You Get What You Give – New Radicals

The one where teenagers act like brats in a shopping centre…for something unusual.
Released 1998.

How good is this song? HOW GOOD IS THIS SONG? It is so good that even U2 said that they wished they had written it. But this song is so good that even in 1998, the peak of my uber-sensitivity towards anyone who bagged out my favourite band (“Zac Hanson’s hair looks silly.” “THAT’S IT, I’M NEVER SPEAKING TO YOU EVER AGAIN.”), I LOVED this song despite Gregg Alexander threatening to kick Hanson’s asses in.

The video opens with a whole bunch of teenagers and adults sneering at each other condescendingly. This is going to end well. Of course, all the teenagers suddenly turn on, well, anyone who isn’t a teenager.

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If you didn’t own a pair of yellow sunglasses in 1998 then you deserved to be locked up

Isn’t it a great reality check when you realise that you are now old enough to be one of the harassed adults in this music video? Sigh. Speaking of, have none of these kids realised that their ringleader is, in fact, 28 YEARS OLD?

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This man is nearly 30, ya’ll

One thing I am 100% behind, is freeing the dogs from their tiny cages, because having dogs freely running around a shopping centre would only ever enhance my shopping experience.

As the teenagers take over the shopping centre, it makes you wonder how different the music video would have been with today’s youth – would they be sitting around, protesting by sending texts, making memes, tweeting insults, sending a snapchat… is that what you do on snapchat?

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My only concern is if these business people are not corporate assholes but actually super disillusioned with where they are at in life, perhaps in the middle of an existential crisis. Or what if they are actually cleaners and they are dressed in a suit because they are going to a job interview? I think I am looking far too in to this, but only because I’m now one of the ‘old people’ they’d lock up, so…

To be honest, if I am ever going to take over a shopping centre, I think this kid is on the money with what I would do:

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Wheezing the juu-uice

…and what of Gregg Alexander’s threats to kick Hanson’s asses in? Well, he ended up writing a song with them five years later.

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  1. emlog2015 · May 4, 2016

    Ha Ha Ha When 18 years later you read the lyrics. I to love This song and Hanson! But I always thought Becket Hanson was a person, though just singing Hanson gave me a goofy grin and all this time it was about them! Wow! I don’t know about the kick some arses now lol.


    • 90spopcorn · May 4, 2016

      Haha, I actually got confused in the beginning because Beck’s surname is Hansen! Then I found out he was definitely referring to Hanson. By the then I probably just loved the song too much to hate it! 🙂


  2. Alex's Crazy Stupid Blog · May 8, 2016

    One of my favourite songs of the late 90s this. Perhaps what’s the most fucked up thing about New Radicals – and Gregg more specifically – was his decision to split them up just as this hit the big time. Still, he made a nice career out of writing songs for others that sounded like ‘You Get What You Give’ (Ronan Keating ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’ and Melanie C ‘On the Horizon’ I am looking at you). He did also co-write ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ for Sophie Ellis-Bextor which is officially one of the best pop songs EVER.


    • 90spopcorn · May 9, 2016

      It’s crazy isn’t it? It makes you wonder what the New Radicals could have been if they didn’t split. Mind you, we may never have got ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ so that would have been another tragedy in itself!


      • Alex's Crazy Stupid Blog · May 9, 2016

        True, true. Although Sophie herself has released some utter gems herself – ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Catch You’ and ‘Groovejet’ all spring to mind!


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