Stuck Like Glue

Album: The Incredible Machine (2010)
Charted: 17
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • This is the first single from the country duo Sugarland's fourth studio album, The Incredible Machine. Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles wrote the song with Kevin Griffin and Shy Carter. "'Stuck Like Glue' definitely holds the crown of levity on the record," exclaimed Nettles. Explaining how the song came together, the female half of Sugarland told us: "It was one of the couple of songs that Kristian and I co-wrote with other writers on this record. Kevin actually approached us with the song, and we listened to it and thought, 'Yeah,' because he was thinking, 'This kind of sounds like the stuff that you guys do.' And we definitely wanted some levity on the record, and when we listened to it we thought, 'Yeah, yeah, I think this is a great direction.' And so we wrote the second verse, we wrote the bridge. And it ended up being such a moment of fun even during the shows – we play it in our live show, of course, now that it's on the radio. And it's really fun, you know? I love the reggae breakdown in it, and musically it's just a kick to sing it." (Check out our full interview with Jennifer Nettles.)
  • The song has some unexpected reggae beats in the middle. While Jennifer Nettles says the reggae break felt natural in the song, including it was also part of what she feels is Sugarland's goal of widening the audience for country music, as she's always trying to bring people into the genre. She told us regarding the reggae part: "That was mine and Kristian's contribution. We wrote that bridge, and we wanted to do a sort of a spoken word thing. I'm not a rapper, but I'm a singer, and so the reggae/dance hall style is much more melodic. It lends itself as a 'spoken word' to something that's more sing-songy. And so I was just attracted to it, and naturally leaned into that. And it ended up being a whole lot of fun."
  • In the song's music video, Nettles plays a crazy stalker, Kristian Bush is her henchman and actor Ryan McPartlin, who portrays Devon Woodcomb (aka "Captain Awesome") in the NBC series Chuck is the object of her affections. Nettles told The Boot that she likens her video persona to the Dolores Umbridge character from the 2007 film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She said: "Everything is all sweet and colorful [with] pinks and reds and puppies and unicorns and stuff, and yet she is crazy and deranged, which makes it even creepier. It was fun to play."
  • The song entered the Hot 100 at #20. This topped the previous best debut by a non-solo country act, The Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice," bowed at #28 in May 2006.
  • Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin co-penned this cut. The rocker has a previous association with Country music as Taylor Swift covered his band's 2005 album cut "Breathless" at the 2010 "Hope for Haiti" telethon. The ensuing digital sales enabled Swift's version to reach #72 on the Hot 100.
  • Bush explained the song's meaning in an interview with The Boot: "The song is about having fun; it's supposed to make you feel good. Sometimes you try to write a song that you want to change the world, and sometimes you write a song that you want to just change your day! This song is just supposed to change your day, but the fact that it has provoked conversation is OK! Art is supposed to be provocative. If it isn't, it belongs in an elevator."
  • This song came top of a list of the most-requested country dance club songs of 2010 released by dance venue marketing company Marco Club Connection. It was the seventh annual ranking of club hits, and the 2010 chart-topper marked the first time a female singer has finished at #1.
    Would you like to know the six previous dance club faves? They were:
    2004 Save a Horse, (Ride a Cowboy) by Big & Rich.
    2005 Honkytonk Badonkadonk by Trace Adkins.
    2006 Brand New Girlfriend by Steve Holy.
    2007 Firecracker by Josh Turner.
    2008 Good Time by Alan Jackson.
    2009 Toes by Zac Brown Band.
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments: 1

  • Laura from El Paso, TxThis song has a lot of energy. The video is hilarious!
see more comments

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Dave Alvin - "4th Of July"They're Playing My Song

When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice.

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian OrchestraSongwriter Interviews

Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.

Michael Sweet of StryperSongwriter Interviews

Find out how God and Glam Metal go together from the Stryper frontman.