Well, I know you can't work in fast food all your life But don't sign that paper tonight, She said, but it's too late.
Reception Sell Out was released in and gained the band a distinct amount of attention, becoming a minor hit in that year. It received regular radio airplay in America and competed favourably on the charts in the UK, consequently, the video see below soon gained regular rotation on MTV, much to the surprise of Reel Big Fish bassist, Matt Wong. The song also appeared on the season three finale of My Name Is Earl.
Video A video clip was released some time later, which starts out as a soap opera parody called "As the Fish Turns" featuring the members of the band working at a roadside fast food outlet conforming to the lyrics , complete with Matt Wong as the mascot in a giant French Fries outfit. They are recruited by a man played by their agent into the world of music at Mojo Records.
They compete against several other types of bands, such as 'Rap', 'Rock' and 'Metal' for the rights to a contract the band members themselves wear jackets emblazoned with the words 'Ska Band' , but Matt must be pulled out of his costume.
In the end, the people trying to extract him resort to dynamite, which he tosses away and runs for his life. The building explodes, and the last scene shows Matt back at the fast food outlet. The film clip references the popular Star Wars movies in that their agent's car makes a TIE fighter noise as it drives.
Also, Goldfinger , a band known to tour with Reel Big Fish, appear briefly in the clip throwing the group menacing looks. Matt has stated that, upon first seeing the music video on MTV , he had not expected it and the sandwich he was eating fell out of his mouth in astonishment; he was then unable to talk to anyone about his response as the other band members were all at work.
It was the band's only single to ever make the US charts. This song has become a sort of running joke amongst the band members and fan base. In , the best-of album Greatest Hit The band, in particular frontman Aaron Barrett , have experienced frustration trying to one-up the song.
In an interview, Barrett was asked if he felt that "Sell Out" was the band's biggest accomplishment and everything else was downhill. He responded that "Sometimes you feel like that, like your band is around for a long time and you wonder if you're going to get bigger. You wonder if radio will ever play you again, or if you're ever going to have a hit bigger than the novelty song you had in the 90s. You're thirty, make a living playing music, and can't do anything else.
There is a lot to worry about. Barrett instead credits that to another song originally from Everything Sucks and re-recorded for Turn the Radio Off , " Beer ", a song which, the band asserts, did not receive the same amount of media attention as "Sell Out" because of its suggestiveness. At the beginning of the song, when the Commander tells the kids, "it's time to sing that song we learned today", the children all shout in unison, "Sell Out!
This song also plays during Philadelphia Flyers home games at the Wells Fargo Center while Public Address Announcer Lou Nolan , announces the attendance, except for the rare occasions where the attendance is not a sellout.
In the Beijing Olympics, the song was used in-between plays of beach volleyball.
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Reception Sell Out was released in and gained the band a distinct amount of attention, becoming a minor hit in that year.