Olivia Rodrigo is back with “Bad Idea, Right?”, the second single from her forthcoming sophomore album, GUTS. Listen to the song below.
Unlike “vampire,” the first single from GUTS (which was named Consequence’s Song of the Week), “Bad Idea, Right?” steps away from the more serious side of Rodrigo’s signature post-relationship analysis, and gives her a platform to have a bit of fun. The lyrics consider the pros and cons of hooking up with an ex, asking if it’s a bad idea, but ultimately declaring: “Fuck it, it’s fine.” All this, of course, scored by a rock-pop arrangement, with the kind of head-bopping, anthemic chorus you’d hope for from Rodrigo. “The song is pretty different from ‘vampire’” she told her fans in an email statement, adding that it “shows another side of GUTS that’s a little more fun and playful.”
“Bad Idea, Right?” also arrives with a new music video directed by Petra Collins, who previously directed videos for Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U,” “vampire,” and more. Watch the video below.
GUTS, as a whole, is due on September 8th via Geffen, and is Rodrigo’s first album since her 2021 debut, SOUR. She first announced the record in June, explaining that it was written when she was 19, a time that was “filled with lots of confusion, mistakes, awkwardness, and good old fashion teen angst.” Pre-orders for the record are ongoing.
What the other tracks on GUTS will sound like is anyone’s guess, but between the covers she played on the “SOUR Tour” and some stories she’s told in recent interviews, her love for the rock greats that came before her is evident. She’s performed with Billy Joel, covered Carly Simon, saw Depeche Mode and The Cure on their recent tours, and has even revealed that Bruce Springsteen is her “biggest celebrity crush.”