First Hit #1: May 5, 2007
Avril Lavigne’s incredibly juvenile Girlfriend sounds like high school. Cheerleader-influenced chorus, lyrics that amount to a bunch of mean girl nonsense, a certain deranged obsession that I associate with some of the more unhinged girls I knew in my teenage years. I’m not sure how intentional this was, but this song is kind of a horror story of a track, but told from the villain’s perspective. She’s obsessive, she’s dangerous, she seems like she could only lead to woe and sadness for the poor man of the song. I mean, it does have the line about it being better if the man’s girlfriend disappears, which is generally code for murder, so it’s clear that we’re working with a highly delusional and somewhat dangerous woman here. The argument could definitely be made that Lavigne is aware of the more psychotic interpretation of the song, it’s not meant to be taken that seriously anyway, but it’s still the kind of stuff I’ve been glad I don’t have to deal with having been away from high school for many years now.
The other problem with the song is that it’s repetitive and annoying, but that’s generally the case for 2007.