Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time

Album: Death Of A Bachelor (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • Brendon Urie wrote and recorded the Death Of A Bachelor record after getting married to Sarah Orzechowski in 2013. The Panic! frontman penned it as a loose concept album celebrating the end of his hedonistic single life. This song finds him stumbling around, blurry-eyed and hungover the morning after a wild party.
  • The song finds Urie boasting of "champagne, cocaine, gasoline - and most things in between." Asked by the NME what his most excessive moment has been, the Panic! frontman replied: "I'm still in excess mode! It never died off. When I was younger, I thought once I hit 25 I'd slow down. Nope! Now I just know exactly how to party and how much I can drink before I throw up.

    It's all autobiographical. Champagne, cocaine and gasoline... I'd get drunk, do a couple of bumps in the past and then I was setting s--t on fire - whatever I could get my hands on that wasn't a living thing."
  • This samples the rock riff from The B-52s 1979 hit "Rock Lobster." Brendon Urie explained to Radio.com: "When I was a kid, the first time I heard B-52s, I was like, this is a party. Every video was them partying with people. That song encapsulated a party to me.

    I had that sample as a placeholder, not thinking I'd be able to use it or get publishing rights to it in any way and finally they had heard it through my management and they said, 'Yeah, that's cool, you can use it.' That was amazing because I had plans to replace it."
  • Brendon Urie explained that he wanted to sing about parties he'd actually experienced. "I wanted to write a party song just strictly about parties that I've been to, things I've seen… how crazy that's been," he said. "You can't threaten me with a good time. If you think I'm going to be scared of insanity at a party then you thought wrong 'cause I'm in. I'm one hundred percent in."
  • The Tim Hendrix-directed video finds Brendon Urie hitting on a girl at a bar. All seems to be going well, until he notices a huge tentacle hanging off her body.

    Urie credits the director with the clip's unique story. "We talked about doing a video for 'Good Time' and I wanted to go literal with the lyrics, I wanted to wear high heels and all this other stuff, and then this guy came to me with this crazy tentacle porn idea," Urie told Billboard magazine. "I was like, 'I'm in, that's super weird.' That was all the director, Tim Hendrix, he's awesome. He's a really talented kid and I'm glad he did that cause I would've never come up with that concept."
  • Twelve different writers are credited on this track, including the five members of The B-52s who wrote "Rock Lobster," which this samples. Along with Brendon Urie and his producer, Jake Sinclair, the other writers are Amir Salem, Carl Lehmann, JR Rotem, Teal Douville and Jerker Hansson.

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