I'm guessing most people who read my"The Problem With..."
column think that I loathe all pop music as processed drivel that appeals to the unwashed masses.
I heard LMFAO's "Shots" with Lil Jon a couple of years ago. Not having seen the guys, I imagined they were a hybrid rock/hip-hop group, like N.E.R.D. or Shwayze. Then I saw LMFAO in the video for "Shots." These two dudes displayed folly and self-satisfaction that recalled the stale humor of the Bloodhound Gang and Cobra Starship.
LMFAO's new single, "Party Rock Anthem," has been around since January, but it managed to creep up to No. 1 on a few charts last month. The duo still comes off as a gimmick in "Party Rock," sure. But the track has become a guilty pleasure of mine.
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This track has other redeeming features. First is the catchy vocal melody in the chorus. The higher notes in this melody actually sound like singing instead of the yelling heard in other vocal melodies.
Plus, there's a healthy sense of humor involved in the whole thing. Now, I wouldn't call LMFAO the best joke music group out there. Lonely Island and Das Racist own them. But the duo has certainly left a good mark in music with this track.
"Party Rock Anthem" might eventually grate on me, as it has with a lot of listeners. For now, though, I'm gonna keep shuffling.