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"Funhouse"
Funhouse
Single by P!nk
from the album Funhouse
B-side
"Funhouse" (Digital Dog Remix)
Released
August 25, 2009
Recorded
2008
Genre
Pop rock
Length
3:24
Label
LaFace, Zomba
Writer(s)
P!nk, Tony Kanal, Jimmy Harry
Producer(s)
Tony Kanal, Jimmy Harry
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"Funhouse" is the fifth single from American singer-songwriter P!nk's studio album of the same name. The track was written by P!nk, Jimmy Harry, and Tony Kanal, while production was handled by the latter two. It holds the title of the album and, like most of the album's tracks, addresses P!nk's split with husband Carey Hart. P!nk performed the song on September 16, 2009 on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! concert stage.

"Funhouse" marks the first time that the title track from a P!nk album was released as a single. 

Background Edit

Prior to the album's release, P!nk explained the song's meaning on her official website: "It’s about when the box you’re in doesn’t fit anymore, burn that fucker down and start a new one. This was the first song I did with Tony Kanal of No Doubt and his writing partner Jimmy Harry. I fell in love with working with them. We wrote fun fucking songs together. We did 'Funhouse' and 'Sober.'"[1]

Speaking with The Los Angeles Times about the writing of the track, P!nk revealed:

That was dark. I hadn’t been at my house in a really long time since Carey and I had broken up. I had to go there one night and I had to crawl through the doggy door because I didn’t have a key. Just walking through the halls, it was like a museum. It was just crazy. I went to the studio the next day and told Tony Kanal from No Doubt, and he was like, 'That's a song.'[2]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Critical reception of "Funhouse" was generally positive, with the song being regarded as one of the musical and lyrical highlights of the album. There's More Where That Came From gave the song an A- stating, "'Funhouse' has the energy of 'So What' but surpasses it half-way through, when the song breaks into true rocker mode. Something we haven’t seen from P!nk since 'Trouble' back in 2003!" Billboard also gave the song a very positive review, saying "P!nk again displays her versatility on this complex number, which calls for blues, funk and rock vocal stylings that few other pop stars could pull off. The singer delivers with full force, colliding with lively guitar licks and hints of synth" and giving it a 81% approval.

Chart performanceEdit

"Funhouse" became P!nk's 16th Top 10 single in Australia, climbing to a chart peak of number six on August 2, 2009. The song also became P!nk's 5th consecutive #1 single on the Australian Airplay Chart, with all 4 previous singles from Funhouse peaking at #1 too. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 18 on August 3, 2009, becoming P!nk's fifth consecutive top twenty hit from the Funhouse album. It has since peaked at number 15. It also made its chart debut on the Turkey Top 20 Chart at number twenty-five. "Funhouse" first appeared on the UK Singles Chart on July 5, 2009 at number 155. It climbed 30 spots to 125 a week later. It currently peaks at twenty-nine. Also in the UK, the song has been added to the B List of the Radio 1 Playlist. It is expected to climb in the following weeks due to the physical release of the single. In the week of 4 August 2009, "Funhouse" debuted at the Dutch Top 40 at number 31, making this her 19th entry on the chart. "Funhouse" debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at #80 and has risen to a peak of #21. The song was released on August 25, 2009 in the United States, and on the week ending October 3, the song debuted at number 23 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. The following week, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97 and peaked at #44.

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers and premiered on June 20, 2009 in the United Kingdom on 4music at 11:00am. Tony Kanal of No Doubt, also the co-writer and the producer of the song, appears in a cameo, playing a piano. The video takes place in a barren lot that is later shown to be what's left of a house that is still burning. There are 'evil clowns' throughout the area who are picking though the rubble and playing the instruments as the band. The video begins as it pans low to the ground showing an "Elvis" grave briefly. P!nk emerges from an old empty pool and begins to sing the first verse. She proceeds to kick over a toilet and picks up a framed photo. She throws it behind her. She passes a toaster and now it shows that she is in a burning fun house. She dances past a few 'evil clowns'. It shows more of the burning remains of the building. She picks up a stick and throws it down. Then an 'evil clown' turns around and the camera has a close up of its face. She counts down from 9. (She quickly shows her middle finger on '5' but on most versions of the video that is blurred out.) She moves to a table and takes a sip of some red liquid but becomes disgusted and throws it down. She jumps onto a mattress attached to a chain which two 'evil clowns' are pulling. She gets off the mattress and climbs onto the burning fun house. It shows four 'evil clowns' (Two are miming with each other, one is playing the guitar and the last is just standing on its own.) She goes over to the guitar playing clown and dances with it. She proceeds to count down from 9 again. She climbs through a doggie door to find Tony Kanal playing the piano. P!nk moves to a motorcycle and puts on sunglasses and a leather jacket. In the background a voice is counting down from 9. At one she rides away on the motorcycle as the house explodes. It then shows her riding her motorcycle on a road as the song ends.

