The hit song might be legally old enough to drink now, but "Goodbye Earl" will always be our baby.
The year 2000 may have been the beginning of a new millennium, but most importantly, it was the year of "Goodbye Earl." Murder ballads have been around for centuries, but the murder bop? We've got the (formerly Dixie) Chicks to thank for that.
Behind every great murder bop is a great music video, and the "Goodbye Earl" music video reigns absolutely supreme. "Goodbye Earl" treads the fine line between the delicate subject of domestic violence and the, well, absolute glee of getting rid of Certifiably Terrible Person, Earl, with handclaps, "nah-nah-nah-nah"s, town singalongs, and all.
(The song and video make a convincing enough case for murdering your abusive spouse with your best friend that the album's liner notes read: "The Dixie Chicks do not advocate premeditated murder, but do love getting even.")
"Goodbye Earl" is everything you could hope for from the era of cheesing, delightful, bad music videos. The video, starring Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame, plays out the story of best friends Wanda and Mary Ann and makes mariticide look kinda fun! (Again, like the Chicks, Our Community Now does not advocate premeditated [or unpremeditated] murder, but does love a good Chicks song.) The Chicks show up on every scene unnoticed by the characters, like the Ghosts of "#13 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks" Past. As Natalie Maines belts out lines like "Earl walked right through that restraining order" and "Earl had to die," Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer flank her and ... nod. Kind of scary! Earl better watch out!
In conclusion, Natalie Maines wears a bandana top! Jane Krakowski's shirt has a paw print carefully designed over each boob! The Chicks slap their asses when they sing “Tennessee ham,” which is Plato’s ideal choreography!
Although we laugh along with this video, abuse is no laughing matter. If you're in an abusive relationship, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at www.thehotline.org or call 1.800.799.SAFE, TTY 1.800.787.3224.
What's your favorite moment in "Goodbye Earl"? Let us know in the comments.