This feel-good dance-punk anthem about cutting loose and getting wild is the theme song for the 2003 movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. But it didn't start out that way - it didn't even start out with Pink. The song was written by Beck and English producer William Orbit in 2002 and was requested for the soundtrack but Beck declined. When Pink heard his demo, however, she asked to record it herself for the movie. She also included it as the first single from her third studio album, Try This.
Pink also made a cameo appearance in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle in a motocross scene that also featured her future husband (and real-life motocross star), Carey Hart.
This was originally titled "Real Good."
This is built on the melody from Spirit's 1968 psychedelic-rock tune "Fresh-Garbage." As a result, the Spirit's Jay Ferguson, who wrote "Fresh-Garbage" for the band's debut album, received a songwriting credit alongside Beck and Orbit.
This isn't the only song that Beck and Pink have in common. In 2019, the pair co-wrote "We Could Have It All" for Pink's album Hurts 2B Human.
In 2004, this was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals but lost to "Whenever I Say Your Name
" by Sting and Mary J. Blige.
Most of Try This was co-written and produced by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, who provided the punk edge that Pink was looking for after her pop-rock breakthrough, Missundaztood. With 1 million copies sold in the US, it wasn't nearly as commercially successful as its 5 million-selling predecessor.
Pink's frequent collaborator Dave Meyers directed the music video on the set of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. For the clip, Meyers envisioned Pink as the fourth Angel who's on her own secret mission. Sporting a blond mullet, she's shown hitting beach with her surfboard and dodging explosions from land mines. She also faces off against a martial artist who swipes her wig (an homage to Crispin Glover's obsession with Drew Barrymore's hair in the film) and wreaks havoc at a motocross event.