Olivia Rodrigo: New Music From Olivia Rodrigo, Karol G, Trippie Redd and More
The fuzzy video, which looks straight out of the ’90s, opens at a house party where Rodrigo and her real-life best friends Tate McRae, Iris Apatow and Madison Hu are congregating in the bathroom. While wandering around the party, random attendees confirm to Rodrigo that it’s a “bad idea, right.” But she ignores them all, saying to herself: “Fuck it, it’s fine.” She then begins her journey to said ex’s place: hitchhiking on the back of a truck in the rain and getting splashed by a slushie on public transit until she finally arrives.
Two years ago, Olivia Rodrigo preceded her debut album with a spectacularly emotional ballad and a head-banging pop-punk anthem; both of those songs, “drivers license” and “good 4 u,” reached the top of the Hot 100, and Sour became a year-defining full-length.
started with us making a joke song about me hooking up with an ex-boyfriend, but then we realized we were actually onto something,” Rodrigo said in a statement about the track. “We were throwing the weirdest things at the wall — in one of choruses there’s a part that sounds like an instrument in the background, but it’s me gradually screaming louder and louder.
Haven’t heard from you in a couple of months/ But I’m out right now and I’m all f**ked up/ And you’re callin’ my phone and you’re all alone/ And I’m sensing some undertone,” Rodrigo sings in the clip as she’s seen crowdsurfing and riding in the back of a pickup truck at night in the rain. “Seeing you tonight — it’s a bad idea, right?
She explained that “‘Bad Idea, Right?’ started with us making a joke song about me hooking up with an ex-boyfriend, but then we realized we were actually onto something. We were throwing the weirdest things at the wall—in one of the choruses there’s a part that sounds like an instrument in the background, but it’s me gradually screaming louder and louder.
Were the person performing “bad idea right?” even slightly less committed to the bit, it likely wouldn’t have worked. But Rodrigo, a capital-P performer, barrels into the song with profound commitment to playing the role of sloppy main character.
Upon its release, Olivia took to Instagram to debut the app’s carousel music feature and celebrate her new track. “bad idea right? is out everywhere!!!! I had such a fun time making this song with @dan_nigro in nyc last year,” she wrote in her caption. “we wrote the chorus as a joke but we loved it so much we made it into a full fledged song lol!