Music / Bowling for Soup
Bowling For Soup (also known as BFS) is an American pop-punk band started in 1994 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Their songs focus on drinking, partying, peppy songs about being a high school Butt Monkey
and teenaged debauchery (the song High School Never Ends), and ones that are almost a deconstruction and analysis of the Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
(the song A-hole). Other times they talk about the band being high school buddies and the Girl of the Week
. Basically the kind of themes you'd find in an average Blink 182 song or a high school freshman's journal.
- Bowling for Soup (1995)
- Rock on, Honorable Ones!! (1997)
- Let's Do It for Johnny!! (2000)
- Drunk Enough to Dance (2002)
- A Hangover You Don't Deserve (2004)
- The Great Burrito Extortion Case (2006)
- Sorry for Partyin (2009)
- Fishin' for Woos (2011)
- Merry Flippin' Christmas (2011)
- Lunch. Drunk. Love (2013)
They also do the opening theme song for Phineas and Ferb
, the movie theme for "Jimmy Neutron", the main theme for Sonic Unleashed
, a cover of Modern English's "I Melt With You" for the Disney's Sky High (2005)
, and a cover of A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran (So Far Away)" for the opening of Saint Seiya
's English dub. As of 2012, lead singer Jaret Reddick is the new voice of Chuck E. Cheese.Needs a Better Description
This band provides examples of:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Girl All The Bad Guys Want", despite the title making it sound like an Inverted Trope. It's also a gender-flipped version, since the protagonist is an uncool guy who wants to date a bad girl. He resorts to trying to be a bad boy himself to get her.
- Anti-Love Song: Many.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: "Here's Your Freakin' Song" is written about the singer's (presumably ex) girlfriend, who always begged him to write a song about her. So he did. And, well... if she's not his ex, she certainly will be after she hears it.
You talk too much, you never shut up. Everything I do for you is never enough! You snore, you drool, you talk in your sleep. Won't get a night's rest until you're six feet deep! I promised you forever, but we both know, we're never gonna get along. You want it? You got it! Here's your freakin' song!
- Big Fun: Guitarist Chris Burney is difficult to miss (for more reasons than one).
- Bittersweet Ending: "Graduation Trip" ends with the singer and his girlfriend ultimately drifting apart, due to them getting together on a four-day-long trip and living in separate states, but it's clear there's no bitterness on either end, and the singer is glad to hear the girl is doing well.
- Break Up Song: A-Hole. Different from most in that the singer feels bad about not having done more to make the relationship work, and features an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
- Call Back: The hidden outro track on Great Burrito Extortion Case fades in after about a minute of silence at the end of "If You Come Back To Me", and consists of Studio Chatter discussing the subject of every other track on the album, over a loop of the jaunty "la-la-la-laaaaaa" chorus from "I'm Gay". Also, arguably, the reprise of "Ohio (Come Back to Texas)" on A Hangover You Don't Deserve, which continues the Long List of famous Texans who miss the singer's girlfriend from that song's breakdown.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Their song "My Hometown."
- Cover Version: “...Baby One More Time”; “Five O’Clock World”; “Gilligan’s Island Theme”; “I Melt With You”; “I Ran (So Far Away)”; “Jimmy Neutron Theme”; “Li’l Red Riding Hood”; “London Bridge”; “Sick Of Myself”; “Spanish Harlem”; “Speed Racer”; “Summer of ‘69”; "Circle"
- "1985" is a song by their friends in SR-71. The Bowling for Soup version though is in a different key and has slight alterations to the lyrics to make the song less bitter and more of a celebration of The '80s.
- “Belgium”: A special case in that they themselves wrote and recorded the original, but continue to cover it in new styles as hidden tracks on their albums. Currently the alternate versions include acoustic, boy-band, and polka.
- "Stacy's Mom:" Because everyone thought they did it anyway.
- Deadpan Snarker: Their songs are normally quite cheerful, but they can also get impressively sarcastic.
- Disco Dan: "1985"
- Distracted by the Sexy: The end of the "1985" video with the housewife dancing on top of the car. The band is finished. She isn't. It takes her husband calling from across the street for the band to stop staring at her and give her an awkward applause as she covers herself up and scampers back to her house.
- Double Entendre: "My Wena" seems like a long dick joke until The Reveal in the video, which shows that it's actually about a weiner dog named Wena.
- The '80s: "1985".
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "The Bitch Song"
- Fun with Foreign Languages: Three words that will change your life: "No Hablo Ingles."
- Gag Censor: Blocking a jock's penis in the video for "High School Never Ends." It's labelled "Too small for TV."
