Spotify Listen Link: LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking
- 2013 Grammy Nomination: Best Pop Due/Group Perofrmance, "Sexy And I Know It"
What am I doing here? LMFAO, really? I mean, a couple of their big hits are sort of fun to party to, but I've never stopped when they come on the radio, and I've never actively sought out there music. Also, I feel like they're a far less cool version of Ninja Sex Party.
Sigh. Regardless, let's get a little tiny bit of history in here. Oddly enough, there are legit roots here. Redfoo and SkyBlu (Yup.) are descendants of Berry Gordy Jr. and formed their group in 2006. They're on hiatus as of September 2012.
They also performed with Madonna when she "came back" at the halftime show a couple of years ago. Yeah, I'm trying to forget that too.
"Rock The Beat II" is the intro track. Quite literally, it's a spoken intro track backed by, of course, a dance beat. You thieves - if that's not Daft Punk inspired I'd be in shock. I suppose it does set a good tone for a dance/comedy album, and probably the live show. Alrighty, here we go with this insanity!
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I feel like the question of the year, jokingly, was "Is LMFAO really 'Sorry For Party Rocking'?" They don't strike me as truly remorseful. Hehe, sorry, had to go there. Anywhos, this one's the title track, obviously. Basically, it seems like, already, that this s going to be a non-stop party from track 1 through track 14. This one gets the apologies out of the way though, and sets the pace for the insanity to come.
"Party Rock Anthem" (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock) comes on immediately next, but we can't be mad - we were already warned! You can't deny getting into this at least once at a club or some other sort of crazed party. Everyone gets moving to it, regardless of how full your drink is yet. I'm sure the words in the verses are crazy, but I know I've never actually listened to them. We all just sing out the chorus loud.
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And let the images of Ricky Martin begin. Dude was on "Glee" and did this song, "Sexy And I Know It," only half in Spanish. I tried so hard to get into this song at least on a workout basis, and I just couldn't do it. It's funny and not awful, but something's not clicking for me here.
"Champagne Showers" (feat. Natalia Kills) is up next. Oh joy, robotic voices, always fun. The ups and downs in this one demand strobe lights, not computer speakers. And yeah, I wish I had more to say, but, sadly, nope.
Almost a litlte depth to "One Day." I mean, he's reflecting, which is kind of cool. He's got everything he wants, except this one girl, it seems? Ugh, I listen to a lot of deeper rock music, so I'm probably just fooling myself trying to find something of importance in this album.
"Put That A$$ To Work" is um… well, it's a workout song. I mean, I guess you could wind up saying that about a lot of this album. I mean, in reality, it works better at Mixx at three in the morning when people just don't know when to call it quits.
Ah, calm down guys. I totally missed the song "Take It To The Hole" (feat. Busta Rhymes) starting because, well, I didn't realize a new song had started. Can't miss the Busta! Heh, okay, more filling space. Probably would have been just fine missing it. Everything's more of the same: same music, same beats, same theme. It's probable be more annoying if it were louder too, but at least for now it's just taking up some background thought space.
GoonRock is back for "We Came Here To Party." Like we needed to be reminded, come on. It's another one that could be thrown onto any DJ's regular spin list and sound like it meshed in right away and had been there forever.
We flow seamlessly into "Reminds Me Of You" (feat. Calvin Harris). You know, it's probably a sweet sentiment if you're just looking at the words alone. Sadly, at this point, I've basically tuned out because it sounds just the same as everything else that's played thus far.
"Best Night" has a slightly different sound and therefore is a welcome breath of fresh air in the midst of repetition. This one includes will.i.am, GoonRock, and Eva Simons, which may the the ultimate cause of the new feel. I mean, it's the same idea - party, party, party - but at least this time there's a little something extra happening with the harmonies and even the general sound itself. It's about damn time.
Oh auto tune, how I NEVER miss you. "All Night Long" (feat. Lisa) (and yes that's really the name they give us) is up next, and again, a little different song, even if the theme is ever un-changing. He's coming through a computer big time throughout the number. Ugh. But okay, there's real drum beats coming through, and there may even be a slight throwback to Lionel Richie here, which is respectable and fun.
"With You" kind of gives a sweet 80's throwback sound too! We may have, at the tail end of this album, finally struck some goodness! I mean, granted, it's still the same ol' same ol' story-wise, and just about every little thing is clearly from a machine (possibly even the people), but I'll welcome new sounds anytime.
The final song on this album is "Hot Dog." Basically, it's a short little final tune that I missed most of the words of, but the beats seemed a little more stripped down and just gave a nice, calmer mode to dance our way out of the club at the very end of the night as the sun comes up.
Yeah, nothing was added to my playlist on this one, sorry. It's not that anything was bad at all, I just don't feel like hearing any of this again. Like I said, I never sought out this music to begin with, so this review was sort of bound to be it for me. Gotta give them credit for consistency - I'm pretty sure they managed to put the words "party rock" into EVERY SINGLE SONG.
Woo-hoo, comedy album time! If you couldn't tell, this one was nominated for Best Comedy Album.
