Hello, and welcome to Radio Rants. Before we get started, I just wanted to say thank you, America. It’s been fairly smooth couple of months for Radio Rants; the worst things I’ve dealt with lately were kind of boring, dumb, or uncreative, and I have you to thank. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had bad songs, but nothing horrifically bad. Which makes this even more disappointing.
I know a lot of people don’t like LMFAO. Hell, I still get almost daily site traffic off searches like “I hate party rock anthem” or “party rock anthem horrible”. I know I said good things about “Party Rock Anthem”, but at the same time, I knew damn well that if LMFAO were ever going to do a good song, this was it. And it’s not even that “PRA” is an objectively good song; it’s a cheap synth shitshow of a song, but got lucky by being a fun shitshow. But we’re not talking about “Party Rock Anthem” today, are we? We’re talking about “Sexy and I Know It”.
Alright, let’s start with the title: “Sexy and I Know It”. I can’t even compare this to Ke$ha’s glittery vapidity, or the Black Eyed Peas’ empty headed swagger, this is dumb on the level of frat guys trying to score a YouTube hit. Well, it’s going to suck, so let’s just get the lyrics out of the way right the hell now. For some reason, SkyBlu (the curly haired guy) decided to sit this one out, so we’re stuck with Redfoo (afro guy), who is apparently sexy and he knows it.
“When I walk on by, girls be looking like damn he fly” I don’t doubt that they look at you, Redfoo. Hell, if I saw someone wearing this getup in public, I’d look at them in ridicule, too.
“It’s Redfoo with the bigass afro”. You know, Redfoo, as an occasional afro owner myself, let me just say that I’m not sure I’d brag about your afro. Now this is an impressive afro. This looks like someone with a Jheri Curl stuck a fork in an outlet.
“Girl look at that body, AH. Girl look at that body, AH. Girl look at that body, AH, I work out!” Anyone else reminded of Stewie’s “Look at my fanny!” bit? Also, I want to point out that this bit here is the most recurring lyric of the song.
“When I’m at the beach, I’m in a Speedo trying to tan my–Hey, look, the window I was using to look up lyrics just died on me out of pure, unbridled spite. Well, you get the idea, “Sexy and I Know It” has some of the worst verses I’ve head this year.
Anyway, the music. The main synth bass hook is actually kind of good, but gets looped entirely too much. And…that’s really it for the verses. It’s not until the chorus that we get a drumbeat going, and it uses the build strategy from “Party Rock Anthem” to much, much lesser effect. Aside from that, we don’t get anything you haven’t heard before: superfluous synths, a basic stomp-clap beat, a high pitched synth at the bridge, and that’s it. Oh, by the way, the lyrics for the bridge? “Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah”.
The chorus takes a stumble, too. After a couple abysmally bad lyrics (“I got a passion in my pants”), Redfoo apparently stopped trying and just looped a couple of words to eat up space until he could get to “I’m sexy and I know it”, and then runs those into the ground.
Much like fellow party knuckleheads the Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO does a much better job when they’re with us having fun instead of talking about how much better than us they are. If “Party Rock Anthem” showcased club pop’s better aspects, then “Sexy and I Know It” shows the worst tendencies of the trend: dumb lyrics, a repetitive nature, limp production, and a misbegotten premise. They tried to sell Redfoo as sexy. And failed. Hard.