Perfectly timed for hot summer nights, Los Angeles dance-rap duo LMFAO’s hit, “Party Rock Anthem,” is high on the pop charts. Mixing electronic dance beats, snyth riffs, rap, pop and chant, the guys promise their party-ready listeners, “We go’ make you lose your mind.”
“Song For Party Rocking,” another track from the album that contains “Party Rock Anthem,” also celebrates and satirizes extreme partying of the losing it kind. In the song’s explicit version, Redfoo, easily identified by his bountiful Afro, and Sky Blu, Redfoo’s nephew, rap about bad bitches, booty grabbing, sex, blacking out and throwing up. Yeah, they be having a good time up in this here party.
Obviously, the guys are jokers, and very successful musical comedians at that. The jokes return above the Michael Jackson-Thriller beat in “Sexy And I Know It” but then LMFAO trades sexual-bravado for seriousness. In “One Day,” even though the song’s principal character has money in the bank, a brand new car and hotties by the pool, his good fortune doesn’t satisfy. “I got everything I want but you,” he explains sincerely.
Hedonism returns with “Put That A$$ To Work” and “We Came Here To Party” (co-starring GoonRock), but the duo again dares to show its sensitive side in the split-personality track, “Reminds Me Of You” (with Calvin Harris).
“Some of us came to celebrate,” the lyrics acknowledge about party people, “but most of us came to get away. ? no matter what I say, every little thing reminds of you.” The album also features a no-holds-barred love song, “Best Night,” featuring will.i.am, GoonRock and Eva Simons. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t be right for this fun-loving dynamic duo to leave on serious note, so it says goodbye with another joke track, the very amusing “Hot Dog.”
LEGALIZE IT/EQUAL RIGHTS
Following more than a decade with Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston in the Wailers, Peter Tosh released his solo debut, Legalize It. In the 1976 album’s laid-back title track, Tosh, not surprisingly, voices his advocacy for the decriminalization of marijuana. Banned from radio play in the singer’s native Jamaica, “Legalize It” became an underground hit. As for the rest of the album, Tosh keeps the grooving, multilayered production while turning to less controversial lyrics. “Watcha Gonna Do” could be a Jamaican country song suitable for a Jimmy Buffett show. “Why Must I Cry” is an old-fashioned heartbreak song. American rhythm-and-blues and country filter into the two contrasting sections of “Till Your Well Runs Dry.”
Artistically, politically and socially, Tosh’s second album, 1977’s Equal Rights, leaps beyond his debut. A concept album whose message remains relevant, this reggae masterpiece addresses the quest for rights and freedom in multiple songs, including “Apartheid,” the reggae anthem “Get Up, Stand Up,” vengeful and mocking “Downpresser Man” and especially catchy “Equal Rights.” Tosh also wraps the message in “African” in particularly accessible music. “Don’t care where you come from,” he half-sings. “As long as you’re a black man, you’re an African.”
These reissues from Columbia/Legacy also feature enlightening essays about Tosh, the reggae kingpin assassinated in 1987, as well as more than a dozen bonus tracks in each two-CD set.