Good Girls by 5 Seconds Of Summer
“Good Girls”, released on 7 October 2014, is the fourth single promoting 5 Seconds of Summer’s debut album, following “Amnesia”. The song is the story of living behind any social norm, in order to be totally free, as any teenager wishes for.
The band is invited by the authoritarian director of a high school to perform reliable education through classical music, in order to calm the bad girls entering the educational system he created. He mentions everything that he understands through being a good girl, such as discipline, silence, knowledge of foreign languages or obeisance to family and authorities, in order to be completely understood.
Paradoxically, the rebellious members of the band seem to agree to those ideas, even adding few personal details about what they expect to see on a good girl.
On another plan of the video, bad girls are fingerprinted, forced to wear the high school’s uniform and attend the classes that will make them learn good manners, such as gently sipping a cup of tea or gracefully walking with a book on their heads.
Instead of preserving the order imposed by the high school’s director, 5 Seconds of Summer start a revolution through music. Once the song starts, the recently good girls return to their original condition, throwing papers in the air, not obeying their teachers anymore and leading to the director’s office, who will be imprisoned himself, to feel the effect of his measures.
The video includes funny moments such as one of the teacher, leaving her formal attitude, in order to hum the lyrics of the song in an empty classroom or the ending scene, when a guardian on skateboard is the only one left in the former high school, released from the rigid management of the director.
“Good Girls” was written by the member of the band and Red Triangle team of songwriters formed by Rick Parkhouse and George Tizzard, responsible for Cheryl’s success. The song was produced by John Feldmann, also collaborating with Avicii.
The video created for “Good Girls” was released on 10 October 2014. In order to deliver a realistic impression of being imprisoned, the band shot the video in Lincoln Heights Jail, in Los Angeles, a former prison closed in the 1960s. Director Isaac Rentz, responsible for this video, collaborated before with 5 Seconds of Summer for “Amnesia”, also creating unconventional videos for Skylar Grey featuring Eminem (“C’mon Let Me Ride”) or Blink 182 (“Up All Night”).