Musta Had a Good Time

Album: Feels Like Carolina (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Parmalee paid their dues before releasing their debut major label album Feels Like Carolina. This party anthem was written during harder times while temporarily living in an R.V. in the parking lot of a Nashville motel during the city's 2010 flood. It was released as their first single after signing with Stoney Creek Records and peaked at #42 on the Country chart.
  • Lead vocalist Matt Thomas explained the song's meaning to The Boot: "'Musta Had a Good Time' describes that one epic party that all of us have either been to - or hope to go to - at some point in our lives," he said. "It's that one party that becomes a legend in a small town. The response that we get from fans when we play this song live is crazy - the fans know all the words and everyone's dancing, and it becomes a party on stage and in the crowd. We're finding out that there's a lot of people out there who really like to have a good time."
  • Matt Thomas told Radio.com why they penned this good-natured party song: "We're at a point in our lives where we just want everyone to have a good time," he said. "We want to write happy, fun songs and I want to smile when I'm singing a song."
  • The song's music video was directed by Wes Edwards (Jason Aldean, Thompson Square) and was intended to portray the monumental party in the song, but the bash they filmed went further than they anticipated. "We shot the video at this big house near Music Row (in Nashville) with a huge swimming pool and big, crazy deck," Matt Thomas told The Boot. "There were a million things going on at once, from miniature horses running around, to stunt bikers jumping in the pool, to people dancing in a foam pit."

    "It was pretty overwhelming. You couldn't look anywhere and not see something totally ridiculous," added guitarist Josh McSwain, laughing. "The video shoot was only supposed to look like the party described in the song, but at some point the shoot actually became the party. We even got kicked out of the house we were shooting in!"

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