Savage Good Boy

Album: Jubilee (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • Japanese Breakfast is the musical project of the Korean-American experimental pop musician Michelle Zauner. "Savage Good Boy" is a single taken from her third album, Jubilee.
  • "Savage Good Boy" came from a headline Zauner read about billionaires buying up bunkers. She adopts the perspective of a rich man coaxing a young woman to come live with him underground as the world burns around them. "I wanted to capture what that level of self-validation looks like," she told Apple Music. "That rationalization of hoarding wealth."
  • When everybody's gone
    Want you to be the one that I come home to
    The one that's up waiting


    According to an interview with Nylon, the song is a "fizzy ode" to Zauner's husband and bandmate, Peter Bradley.
  • Zauner directed the artful music video herself, which stars The Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli. It continues the narrative of the previous Jubilee single, "Posing In Bondage." Speaking in a video about Imperioli's character, Zauner said: "I was interested in exploring this perspective of a billionaire who has rationalized this hoarding of wealth on such a high level... Shows like The Sopranos have inspired me so much, because I think what makes villainy really menacing is you can see parts of yourself in a villain. They're human, they're parts of being human that are exacerbated to lean towards a certain way."

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