"Girl Code"
A black background with white tiles spelling out "Girl" and "Code", separated by a pink heart.
Single by Countess Luann
ReleasedJuly 3, 2015 (2015-07-03)
GenreDance
Length2:59
LabelEloli
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis
Countess Luann singles chronology
"Chic C'est la Vie"
(2011)
"Girl Code"
(2015)
"Feelin' Jovani"
(2019)

"Girl Code"[A] is a song by American television personality Luann de Lesseps, under the stage name and former courtesy title of Countess Luann. It was released on July 3, 2015, through Eloli Music, as a standalone single. Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis produced the song and co-wrote it with de Lesseps, Arden Altino, Angela Ann Hunte, Tzvetin T. Todorov, and Urales Vargas. Despite having no plans to release new music, de Lesseps was inspired by her fellow The Real Housewives of New York City cast members and convinced by the series' producer Andy Cohen to release a third single.

"Girl Code" is a funk-influenced dance song that features backing vocals from de Lesseps' daughter, Victoria. She premiered the song during an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and its lyrics partially reference an argument between de Lesseps and American author Carole Radziwill that occurred while vacationing in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It received mixed reviews from music critics, with E! Online referring to it as a guilty pleasure song.

Background and release

According to Luann de Lesseps, she did not have any plans to release additional music in her career.[3] In 2010, she was signed to Ultra Music, and collaborated with New York City-based musician Chris Young as her producer and co-songwriter.[4][5] Together, they released "Money Can't Buy You Class" in 2010, and "Chic C'est la Vie" in 2011.[1] Her appearances on The Real Housewives of New York City proved to be a source of inspiration for developing her third single, "Girl Code"; she said in an interview: "I got really inspired... I'm thrilled with it because the song is really different from what I've done before."[3] The series' producer Andy Cohen also helped convince de Lesseps to release a new song.[3] "Girl Code" was written by de Lesseps, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis, Arden Altino, Angela Ann Hunte, Tzvetin T. Todorov, and Urales Vargas, while production was handled by Duplessis.[1][6]

de Lesseps premiered "Girl Code" as a live performance on the American late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. The episode, which was broadcast on June 23, 2015, featured both de Lesseps and Real Housewives co-star Sonja Morgan;[7] During the appearance, de Lesseps answered a fan's phone-in question regarding the song's subject matter and title: "I think every woman can understand what that means. When you break the girl code, when you cross the line, and you just do something that is – you know – unforgivable unless someone apologizes."[8] The song was released on July 3, 2015, when it was distributed for digital download and streaming through Eloli Music.[9] Some publications have referred to the song by the alternative title "Girl Code (Don't Be So Uncool)".[1][2] A music video for the song was filmed during the last week of June 2015.[10]

Music and lyrics

"Girl Code" was partially inspired by de Lesseps' feud with author Carole Radziwill (pictured in 2007).
"Girl Code" was partially inspired by de Lesseps' feud with author Carole Radziwill (pictured in 2007).

"Girl Code" is a funk-influenced dance song.[2] de Lesseps' daughter, Victoria, provides backing vocals.[1] Dave Quinn and Jessica Fecteau, writers from People, both noted the song's girl power theme, with the former calling it funky.[11][12]

Lyrically, "Girl Code" refers to a moment in de Lesseps' life where she felt betrayed by her friends.[2] While vacationing with the Real Housewives cast in the Turks and Caicos Islands, she took issue with some members, specifically author Carole Radziwill, for entering a relationship with the former boyfriend of de Lesseps' niece.[13] Specifying, de Lesseps revealed to E! Online that "Girl Code" is not entirely about just one incident, but rather "how friends have to look out for each other" and what happens when they do not.[3] One of the lyrics references a catchphrase de Lesseps coined during the trip ("Don't be all, like, uncool").[11] In the chorus, "I'm just doing me / You broke the girl code / So don't be so uncool / I gotta let you go", Ben Rimalower from Vulture felt she expresses her want of "support and company" from her friendships.[14]

Critical reception

Chris Harnick from E! Online referred to "Girl Code" as a guilty pleasure song.[1] Bustle's Kristie Rohwedder ranked de Lesseps' three singles, and provided the lowest score to "Girl Code"; however, she enjoyed its lyrics, danceability, and catchiness.[15] Lynsey Eidell of Glamour encouraged her readers to listen to the song "if only for a chuckle".[16]

Retrospectively, Sadie Gennis from TV Guide Magazine listed "Girl Code" as the tenth best Real Housewives song in a 2017 article. She called the song nonsense and said Victoria de Lesseps' feature was the best part of the song.[17] In a similar 2019 list by People, Quinn listed it as the franchise's 18th best song, and labeled it as "a banger".[11]

Track listing

Digital download/streaming[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Girl Code"2:59

Release history

Release dates and formats for "Girl Code"
Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various July 3, 2015 Eloli [9]

Notes

  1. ^ "Girl Code" has been referred to by the alternative title of "Girl Code (Don't Be So Uncool)".[1][2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Harnick, Chris (June 24, 2015). "Countess Luann's 'Girl Code (Don't Be So Uncool)' Is Here! – Plus a Brief History of Real Housewives Songs". E! Online. Archived from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Corriston, Michele (June 23, 2015). "The Countess Has a New Dance Jam Inspired by the Housewives Being 'So Uncool'". People. Archived from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Harnick, Chris (June 23, 2015). "Countess Luann Reveals Inspiration for 'Girl Code (Don't Be So Uncool),' Watch Out Ladies!". E! Online. Archived from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  4. ^ Heyman, Marshall (May 21, 2010). "'Housewife' Sparks Demand for Producer". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on January 21, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  5. ^ Barthel, Mike (April 5, 2013). "The 15 Vanity Singles by 'Real Housewife' Bravolebrities: One Is Actually Good!". The Awl. Archived from the original on January 18, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "ACE Repertory". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved April 25, 2021. If necessary, enter the title "Girl Code" to view the song's ASCAP credits.
  7. ^ "Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan". Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Season 12. Episode 104. June 23, 2015. Bravo.
  8. ^ "Show Highlight: Which Housewife Inspired 'Girl Code'?". Bravo. 24 June 2015. Archived from the original on May 5, 2021. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "We Visited Luann on Her 'Girl Code' Music Video Set". Bravo. June 30, 2015. Archived from the original on November 29, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c Quinn, Dave (August 5, 2019). "The Definitive Ranking of Every Single Real Housewives Song". People. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  11. ^ Hecteau, Jessica (July 16, 2015). "Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Shares Seven Girl Codes You Should Never Break". People. Archived from the original on April 15, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  12. ^ Harnick, Chris (July 15, 2015). "Carole Radziwill Reveals 'Uncool' Countess Luann Lunged at Her at 'Real Housewives of New York' Reunion". E! Online. Archived from the original on May 21, 2021. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  13. ^ Rimalower, Ben (June 24, 2015). "The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: You Broke the Girl Code". Vulture. Archived from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  14. ^ Rohwedder, Kristie (July 7, 2015). "'Girl Code' By Countess LuAnn Is Not Uncool". Bustle. Archived from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  15. ^ Eidell, Lynsey (June 25, 2015). "You Have to Hear Luann de Lesseps' Brand-New Single (Plus 3 More Songs to Add to Your Playlist)". Glamour. Archived from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  16. ^ Gennis, Sadie (February 16, 2017). "Every Real Housewives Song, Ranked". TV Guide Magazine. Archived from the original on February 12, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.