Neon colors, animal prints, shiny things, glasses without lenses, shuffling and wiggling. It's all part of party rocking. LMFAO has taken the nation by storm, and the duo has been able to pull it off by crafting ridiculous, loud and dancey party music. Is it serious? Is it all a big joke to them? Does it even matter?
Redfoo and SkyBlu, uncle and nephew (respectively), put together this hilarious group back in 2006. To say they had a little help is and isn't true. Redfoo's father is Berry Gordy (the founder of Motown Records). So some pretty stellar business sense was passed along via genetics and serious lessons, but the talent is undeniably theirs. And to be fair, they most definitely listened to the wisdom that Gordy passed on. "You've got to think logically in any decision you make, especially big decisions," says SkyBlu. "And especially when you're leading a bunch of people and people depend on you. So, you know, 'logic is boss' is definitely one of the biggest things that resonated to me in my whole life, you know."
Getting back to the discussion of musical talent, though, brings us to the realization that it is entirely and undeniably theirs. The contagious, over-the-top, hilarious party atmosphere that they've crafted comes from their personalities – at least somewhat. "The humor in our music, it kind of probably stems from us being class clowns growing up," says SkyBlu. "You know, it's not really us being clowns and woo-woo, but it's like, coming up with that clever joke that everybody can relate to, and they'll be like 'Ah man, that's true, man, that's funny right there. I'm not a whore but I like to do it.' You know what I'm saying?"
Redfoo adds, "The thing that we did for LMFAO is that we wanted to be – a supergroup, the number-one band in the world – but we wanted to be ourselves, or exaggerations of ourselves. And so we just are, you know, who are we. We're funny people. You know we're sexy, incredible packages. We like to rap, you know. We like melodies, we like to sing, we like to make music. So we just said, 'Let's do all of that stuff and entertain the world and make people happy.' So using humor as a tool to make people happy. There's one difference, though, between us and some other bands that may be using humor; we don't really make fun of what we're doing. We will make fun of other songs, basically, you know? We might satire here or there, a couple lines, but like, it's not like a joke band. Like, who's the group – Spinal Tap! Right. That's really funny to us, and we love that movie. But that might be – that's a band designed to make fun of a rock band. So that's where I think people got it mixed up in the beginning, because I think people thought that we were making fun of hip-hop or electro or something like that, and we would say, 'No, no, we're serious – this is what we do! We've been making music for a long time; we just happen to be funny.'"
Sure, we get the humor. It's great. It's off-the-charts fantastic. And anyone who hates it or thinks these guys are entirely serious...well, you just don't get it. To be quite frank, they've totally just pulled the wool over your eyes. As previously stated, they are well aware of what they do and how they do it – they're a brilliant marketing machine. But let's stop there. It's still silly, no matter how you look at it. "Well, the concept and attitude is really – it's a world that we create, you know, and anything that we can show the world," says Redfoo. "So it could be an inflatable palm tree. It could be a shuffling zebra, you know? That will just kind of make you feel like you're in a dream. I think that's the main thing with the costumes and the colors. Some things are random. Sometimes you might just get a grown-up hot dog, you know, shufflin'. A shufflin' hot dog. A guy in a hot dog suit. Why? You know, uh, because there is no reason why. That is exactly why – because it makes you feel like you're in a dream, a trance. What the hell is a hot dog? But then it does make sense deep down because we've got a song called 'Hot Dog.'"
The ultimate act, and the truth behind it all, is that it's not even an act at all. They're really just out there having fun, and encouraging everyone else to do the same. They're really just having a great fucking time. And they want the world to be able to do the same thing. Life's tough enough. Why not just take some time out to shuffle and wiggle? "Yeah, and it's the company you keep," says Redfoo. "You know, I think for us, the club music for LMFAO, what it's all about is making the music for the party. We're making tools for the party. I mean, to us we don't even call it music; we call it tools. Tools that you use at a party. You wanna get the party started, and you know you don't wanna say, 'Hey everybody, start drinking!' You know, that might not be the best way to say it. You just put on the song 'Shots' and people start, 'Hey man, let's take some shots.'"
This they agree on – heavily. "You could use this as your excuse to let loose," SkyBlu adds. "You know what I'm saying? No matter what job you got, no matter what people are telling you, when you come to the concert, you can just let it all go and just have some fun. Get some champagne spray – you know what I mean – and have a good old time, baby." | RDW
LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew • 5/23, 7 p.m. • Palace of Auburn Hills • 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills • 248.377.0100 • palacenet.com