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Jake Sinclair had this idea of a song She looks so perfect standing there in my American Apparel underwear, and he's like, "Bear with me — it's kind of weird." And we are like, "We love weird."

5SOS talking to MTV UK[1]


She Looks So Perfect (song)
5SOS She Looks So Perfect EP
Information
Album
Released February 21, 2014
Recorded 2013
Format CD single, digital download
Length 3:22
Genre Pop punk, power pop, pop rock
Label Capitol Records, Hi or Hey Records
Credits
Writer(s) Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford, Jake Sinclair
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair, Eric Valentine
Single Chronology
Previous
Out of My Limit
(2012)
Next
Don't Stop
(2014)

She Looks So Perfect is a song by Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer from their third EP of of the same name. The song was digitally released in Australia on February 23, 2014 through Capitol Records, as their debut single with a major label. The song debuted at #3 on the ARIA Singles Chart and #4 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and later went to #1 in both countries. It topped the charts in Ireland, Scotland and the UK in its debut week. The accompanying music video was released on February 24, 2014. It is also the opening track of the band's self-titled debut album.

Background/History Edit

"She Looks So Perfect" is a rock/punk song written by band members Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin along with Jake Sinclair. Sinclair produced the song.

5 Seconds of Summer - She Looks So Perfect (Track by Track)00:55

5 Seconds of Summer - She Looks So Perfect (Track by Track)


Critical ReceptionEdit

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a mixed review, stating that: "While their influences clearly nod towards pop-punk godfathers Green Day and Blink-182, 5SOS's official debut 'She Looks So Perfect' is strewn with teen heartthrob clichés. We worked too damn hard for this just to give it up now," Luke tells his flame over a plucky electric guitar, before the song bursts into a lofty chorus and further promises of diamond rings and plane tickets. It's the age-old tale of a forbidden romantic runaway; trouble is, with this anthem poised to scale the chart, slipping away unnoticed will soon prove slightly more difficult.[2]

Chart PerformanceEdit

On February 5, 2014, the song was made available for pre-order on iTunes. Within two days, it had reached the number one on iTunes in 39 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. On March 1, 2014, "She Looks So Perfect" debuted at #3 in Australia, being kept off the top spot by Clean Bandit's Rather Be and Pharrell Williams' Happy.[3] The song finally reached #1 in its fifth week on the chart, as well as being certified platinum for sales of 70,000 copies.

"She Looks So Perfect" debuted at #1 on the Irish Singles Chart in the week ending March 27, 2014. Likewise, it debuted at #4 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and in its fifth week, the song jumped from #9 to #1. "She Looks So Perfect" debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart in its debut week[4][5], selling more than 94,000 copies.[6]

LyricsEdit

All:
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey,hey

Luke:
Simmer down, simmer down
They say we're too young now for amount to anything else
But look around
We worked too damn hard for this just to give it up now
If you dont swim, you’ll drown
But dont move, honey

Luke, Michael and Calum:
You look so perfect standing there
In my american apparell underwear
And I know now, that I'm so down
Your lipstick stain is a work of art
I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart
And I know now, that i'm so down (hey!)

Hey, hey!
Hey, hey!
Hey, hey, hey!

Calum (with Michael):
Let’s get out, let’s get out
Cause this deadbeat town's only here just to keep us down
While I was out, i found myself alone just thinking
If i showed up with plane ticket
and shiny diamond ring with your name on it
Would you wanna run away too? Cause all I really want is you

Luke, Michael and Calum:
You look so perfect standing there
In my american apparell underwear
And I know now, that I'm so down
I made a mixtape straight out of ‘94
I’ve got ripped skinny jeans lying on the floor
And I know now, that I'm so down

Hey, hey!
Hey, Hey!
Hey, hey, hey!

Luke:
You look so perfect standing there
In my american apparell underwear
And I know now, that I'm so down
Your lipstick stain is a work of art
I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart
And I know now, that I'm so down

All:
Hey, hey!
Hey, hey!
Hey, hey, hey!

Luke, Michael and Calum:
You look so perfect standing there
In my american apparel underwear
And I know now, that I'm so dow (hey)
Your lipstick stain is a work of art (hey, hey)
I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart (hey, hey)
And I know now, that I'm so down(hey, hey)


Hey

Music VideoEdit

The official music video was directed by Frank Borin. It was released to YouTube on 24 February 2014. It features the band singing, while men and women start dancing and removing clothing at stores and classrooms.

5 Seconds Of Summer - She Looks So Perfect03:39

5 Seconds Of Summer - She Looks So Perfect

TeasersEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 1
Australian Artists (ARIA) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 33
Denmark (Tracklisten) 12
France (SNEP) 40
Germany (Media Control AG) 35
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 13
New Zealand (RIANZ) 1
Scotland (OCC) 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 26
United Kingdom (OCC)[7] 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. MTV - Review by MTV
  2. Digital Spy - Review
  3. Moise 11 - 5 Seconds of Summer debut at #3
  4. Official Charts 5 Seconds of Summer debut at #1
  5. Twitter - Tweet by @officialcharts
  6. Twitter - Tweet by @officialcharts
  7. Official Charts - Archive Chart - Week ending on April 5, 2014

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