Now, warning: this one is not for the faint of heart. There's a lot of mature... yeah, we'll go with mature... content here, and it's presented in some of the most outlandish ways.
But <3 Andy Samberg.
And it's all pretty much hilarious, featuring some of the biggest names in popular music today. And yesterday. Eh, you'll see what I mean.
Comedy music may be my favorite kind of music. Especially when it turns visual, and lucky for us, we've also got a lot of videos to go with this post. Let's start right off with the opening song, and thus video, "We're Back!"
Yeaaahhh, so that's how the album starts off. Thank god I've heard other, better songs that come later. Unfortunately, we now know way too much about these guys. Well, at least any barriers are now completely down. Gangster rapping white boys with... er... um... issues.
"Mama" starts off as a nice little message to their moms and how much they care. But she keeps interrupting their tribute!! That witch... How dare she. Sorry, not much left to say about that one.
Ah, and now onto the single... "I Just Had Sex" featuring Akon.
Sad part is, I know guys that would probably by playing this song in their head afterwords. I think my favorite thing about what they do is how seriously their guest artists take things when they're performing. I mean, look at Akon - all business. I also just noticed that one of them looks oddly like Kevin McHale, or Artie from "Glee." I'll never be able to watch him the same...
This is my favorite song on the album that I've heard so far - "Jack Sparrow."
I remember one of my roommate showing me this a few months back. I still love the video, and the song is actually pretty good, especially for a comedy based number. I actually have an issue watching the Pirates movies without hearing this now. Yup, I just said that.
"Attracted to Us" was the first song from this album I hadn't heard for writing this. Beck is the featured artist here, in the chorus. It's pretty... understandable, I guess? Funny little short number about girls being attracted to these shy, nerdy white boys. It's just the right length to stop being annoying.
I'm not really sure where they're trying to go with "Rocky." Maybe it's album filler. Not hilarious. Not much more than a fantasy on fighting the boxer. I guess every little guy like this thinks about this at some point in life? Oh, but he kind of gets massacred by the end. I guess there's a little honesty in there. We'll chalk this up to being a tribute to Rocky's greatness.
"My Mic" is a quick little interlude with mic checks and different voices. Cool.
I actually really enjoy "Turtleneck and Chain" musically and melodically when I'm not totally paying attention to the lyrics. Snoop Dogg is alway cool. Sorry though, but once I honed into what was actually going on... I mean, who wants to listen to 3+ minutes of douches talking about their douchiness?
Anywhos, onto another video! "Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde" featuring Rihanna.
Hahahahahaha, I love that Rihanna does comedy here! Whoa... wait... was that Joe Hamm she walked out with??? Lucky so-and-so... grumble grumble... video's better than the song by itself any way... grumble...
"Trouble on Dookie Island" includes sampling from "Minna Darekao Aishiteiru" by The Hornets. I say that because it's the only thing I can seriously say about this song. It's such a boy number, and I should not be the one giving an opinion on it... The only thing I can honestly say is that this sound should have never been made real.
I can't place it in my head, but I've heard "Falcor vs. Atreyu – Classy Skit #1" somewhere before. I mean, not this exact take on it, but... okay, okay, moving on!
I had no idea this was a Lonely Island song for the longest time. Two friends of mine do a killer acoustic version. Gents and Ladies, especially the moms, here's "Motherlover" featuring the one and only JT, Justin Timberlake.
I also had no idea there was a video for it, and could not be more delighted. I am so glad this has gone beyond SNL skits. Is that... Susan Sarandon?? Jam... Hahahaha, this is amazing. Musically and lyrics, so funny. I may actually like the song without the video better, but really, who cares.
John Waters and Nicki Minaj join in for "The Creep":
Apologies if you can't watch the video on here - I know I'm having issues with it. Check it out on YouTube though! Anywhos, at least this one's relatable. I mean that in that you know you've all seen one or tons in clubs and beyond. Creepers are everywhere. Beware.
"Watch Me Do Me - Classy Skit #2" is another short track, and completely... horrible to listen to. I just... moving on.
Refusing to be like everyone else, the guys give us "Threw It On The Ground." He's just not up to accepting anything from anyone. Thank goodness we know this is a comedy album, because this is ridiculous. I mean, seriously, this could be a legit song by a very angry dude.
Who else just wants to go "awww" for "Japan." Oh mocking stereotypes. Always makes for funny times. I'm only sort of left wondering how they came up with these things. Okay, I'm really wondering that, but cool. This will make a really funny video if it ever gets that far.
"After Party" features Santigold. Looks like the party in Japan is all over. This is a little depressing. I mean, I get that it's funny, and they keep up their club beats, but it's just... wait, okay, second verse. I'm a little more confused. But maybe they're in for something more? Meh, okay, I'm bored.
Girls are less afraid of sharing their opinions, but these guys let it all go for "No Homo." Lots of compliments between them and they're not afraid, because they're backing it up with the statement of "no homo." They finish it out in the same manner with "No Homo Outro," and there we go. Album over.
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I got my hopes up, and while they weren't completely dashed, they we're completely upheld. It's a boys album, and I totally accept that. It's all good. It's funny once, but there's not much I could deal with on a regular basis. Great videos though - more, please!