Hot Chelle Rae’s “Good riddance to bad rubbish” *UPDATED*

I like Hot chelle Rae’s new break-up song. Rather than being a whiny dirge about a broken heart, it’s a cheery ditty about walking away from a disastrous, damaging relationship.  I like to think that this will be America’s theme song in November 2012, as voters give Obama the boot. (BTW, the song isn’t really called “good riddance to bad rubbish.” It’s called “Honestly.”

UPDATE:  When I posted this video, I was using my iPhone as I waited for a choral concert to begin.  Although I’m very familiar with the song (when you drive kids around, you learn pop music), I’d never seen the video.  Earl points out that the video makes the guy a selfish jerk, while the woman . . . is also a selfish jerk.  The song lyrics, however, are pretty clear:  he’s singing about someone who professes love, but who makes his life a misery.  So, ignore the video and just listen to the lyrics.  That’s the way to “get” the point I was trying to make.

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  • Earl

    I can’t see that the video was congruent with the song….
    It ought to be the GIRL singing, as she leaves the loser boyfriend….
    Shouldn’t it?
    What is this 64-year old non-music-guy missing?

  • Bookworm

    Earl, I can’t answer that question, because I’ve never watched the video. I hear the song in the car when I drive with the kids. I posted this using my iPhone, while awaiting a choral group performance. 


    C’mon Earl, you can chant along with me the definitive “exit” music.

  • Earl

    Hehehe…..THAT one not even *I* can miss!!
    I love it — need to sing it at every Tea Party rally…..

  • Ron19

    A beautiful goodbye song from the sixties and the other end of the attitude sprectrum:

    Notice the advanced technology Blue Tooth wireless electric guitars, too.  Or were they Wi-Fi?

    A clearer recording:

    Here’s an oldie more in line with Chelle’s attitude:

    Wow! Can you believe that we were ever that young?!

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  • Bookworm

    You guys have inspired me.  I’m putting up a post now, where we can submit our “campaign” songs — popular songs that support Romney or that gently hint that it’s time for Obama to bid his office good-bye.

  • Ymarsakar

    One of the best emotionally dramatic theme songs that I heard during the conclusion of a semi forbidden romantic relationship wasn’t actually Japanese in nature. It was Scottish. And I didn’t realize it until Pandora played that exact music, my heart said “I know that one”, and I looked up the roots.

     But it was really good, even though I never understood what they were saying.

    You should listen to more Japanese pop music, Book.