Everybody Have a Good Time

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"Everybody Have A Good Time"
The Darkness - Everybody Have a Good Time.jpg
Single by The Darkness
from the album Hot Cakes
Released26 June 2012
FormatDigital download, promotional CD single
GenreHard rock, glam metal
LabelWind-Up, Play It Again Sam Recordings
Songwriter(s)Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins
Producer(s)Mike Fraser
The Darkness singles chronology
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"
"Everybody Have A Good Time"
"Every Inch of You"
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"
"Everybody Have A Good Time"
"Every Inch of You"

"Everybody Have A Good Time" is a song by the British rock band The Darkness, released as a promotional single from their third studio album Hot Cakes in June 2012. Justin Hawkins said of the song, "We wanted to write the world's simplest, dumbest rock song. It's harder than you might imagine. Songwriting is like catching butterflies. If a big dumb butterfly isn't flying past when you're sitting there with your net, you aren't going to catch one."[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Loudwire stated that the song "delivers a retro, rocking anthem bedazzled with big sing-a-long choruses and just enough guitar solos."[2] Spin refers to the song as "giddy glam-rock blast, all Thin Lizzy bombast and T. Rex boogie."[3] NME stated that the song "features the band's trademark 1970s rock sound, and a chorus strongly reminiscent of Queen."[4] However, despite the strong critical praise, the public were not "buying it", with the song failing to chart anywhere in Europe. It was their only single to date not to chart in the UK Top 40.

Music video[edit]

The Warren Fu-directed music video premiered two days after the official single release.[5] Despite opening with the intertitle "Hot Cakes - Episode 2", this video was actually the third video to be released from the album, following "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" and Every Inch of You.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[7]
  1. "Everybody Have a Good Time" - 4:47
  • Promotional CD single[8]
  1. "Everybody Have a Good Time" - 4:47
  2. "Everybody Have a Good Time" (Radio Edit) - 3:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012-2013) Peak
Canadian Active Rock Songs Chart 33 [9]


  1. ^ http://www.dailystar.co.uk/columnists/view/262154/It-s-Justin-Hawkins-time-again/
  2. ^ "loudwire.com/ music". Retrieved June 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "spin.com/ music".
  4. ^ "nme.com/ music".
  5. ^ "guitarworld.com/ music". Retrieved June 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "nme.com/ music". Retrieved June 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/everybody-have-good-time-single/id540349640
  8. ^ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271052144666?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2648
  9. ^ Rock, Canadian. (2012-05-15) Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - 15 May 2012. Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. Retrieved on 2012-05-15.

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