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"Crazy for U" is a song by Big Time Rush. Kendall Schmidt co-wrote it with Damon Sharpe, Jeremy Skaller, and Rob Larow in June 2011, during sessions for the group's second album, Elevate. An upbeat, acoustic ballad about going "crazy" with infatuation for someone, the band took a particular liking to the track, which they described as having a "rasta feel".[2] After the song was left an outtake, they held onto it and pushed to re-use it for future projects, eventually including it on their third studio album, 24/seven (2013).

It was featured in the eleventh episode of Big Time Rush's fourth season, "Big Time Tour Bus", and was performed on the 2013 Summer Break Tour.

Background[]

"Crazy for U" was written and recorded in June 2011, over multiple sessions at Paramount Studios.[3][4][1] Kendall Schmidt penned the lyrics and melodies with regular producer Damon Sharpe, as well as producers Jeremy Skaller and Robert Larow of Orange Factory Music. The rest of the band recorded vocals later in the month with Sharpe, at Central Command Studios.[5][1]

Schmidt said there were "a lot of things that inspired the song", including BTR's fans.[2] Lyrically, the song describes infatuation, playfully likening it to being "crazy" or out of one's mind.

Release and television[]

"Crazy for U" was narrowly cut from the band's second album, Elevate. While Carlos PenaVega said they were "going to put it on," he explained the track was ultimately left off in favor of others.[6] However, the band held onto the track and frequently discussed re-purposing it for another project. Speaking to Popstar Magazine days after finalizing the album tracklist, Schmidt indirectly mentioned a “third song” he had written in addition to "Cover Girl" and "You're Not Alone", saying he hoped to release it the following summer.[7]

CrazyForU

Tracklist reveal

The song ultimately found "the right home" on the group's third album, 24/seven.[6] After debuting a live performance in April 2013, the band announced the song would be on the band's third album, saying "we're so happy we get to play it for you guys."[8] The song was formally confirmed via a Twitter image reveal in late April.[9]

During "Big Time Tour Bus", the boys are trapped in a heavy traffic jam while on their way to San Diego to perform with Victoria Justice, the star of Victorious. To kill the time, they perform the song to show what they do while they are going on tours.

Live performances[]

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BTR performing at The Grove.

In live performances, "Crazy for U" has typically been performed acoustically. The band debuted it for the first time on April 15, 2013 at The Grove in Los Angeles, during a live appearance on Extra.[8][citation needed] They later played the song on the Summer Break Tour, including it as part of a dedicated acoustic section. On July 9, 2013, ahead of the Charlotte, NC tour stop, the group appeared on the show Charlotte Today with a live acoustic performance.[10]

Credits and personnel[]

Credits transcribed from the liner notes of 24/seven.[1]

  • Written by Damon Sharpe, Jeremy Skaller, Kendall Schmidt, Robert Larow
  • Published by EMI April Music, Inc. o/b/o itself and Damon Sharpe Music (ASCAP) / Primary Wave Skaller o/b/o itself and Chubby Kid Music (ASCAP) / Tunes By Nickelodeon, Inc., admin. by Sony/ATV Harmony (ASCAP) / Orange Factory Music (ASCAP)
  • Produced by OFM
  • Co-Produced by Damon Sharpe
  • Recorded by Jeremy Skaller and Damon Sharpe at Paramount Studios & Central Command Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mixed by Sean Phelan at Orange Factory Studios (Los Angeles, CA)

Lyrics[]

Lyrics partly adapted from official "Big Time Tour Bus" subtitles:

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I see you looking at the magazines
Watching girls on the MTV
But they don't even look half as good to me
Hey, yeah
A ponytail and a pair of sweats
You still look like a perfect ten
Baby you could wear anything
No matter what you do
You look beautiful

CHORUS:
How else can I say it
I feel like a broken record
I think I'm crazy and it's true
I'm crazy for you
Yeah, that's right I said it
Girl, you're my perfect ten yeah
You think I'm crazy and it's true
I'm crazy for you
Oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh
I'm crazy
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh
I'm crazy
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh
I'm crazy for you

Temperature of a hundred and three
Even sick as a dog, you look cute to me
Even at your worst you're still the best
Yeah
Pretty lady, yeah you're so fly
If I was pilot I'd write your name in the sky
But that pretty face don't compare to what's inside
No matter what you do
You are beautiful, yeah

CHORUS

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, everybody
Girl so good, good, good, gotta tell somebody
You can even call me insane
But it won't change a thing

CHORUS

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 24/seven (Media notes). Nickelodeon Records, Columbia Records. 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Big Time Rush (hosts). iHeart Radio. An archive of this radio broadcast is available here (timestamp 7:35).
  3. Skaller, Jeremy [@JRemyOFM] (June 2, 2011). "In the studio with the @bigtimerush homie @heffrondrive and @damonsharpe n @bobbybass while @jaysean is in the other room ... full house!". Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  4. Skaller, Jeremy [@JRemyOFM] (June 10, 2011). "Back in the studio with Kendall from @bigtimerush. And who walks in? Master P... An interesting day already ;)". Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  5. PenaVega, Carlos [@TheCarlosPena] (June 22, 2011). "back in the studio with @damonsharpe ! recording a song that @HeffronDrive wrote.. im really digging this one... !". Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "BTR- Summer Tour Break (Happy Birthday Carlos & Crazy For You)14/08/2013 Palacio De Los Deportes" on YouTube (Timestamp 3:00–3:37). Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  7. "BIG TIME RUSH Reveals Details about ELEVATE!" on YouTube (Timestamp 4:47). Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Big Time Rush performing on Extra" on YouTube. Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  9. West, Abby (April 29, 2013). "Big Time Rush's '24/seven' album will be released on... + all the track names: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  10. "Big Time Rush with "Crazy for U"". WCNC.com (2013). Retrieved July 31, 2023.

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V·T·E Songs in Big Time Rush
Season 1 "Big Time Rush" · "Famous" · "City Is Ours" · "Any Kind of Guy" · "This Is Our Someday" · "Halfway There" · "Stuck" · "A Shot in the Dark" · "Count on You"
Season 2 "Til I Forget About You" · "Boyfriend" · "I Know You Know" · "Big Night" · "Nothing Even Matters" · "Make a Beautiful Christmas" · "All I Want for Christmas" · "Yardsquirrel's Christmas" · "Oh Yeah" · "Dance, Dance, Dance" · "The Mom Song" · "Worldwide" · "Paralyzed" · "Superstar" · "If I Ruled the World" · "Blow Your Speakers" · "All Over Again"
Season 3 "Love Me Love Me" · "Time of Our Life" · "Cover Girl" · "Elevate" · "Movin' Up to Bel Air" · "Windows Down" · "No Idea"
Season 4 "Like Nobody's Around" · "With Ur Love" · "Picture This" · "You Dumped Me for Her" · "24/seven" · "Confetti Falling" · "My Friends" · "Song for You" · "Run Wild" · "Untouchable" · "Get Up" · "Crazy for U" · "We Are"
Big Time Movie "Can't Buy Me Love" · "Help" · "A Hard Day's Night" · "We Can Work It Out" · "Revolution" · "Music Sounds Better with U"
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