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"High School Never Ends"
Single by Bowling for Soup
from the album The Great Burrito Extortion Case
Released September 19, 2006
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded May 15 - June 14, 2006
Ruby Red Productions
Atlanta, Georgia
Pulse Recording
Silverlake, California
Rosewater Studios
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Genre Pop punk
Length 3.28
Label Jive/Zomba
Writer(s) Jaret Reddick, Adam Schlesinger
Producer Russ-T. Cobb, Jaret Reddick, Adam Schlesinger
Bowling for Soup singles chronology
"I Melt with You"
(2006)
"High School Never Ends"
(2006)
"When We Die"
(2007)

"High School Never Ends" is a song by the Texas pop band Bowling for Soup. The song was the first single off their seventh album, The Great Burrito Extortion Case, and was released on September 19, 2006. The song deals with the frustration of graduating from high school and seeing that popular culture is very similar to culture in high school.

The song was briefly featured on the January 18, 2007 episode of My Name Is Earl. Part of the song is also featured on commercials for Beauty and the Geek and also 17 Again.

Contents

Song References

The song contains many references to today's culture. Specific celebrities mentioned include Mary Kate Olsen (specifically, her alleged eating disorder - How did Mary Kate lose all that weight?), Jessica Simpson (you'll never guess what Jessica did), Bill Gates (Bill Gates, captain of the chess team), Reese Witherspoon (Reese Witherspoon, she's the prom queen), Jack Black (Jack Black, the clown), Brad Pitt (Brad Pitt, the quarterback) and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (Katie had a baby so I guess Tom's straight, also a reference to his litigation against journalists/paparazzi who questioned his sexuality). The song satirizes many aspects of today's society and its scrutiny of celebrity lives.

Music video

The video starts with the members of Bowling for Soup as kids, playing the end of their song "1985" for a school talent show audition. The person running the auditions says into the microphone "Guys, don't give up your day jobs." Then they walk off the stage, and pass the popular kids, who say "You guys suck". Then, as the popular kids walk away, the young Erik Chandler says to the rest of the band "Don't worry, after high school, everything will be better."

The video then fades to present time with the band going to their high school reunion. They arrive, instantly recognizing people from the past that bullied them. During a montage of the band getting back at their former bullies, many flashbacks occur.

First, it shows a flashback of Gary Wiseman getting a wedgie by some bullies. Than they hang him by his underwher on the flag. Gary takes his revenge by taking the underwear of the bullie and putting it over his head.. while he is still wearing it.

The next flashback is of Erik Chandler, getting a note reading "kick me" put on his back by a jock. Erik gets him back by putting the punch bowl sign ("Punch") on his back which starts a queue of people ready to take a punch, including a nun, a pimp and a knight in armor.

After a sequence mentioning celebrities of the time, Jaret Reddick invites on stage a popular kid who had embarrassed him at high school by pulling down his trousers in front of a girl he was obviously keen on, revealing his pink underwear. The payback is that the older popular kid is now exposed on stage as Jaret pulls his trousers down. The popular guy then explodes in embarrassment just after a strategically placed sign "too small for TV" appears over his lower body.

Finally, Chris Burney has a flashback of him getting slipped a laxative by a cheerleader and manages to get his own back by downing (in no particular order) a massive sub sandwich, a chili recovered from his trousers, a goldfish, a white mouse, and some industrial liquid. After jiggling around he then confronts the popular girl and presents the contents of his stomach upon her—by puking.

Jaret completes the video by sticking a plectrum to his rather sweaty forehead.

Radio Disney edit

A separate edit of the song was recorded for Radio Disney. Lyric changes included sanitation, e.g. "all the popular cliques" for "all the total dicks", "whole wide world" for "whole damn world", "what's been suppressed" for "who's having sex", and "who thinks they're funny" for "who gets the honeys".

Additional changes in the second verse and bridge altered or softened the critique of pop culture in the original lyrics. "How did Mary Kate lose all that weight" changed to "How does Mary Kate always look so great?" and "Katie had a baby so I guess Tom’s straight" changed to "Katie's with Tom, okay I got that straight." The lines "Who’s in the club and who’s on the drugs, Who’s throwing up before they digest" were removed entirely.

Charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 40
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 97[1]
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 79[1]

References

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