Rina Sawayama - Bad Friend
We ran through the bright Tokyo lights, nothing to lose
Summer of 2012, burnt in my mind
Hot, crazy, and drunk, five in a room
Singing our hearts out to Carly, sweat in our eyes
Throwing drinks at each other
Making fun of our lovers
Getting kicked out on the street, oh
We were best friends forever, but the truth is
I'm so good at crashing in
Making sparks and shit, but then
I'm a bad, I'm a bad, I'm a bad friend
So don't ask me where I've been
Been avoiding everything
'Cause I'm a bad, I'm a bad, I'm a bad friend
I'm a bad friend, yeah
Guess we fell out, what was that all about?
Maybe I overreacted, well, maybe you shouldn't have...
God, it's insane how things can change like that
Don't even know where you are
What you do and who you do it with
According to a Pitchfork article, Rina wrote the heart-tugging highlight “Bad Friend” after checking Facebook for the first time in a while and seeing that a formerly close friend had a new baby. The track details a trip they took to Tokyo in 2012, when they got drunk and danced naked to Carly Rae Jepsen in a karaoke booth. It was ultimately produced by Kyle Shearer, whose resume includes work with Carly Rae Jepsen—‘which is wild,’ Rina says, shaking her head. ‘Just what are the fucking chances?’ The song was premiered as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record in the World on April 15, 2020.