5 Seconds of Summer’s Ghostbusters clip for “Girls Talk Boys” puts the 5SOS clan in the shoes of the film’s famed phantasm fighters. The new music video from the popular Australian band for their Ghostbusters soundtrack song premiered on Friday and already has over 2 million views on YouTube. “Girls Talk Boys,” the song itself, previously debuted as a single on July 15, the same day as the movie Ghostbusters and its accompanying soundtrack’s release. Watch the video below!
As reported by The Verge, 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ghostbusters-themed vid presents a campy version of the fabled franchise’s spectral soldiers. 5 Seconds of Summer singer Luke Hemmings, guitarist Michael Clifford, bassist Calum Hood, and drummer Ashton Irwin all don the requisite apparition-repellent gear while belting their pubescent ode to schoolroom boy-girl gossip. “Girls Talk Boys” peaked at No. 16 on iTunes’ U.S. top songs chart last week.
The 5SOS song was helmed by producer Ricky Reed, a popular hitmaker responsible for recent earworms from the likes of Meghan Trainor and Twenty One Pilots. In an interview with Billboard, the producer described the initial writing sessions for “Girls Talk Boys.”
While composing 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ghostbusters ditty, the musician hooked up with other songwriters like Teddy Geiger, a co-writer on One Direction’s “Little Black Dress.”
“The idea for the song came together in a jam session with me and a couple of other songwriters out in Palm Springs about a year and a half ago: myself, a writer named John Ryan, another writer named Teddy Geiger.”
Meanwhile, the members of 5 Seconds of Summer intend to prove to the world that they’re the real deal. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Irwin commented on the popular perception of 5 Seconds of Summer as a “boy band,” indicating that they spend much of their time arguing otherwise.
Besides 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ghostbusters affair of ’80s pop nostalgia, Irwin contends that 5SOS fancy themselves as kin to some well-respected, ’60s-born bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
“Seventy-five percent of our lives is proving we’re a real band.” […] “We’re getting good at it now. We don’t want to just be, like, for girls. We want to be for everyone. That’s the great mission that we have. I’m already seeing a few male fans start to pop up, and that’s cool. If the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and all those guys can do it, we can do it, too.”
The gentlemen of 5 Seconds of Summer have much to prove if they aspire to be considered in the same league as those forenamed bands. While the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were both initially served “boy band” levels of adoring female fans, the two aforementioned rock groups usually penned their own songs. While 5 Seconds of Summer’s selections are often co-written by the group, the compositions seemingly start with a team of professional songwriters as described above by Reed.
While its namesake film has currently raked in over 75 million at the box office, 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ghostbusters jam isn’t the only tune fortifying the movie’s official soundtrack. The audio companion to the motion picture also includes Ray Parker, Jr.’s original “Ghostbusters” theme as well as “Party Up (Up in Here)” by rapper DMX, Zayn Malik’s post-One Direction contribution, “wHo,” and the collaborative “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” from Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliott.
5 Seconds of Summer is currently on a massive North American tour — they’ll perform all across the States in the summertime before winding up in Mexico and their native Australia later on this fall. 5 Seconds of Summer perform tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 27 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan and on Friday, July 29 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.
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