BILLIE EILISH - BAD GUY

4/2/19
Billie Eilish - Bad Guy

One should judge a man mainly for his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.” - Klaus Kinski

What does it mean to be a villain? In his book on the subject, Chuck Klosterman surmised that a villain is the person who knows the most but cares the least.

On “bad guy” burgeoning pop superstar Billie Eilish positions herself as the villain. She doesn’t bother with any of that anti-hero nonsense that’s been the rage for the entire millenium (if not longer). She knows exactly who she is and what she’s doing. And she doesn’t give a fuck. 

Classic villain.

 

BILLIE EILISH - BAD GUY

Ms. Eilish’s villainous moves on this track include, but are not limited to:

* Threatening to seduce your dad

* Hanging out with your boyfriend alone and wearing his cologne

* Writing a song that will initially upset her mother

The last one, in particular, reminds you that Billie is only 17. Regardless of her age, this song couldn’t possibly whip more ass. It acts as an introduction to everyone late to the party, mixing together pop, punk, and electronica to create a style all her own. She makes nihilism sound good as hell.

Her brother Finneas O'Connell* assisted with the production, and while the beat is a woozy ever fluctuating swamp of bass and reverb, what makes the song is the combination of swagger and deadpan Eilish brings to the mix. 

There’s sure to be some well-doers out there who wonder why someone so young would revel in being evil, to which I say ‘Shut up mom, it’s a good song’.

“bad guy” is one of the many stand out cuts off Billie Eilish’s debut record When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which dropped this past Friday. 

She’ll be playing both weekends at Coachella this year, afterwards she’ll be touring the entire planet (or thereabouts). Check out her official site for more info.

* Dude is a damn good artist in his own right.