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Album: Love.Angel.Music.BabyReleased: 2004Charted:
The video seems to be set in high school, with Stefani playing a cheerleader (even though she was about 35 years old when this was released). In this context, a "Hollaback Girl" is probably one of the lesser cheerleaders who yells in the background. Gwen is asserting that she in one of the main cheerleaders who gets people's attention.
Stefani (from Rolling Stone, June 16, 2005): "I did the whole record, but I knew I didn't have my attitude song - my 'this is my history, f--k you because you can't erase it' song. I knew I wanted a song like that."
Stefani got the idea for the cheerleader theme when she recalled a comment Courtney Love said about her in an issue of Seventeen magazine: "Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She's the cheerleader, and I'm out in the smoker shed."
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo produced this track and wrote the song with Stefani. At the time, Williams and Hugo were active in their band N.E.R.D. and produced under the moniker The Neptunes. Their energetic hip-hop beats fueled tracks by Britney Spears ("I'm A Slave 4 U
"), Nelly ("Hot In Herre
") and many others.
This is the first song to sell one million legal downloads.
On the Family Guy
episode "Deep Throats," Brian watches a VH1 special on Gwen Stefani and says, "I don't know what a Hollaback Girl is, but I want her dead."
At the beginning of the video, Stefani says, "Get in really close. Aww, super kawaii" as she takes a picture of her backup dancers. "Kawaii" is a Japanese word for "cute." Stefani is a big fan of alternative Japanese popular culture, especially of the crazily dressed teenage girls from the area near Harajuku station in Tokyo.
Sebastian Bach of Skid Row played Gil, a guitarist in the fictional band Hep Alien, on the TV series Gilmore Girls. In the 2006 episode "Bridesmaids Revisited," he plays this song at a Bar Mitzvah.