The Funhouse Freakshow EditionEdit

As a part of the Funhouse Freakshow, alternate videos for "Funhouse," along with "Please Don't Leave Me" and "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)," were shot.

The video for "Funhouse," directed by Cole Walliser, shows P!nk singing onstage along with a band consisting of clowns and the staff of a circus. She wears the same outfit that appears on the cover of "Glitter in the Air". The video is entirely shot in black and white, and it's the only one, among the Funhouse Freakshow videos where P!nk lip-syncs the words of the song. The video appears on the bonus DVD accompanying the deluxe edition of P!nk's compilation album, Greatest Hits... So Far!!!.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Funhouse" (Album version) - 3:24
  2. "Funhouse" (Digital Dog Remix) - 5:57

LyricsEdit

I dance around this empty house
Tear us down
Throw you out
Screaming down the halls
Spinning all around and now we fall

Pictures framing up the past
Your taunting smirk behind the glass
This museum full of ash
Once a tickle
Now a rash

This used to be a funhouse
But now it's full of evil clowns
It's time to start the countdown
I'm gonna burn it down down down
I'm gonna burn it down

9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, fun

Echoes knocking on locked doors
All the laughter from before
I'd rather live out on the street
Than in this haunted memory

I've called the movers
Called the maids
We'll try to exorcise this place
Drag my mattress to the yard
Crumble tumble house of cards

This used to be a funhouse
But now it's full of evil clowns
It's time to start the countdown
I'm gonna burn it down down down

This used to be a funhouse
But now it's full of evil clowns
It's time to start the countdown
I'm gonna burn it down down down
I'm gonna burn it down

9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, fun

Oh, I'm crawling through the doggy door
My key don't fit my lock no more
I'll change the drapes
I'll break the plates
I'll find a new place
Burn this fucker down

Do do do do dodo do
Do do do do dodo do
Do do do do dodo do
Do do do do dadadada
Do do do do dodo do (9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
Do do do do dodo do
Do do do do dodo do
Do do do do dodo doo

This used to be a funhouse
But now it's full of evil clowns
It's time to start the countdown
I'm gonna burn it down down down

This used to be a funhouse
But now it's full of evil clowns
It's time to start the countdown
I'm gonna burn it down down down
I'm gonna burn it down

Charts Edit

Weekly charts Edit

Chart (2009–11) Peak position
Australian Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles chart 7
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 22
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 39
Canadian Hot 100 21
Danish Singles Chart 32
Dutch Mega Single Top 100 54
European Hot 100 38
French Digital Singles Chart 32
German Singles Chart 16
Hungarian Airplay Chart  6
Hungarian Singles Chart  6
Irish Singles Chart 26
New Zealand Singles Chart 15
Polish Airplay Chart 3
Scottish Singles Chart 9
Swedish Singles Chart 13
Swiss Singles Chart 8
Turkey Top 20 Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 29
US Billboard Hot 100 44
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 22

Year-end charts Edit

Chart (2009) Position
Australian Singles Chart 52
German Singles Chart 82
Hungarian Airplay Chart 57
Chart (2010) Position
Hungarian Airplay Chart 51

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) Gold 35,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history Edit

Country Date
United Kingdom August 3, 2009
Australia August 7, 2009
Germany August 14, 2009
Italy August 15, 2009
United States August 25, 2009

References Edit

  1. P!nk's Biography NEW! | The Official Pink Site
  2. Pink breaks down her back catalog - latimes

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