- Wikipedia

LOL. I need to watch this show/ get Mr G's single ASAP.

Jamie said...

Just ordered my CD and DVD from Chaos.

Also just wet myself as I see they are releasing 'Dynasty' on DVD. And if that isn't enough you can buy 'Return to Eden' on DVD too!

Fabulous!

Mike said...

Lexy, you would love Summer Heights High - particularly the stunning Ja'mie:

Ja'mie demands a formal

Jamie, I can't believe you know Return To Eden! It's one of my all time favourite tv series. Jilly is up there with Pat The Rat, The Freak, Mrs Mangel and Vinegar Tits in the canon of great Aussie tv villians!

Arlen said...

This is one of the best songs to come out this year :) Makes me laugh every single time Mr G says "...but apparently there's no denying she was one". Just his delivery of that line is sooo funny! I think it will reach top 3 in the singles chart this weekend if not #1!

D'luv said...

I wouldn't fuck this guy's skull if his jaw was lined with marshmallows.

Jamie said...

Bloody hell my DVD and CD are on their way already. You aussies dont hang about do you.

God yes! I loved 'Return to Eden' when it was on in the 80's. Just the thought of the storyline of crocodile attacks and plastic surgery get me dripping with excitement.

Mike said...

I hope you're right, Arlen. Mr G would be a fierce #1!

Mmmmm... marshmellows!

Jamie, the stickers that come with the CD are so sexual! "Return To Eden" is so fabulous. How she goes from frumpy business woman to Sydney glamour model after being attacked by a crocodile is surely one of the greatest storylines in the history of television!

Magical Froggy said...

OMG how did I miss this post? That video is so extraordinarily wrong, I love it! :D :D :D

Adem With An E said...

One word; Tsunamarama.

Courtney Act said...

We will surly be seeing a live rendition of this at the MTV VMA awards later next month? How camp!

Jump! said...

This is possibly the best thing Ive heard all year. I wanna see the show now!