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Few will mistake Redfoo and SkyBlu for Leiber and Stoller. But within the group's sound lies an interesting sonic history, even if it's often eclipsed by the stupidity, and regardless of whether they prove every last non-party-rockin' critic right and vanish tomorrow, a document of their existence seems warranted. They are, after all, the son (Redfoo) and grandson (SkyBlu) of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., are Grammy nominees, have a combined YouTube viewing tally of almost 800 million, and have another single rising on the charts.
How ridiculous/clumsy are their words? A fine line, it has been said, separates stupid from clever, but Redfoo has tipped his hand by confessing in an early interview that he "failed every grade up until the fifth grade." The two describe sex play in "Party Rock Anthem" as "runnin' through [whores] like Drano" in one of the least seductive lines in recent pop music memory. "Sexy and I Know It" is nothing more than a four-minute sexual boast — with a funny video set in Venice Beach involving an impressive (cod-pieced) thrust-off between Redfoo and SkyBlu.
But erase the lyrics from their string of hits — "I'm In Miami, B****" (about getting drunk on the beach), "Shots" (about getting drunk fast), "Party Rock Anthem" (about partying), and their new single, "Sorry for Party Rocking" (about how they're sorry that they're so enthusiastic about life that they can't help partying nonstop) — and you can see the foundational DNA of a uniquely American strain of electronic dance music, one that combines a bunch of weird regional American variations into one frenzied, sexually charged whole.
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