This was the lead single from the American Pop-Punk band's third album, Hot Mess.
This song was produced by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. The busy songwriter/producer only could spare a couple of hours to spend with the band in the studio. This upset Cobra frontman Gabe Saporta, and he told MTV News that he gave her a "stinky beat" and popped off a list of foul-mouthed song titles. However DioGuardi didn't flinch, which impressed the singer and within fifteen minutes they had recorded the song.
This song features guest vocals from Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester. Saporta is a fan of both the actress and the drama series. He explained to MTV News how the collaboration came about: "A couple months ago, I heard a rumor that Leighton was working on a record, and I went to sleep that night dreaming of what it would be like to do a song with her. Next morning (afternoon, actually) I wake up to find out my dreams are coming true! Some people made phone calls to some other people, then, shazam! I'm on a plane to LA to record with my boo." Saporta added: "Leighton is already quite adept at portraying a princess with a nasty side - now she's just gotta sing about it. If all the world's a stage, we should all be so lucky to play Gossip Girl characters."
Saporta told MTV News that he thought this song "would be perfect for Leighton because it's already kind of her character in Gossip Girl, like the perfect girl with the bad streak."
Once Saporta sent her this song, Meester took an immediate liking to it. She told MTV news: "I thought, 'I need to get on that!' It totally is my sound too. Really fun to dance to it. Very edgy and cool."
DioGuardi discussed songwriting in an article she wrote for Billboard Magazine. She said regarding the penning of this song: "Co-writing should be a great game of tennis. You want to be in the room with people who are better than you, always, so you learn. This may lead to unlikely collaborations, which can be the best. When I worked with Cobra Starship, they were a cool indie band and I was like a cheesy pop songwriter. In the beginning, [Gabe Saporta] couldn't get his head around it. And he was almost making fun of me, and I was like, 'OK, man. Yeah, you want to bring it on? Check this out.' And we wrote 'Good Girls Go Bad.'"
Leighton Meester appeared in the Kai Regan-directed music video as an undercover cop who helps expose an illegal underground club beneath a deli. Part of the clip was shot at a real deli in the Lower East Side of New York City, while the party scenes were filmed at a nearby club.