Laura Bell Bundy is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, including the original Amber in Hairspray
and the original Elle Woods in Legally Blonde - The Musical
. After signing to Mercury Records Nashville she released this up-tempo song as her debut Country music single. In our interview with Laura Bell Bundy
, she explained: "'Giddy On Up' was one of the first songs that I wrote within the first week that I was in Nashville. Beginner's luck. I had said to (co-writer) Mike Shimshack in the beginning, 'Amy Winehouse takes a throwback '60s and then makes it pop again. I want to do throwback country and then make it more contemporary.' And he said, 'Put horns in it.' And this was 'Giddy On Up,' and I was like, 'I love this! I love this funk music.' And so he did the track for 'Giddy On Up.' Jeff Cohen had figured out, 'love, love, you let me down,' that chorus. And I came in and was doing the verses, and Jeff and I together came up with 'giddy on up and giddy on out,' and we were like jumping around in his living room. We started laughing and we knew it would be cheesy. We were like, Is this too cheesy? But it's funny! It's hilarious."
Achin' and Shakin' is a concept album, with the first six songs representing "Achin'" side and the last six the "Shakin'" side of Bundy's personality. Releasing a concept album is a risky move, but Bundy felt very strongly about it. She told us: "My dad's from Muscle Shoals, and my mom is from Kentucky, so my music interests are almost split down the middle between my parents and where they're from. So I'm writing all these slow songs, but I have written in the meantime two up-tempos, one of which was 'Giddy On Up.' So I came in and I played these slower mid-tempo songs for my producer on several occasions. And he wanted to hear something more up-tempo. So then I said, 'Well, I've got this other song, and I'm really not supposed to play it for you yet, because the guy I wrote it with is also a producer, and he really wanted to put background vocals on it and we haven't had a chance to.' But literally everything else on the track of 'Giddy On Up' was done. The track you hear on the record and on the radio is a demo. People do not know that. I've never told anybody that.
So I played him that song and he was freaking out, 'This is your crazy personality, this is your crazy side. This is different, this is fresh. I need more like this.' And then he's like, 'But I really like the slow side.' And then Jason Owen who works at the label, he had mentioned to me a long time ago, 'You've got two different sides of your personality. You have this loner, kind of vulnerable drinking moody side. And then you have this kind of wild, crazy personality, and I see you doing both.' And I said, 'Why can't we do both?' Originally my idea was to put six songs on each CD, instead of putting it all on one. But that was too expensive. (laughs) So I wanted to make the CD look like a record to give you the idea that half the record was the slow side. And there was some push-back from other people at the label. I think my management might have thought that it was really risky for a new major label artist to come out with a record that was like this. But I was like, 'This makes sense. I listen to music depending on what mood I'm in and I make playlists,' and then we got in this whole long conversation about Frank Sinatra releasing ten albums in a year, and they were all the different moods.
So I started writing more of the up-tempos. And then we started demoing the up-tempos. And we ended up using those demos as the full record. So for four out of the six on the Shakin' side, those were demos. They were upgraded. And it's just wild how it ended up coming together. But I finally committed to the idea. And even in the end, people were like, 'Don't you think you might need something in the middle?' And I wanted to slap whoever said that upside the head. The point is that it's two completely different sides. Sometimes you're in the mood to listen to slow stuff that makes you want to cry or drink or you want to have a dinner party or go to a coffee shop or whatever. And sometimes all you want to do is dance to a fast song or drive to a fast song or run. I tested the album for running – very good. The Achin' part is not good for running, it's good for hiking, though.
And we knew it was risky. And we knew we needed to show both sides. The thing is, 'Giddy On Up' has had all this crazy response to the video, and people want to see me shaking. So we did the 'Drop On By' video, and we put it out there, because this is the other side of the record. We need you to know that this is the other side of the record and not expect that this entire record is the Shakin' side."