Martin claims this song is not about sex. The title is a play on the big bang theory - it is a metaphor for the universe. This became much more apparent when Martin came out as gay in 2010.
This was written and produced by Desmond Child, who has written hits for many groups, including Bon Jovi, Cher, and Aerosmith. Child also wrote Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca
." In our interview with Desmond
, he said of working with Martin, "I brought all of my experience with Aerosmith and Bon Jovi and Kiss, Alice Cooper and Joan Jett, to the table creating arena rock songs with a Latin flavor."
Martin recorded this in Miami between breaks on his year 2000 US tour.
This was the first single from Martin's second English-language album.
In 2004, a contestant named William Hung sang this on the TV show American Idol. It was a comically bad performance, and he was berated and mocked by the judges. After the show, however, Hung became a minor celebrity as fan clubs and websites emerged in his honor. He became very popular at the University of California in Berkeley, where he was a student.
The song's music video became an MTV hit, receiving heavy rotation on the channel.
Before he became famous as an actor in films such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Dear John, Channing Tatum appeared in the clip as a dancer in the background. He recalled to MTV News in 2010: "It was one of those [things] we did it in, like, a weekend. It was crazy three days at the Atlantis resort. It was like, 500 girls and four guys. It was insane. My life wasn't so bad."
When third season American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo was in 7th grade she met song-writer Desmond Child through a friend of a friend. She told Billboard magazine about the meeting.: "We went to his huge house in Miami and I didn't really understand who he was. Now I understand that he has written for Bon Jovi and Ricky Martin and so many great artists. He gave me songs to listen to and some of the stuff I was never able to work on. Some of those were too adult, but now his songs work for me because I'm a little bit older now.
He's very into signs, like if you're an Aquarius or Pisces and he always talked to me about being a Gemini and he said, 'I bet you have a bad side.' I told him, 'Personally, I've never seen a bad side of me.'
He loved to talk to me about my sign and after he'd come out of one of his writing sessions, he told me, 'We just wrote this great hit for Ricky Martin and we put in a line about you. When you hear it, you'll definitely know it was about you.'
I completely forgot about it, but four months later, I'm in my car with my mom and all of a sudden, I hear, 'This is Ricky Martin's new song, "She Bangs'!"' And it's like, 'She bangs, she bangs,' and then it goes, 'She switches sides like a Gemini,' and I said, 'Mom, that was about me!'"