LISTEN: Why the song ‘You Get What You Give’ by New Radicals is memorable to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Published January 19, 2021, 8:36 PM

by Robert Requintina

Pop superstars Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will surely add star power at the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 (January 21 in Manila).

But the most-awaited performance during the virtual event Parade Across America would be the reunion of the New Radicals who will perform their one-and-only smash “You Get What You Give.”

After 20 years of separation, the one-hit wonder American alternative band will return to the stage once more as the final act at the historic sweating-in ceremony.

“If there’s one thing on Earth that would possibly make us get the band together, if only for a day, it is the hope that our song could be even the tiniest beacon of light in such a dark time,” said Gregg Alexander, 50, lead singer of the band, in a statement to Rolling Stone.

The group disbanded months before their song cracked the Top 40 and has not performed the song since 1999. But in other parts of the world, New Radicals spawned another hit “Someday We’ll Know” which was remade by Mandy Moore and Jonathan Foreman for the Original Soundtrack of the chick flick “A Walk To Remember” in 2002.

“You Get What You Give” has a strong connection to Biden and Harris.

New York Post photo

Biden wrote in his biography “Promise Me, Dad” that the upbeat song was an inspiration for his family when his late son Beau Biden battled brain cancer that claimed his life.

“During breakfast, Beau would often make me listen to what I thought was his theme song, ‘You Get What You Give’ by the New Radicals. Even though Beau never stopped fighting and his will to live was stronger than most – I think he knew that this day might come. The words to the song are: ‘This whole damn world can fall apart. You’ll be OK, follow your heart,” Biden wrote.

“You Get What You Give” has also become the 2020 campaign walk-on song for Dough Emhoff, future Second Gentleman to Vice President-elect Harris.

Alexander said: “America knows in its heart that things will get bright again with a new administration and a real plan for vaccines on the way. That’s the message of the song … this world is gonna pull through.”

Relive the song in this official video: