Girls & Boys (4:51)

Cover of Hit Collection 2000

From Hit Collection 2000 and 65 other releases

“Girls & Boys” was released as the lead single from the band’s third album Parklife, on 7 March 1994. Charting at number five in the UK Singles Charts, “Girls & Boys” was Blur’s first top 5 hit. In the United States, it reached number fifty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number four on the Modern Rock songs chart.

The video, directed by Kevin Godley, featured Blur performing this song to a backdrop of people on 18-30 package holidays (which the band interspersed into the video). Kevin branded the video as “Page 3 rubbish” while Blur found it “perfect”. The front cover of the single was taken from a pack of Durex condoms.

The single release also includes a remix of the track by Pet Shop Boys, who later covered the track live on tour in 1994.

In 2003, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke confessed that he wished he had written the song.

In 2007, electronic band Blaqk Audio released a cover of the song as a Hot Topic exclusive bonus track for their debut album CexCells. Around that time, perhaps beginning in mid 2006, the song saw a resurgence in popularity in the American Indie Music Scene, being played a lot at dance clubs.

Upon the song’s release, it was a comeback for the band, who had had a lean commercial period for a couple of years. The song even surpassed the band’s past commercial peak by three spots.

The song is included on two compilations albums, Blur: The Best of and Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur.

The song was covered by the French singer Mélanie Pain in her 2008 album My Name.

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  • Phelipee

    GIRLS something BOYS something GIRLS something BOYS something BOYS something GIRLS something GIRLS something BOYS (9)

    27 Jul 4:07am Reply
  • Dlartrisky

    Lyrics are slightly confusing, but the song itself is fun! (:

    18 Jul 7:22pm Reply
  • peach1987

    bring back the 90s please!!!

    18 Jul 12:01am Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    lol it's all disco-ish ♥

    5 Jun 4:16pm Reply
  • T0xicValentine

    GIRLS something BOYS something GIRLS something BOYS something BOYS something GIRLS something GIRLS something BOYS (8)

    8 May 5:42pm Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    Girls who want boys who like boys to be girls who do boys like their girls who do girls like their boys

    26 Apr 12:28am Reply
  • joshsaussey

    An awesome record opener. Love the energy and how catchy it is.

    24 Apr 12:05pm Reply
  • JavierAgriel

    GIRLS something BOYS something GIRLS something BOYS something BOYS something GIRLS something GIRLS something BOYS (7)

    16 Apr 7:54pm Reply
  • cadaver11

    This song is insane but I love it!

    9 Apr 4:46am Reply
  • veruschkan

    Lyrics that make you say hmmmm....

    1 Apr 5:40am Reply
  • linppl

    GIRLS something BOYS something GIRLS something BOYS something BOYS something GIRLS something GIRLS something BOYS (6)

    23 Mar 3:14pm Reply
  • Nina369

    lol, crazy song!

    11 Mar 8:47am Reply
  • jamado87

    Perfect for crazy dancing in a crazy party!

    20 Feb 7:21pm Reply
  • MJFoxon

    GIRLS something BOYS something GIRLS something BOYS something BOYS something GIRLS something GIRLS something BOYS (5)

    22 Jan 11:32am Reply
  • markaceface

    def brings back the feeling of the 90s.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Love the childish synth melody from the start to the end.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tomrud73

    love the cheesy synths!

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • xXPyrophorusXx

    Its good, and then funny, if you really listen to it

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Fintelligent

    GIRLS something BOYS something GIRLS something BOYS something BOYS something GIRLS something GIRLS something BOYS (4)

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • IEatPoison

    GIRLS something BOYS something GIRLS something BOYS something BOYS something GIRLS something GIRLS something BOYS (3)

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
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