- Good Ol' Boy: Averted; the band are from Texas, but despite the majority of Texas being infamously homophobic, they, at multiple points throughout several songs, make it clear they love gay people. From wishing they were gay to avoid girl troubles to stating they have no problem with gay people while singing about how a friend calls them such when he comments how he loves him.
- Heavy Meta: "Really Cool Dance Song", which is rife with Take That against meaningless, generic dance music.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: "BFFF" is essentially a love song from one partner to another, even saying "I'm tryin' to say I love you in a heterosexual way."
- High School: "High School Never Ends".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "Get Happy", possibly, depending on whether you think they're being sarcastic or not.
"Maybe you're right: We've had a good time. I'll sit around
, you get yourself a new life. Go get your spark, go find your smile, and get happy
- A lot of their songs touch on this, when the narrator doesn't get the girl - notably, in "A-Hole," the narrator fully admits that they were a jerk, and apologizes to his (now-ex) girlfriend, hoping she can find somebody better.
- Jaded Washout: Rare female example with Debbie, the protagonist of "1985."
- Just the Way You Are: "Normal Chicks" is a song about how girls don't need to look like supermodels to be attractive.
- Language Fluency Denial: "No Hablo Ingles" is about pretending not to speak English (by using the title phrase) to get out of various quandaries and responsibilities.
My teacher asked where my homework was
And that's when I told her
"No hablo ingles!"
- Last-Second Word Swap: The entire chorus of "Friendly Goodbye".
"Ain't that a bee with an itch. Ain't that a mother-trucker. You can go to H-E double hockey sticks and F yourself! 'Cause I'm flippin' gosh darn sick of all the S-words you put me though."
"Such a big man, such a little chick/I think it all goes back to your tiny/Pick- up truck in the driveway"
"Your friends think you're an asshole/And I do too/Over compensatin' for your small shoes"
- Listing Cities: "I Can't Stand LA".
- Money, Dear Boy: Invoked In-Universe in "Really Cool Dance Song", which is about a band that writes a dance song for no other reason than the fact that dance songs sell albums.
Now we're getting older, and much more sober,
And we've got some big house payments to make.
The wife wants a handbag, the kids need some college,
And we just need one hit single to break.
Get ready here it comes!
- Network Decay: Referenced in "1985": "There was U2,and Blondie/And music still on MTV".
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: The chorus of "BFFF:"
You'll tell the world I'm gay / when you hear me say / that I really and truly feel this way. / Not that there's anything wrong with being gay.
- Potty Failure: One of the flashbacks in the music video of "High School Never Ends" shows a cheerleader acting friendly towards an awkward-looking boy while secretly slipping Ex-Lax into his drink. At the reunion, he gets revenge on her by eating various disgusting things to make himself puke all over her.
- Subject 101: "Punk Rock 101", their ode to the Hot Topic generation.
- "Rashomon"-Style: "I'll Always Remember You (That Way)" is about a past romantic tryst as narrated by the former lovers (emphasizing rather different details of the same event).
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Knights of the Zodiac", the DiC dub of Saint Seiya, used the Bowling for Soup cover of A Flock of Seagulls song "I Ran (So Far Away)", and "Today is Gonna Be a Great Day".
- Shout-Out: "1985" is packed full of them - (deep breath) - Whitesnake, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Nirvana, U2, Blondie, MTV, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, Wham!, Limp Bizkit, Duran Duran, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne (phew!).
- Silly Love Songs: "Smoothie King" despite some of its Anti-Love Song lyrics ("Love songs suck and fairy tales aren't true/And 'Happy ending: Hollywood' is not for me and you."). It's about finding that person who drives you crazy in all the right ways.
- The Something Song: "The Bitch Song".
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: see Last-Second Word Swap. There's also another one leading up to the second example in "99 Biker Friends".
You tell her that you're sorry/Blame it on the beer/Your dad was mean to you/Your friends think you're/An asshole
- Toilet Humor: There's a lot in The Outro for The Great Burrito Extortion Case.
"Sometimes, after you fart, and it stinks real bad, and you go to take a drink of beer, all you're really is inhaling fart."
- Tsundere: The singer in "Not a Love Song" totally doesn't want his girl back.
- T-Word Euphemism: Featured in "A Friendly Goodbye," where the chorus is a string of these because the narrator's soon-to-be-ex hates cursing.
- Who's Laughing Now?: The premise of the video to "High School Never Ends", where the band gets karmic revenge on several Jerk Jocks that picked on them as kids in a high school renuion.
- Wife-Basher Basher: The target of the song "99 Biker Friends" is ordered to stop beating his wife/girlfriend on pain of the aforementioned bikers coming over to return the favor.
- Wild Teen Party: The focus characters of "Friends Chicks Guitars" would like to have one, but they failed to get enough beer, so it fizzled out.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: "Much More Beautiful Person."