Day 95: “Boombox” – The Lonely Island (feat. Julian Casablancas)


Incredibad is the title of the debut album of an American comedy troupe, and also band, The Lonely Island, composed by  Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg.

Many artists collaborated to the recordig of this album, released in 2009, and today, in this song, we can listen Julian Casablancas‘ voice, Strokes‘s singer. We are in comedy-hip hop, which uses satirical elements and funny gags to tease typical rap features.

And boombox is one of them. One of the most typical obhects in american rap culture, also known as ghetto blaster, it is a portable stereo, cassette player and amplifier, very popular in eighties, often associated with breakdancing and in general with all the hip hop culture.

The Lonely Island leads to extreme boombox’s features, showing the most exceeding effets.

Boombox – The Lonely Island

Imagine in your mind a posh country club,
The stuffy old money, where the poor get snubbed,
The spread is bland: sauerkraut and boiled goose
There’s no way these people will ever cut loose
But then I walk in the room, hold my boom box high,
And what happened next will blow your mind

Everything got out of control,
The music was so entrancing,
Everyone got out on the floor,
It was a bunch of old, white people dancing

Now picture, if you will, a bunch of businessmen,
Stuffed in the boardroom like pigs in a pen
The ties around their necks are like a hangman’s noose,
In the middle of the table there’s a boiled goose
The old people smell makes you wanna puke in the sink,
These dudes’ll never dance, yeah, that’s what you think!
I stride in the room, all young and hip,
Hold up my boom box, and say “Listen to this:”

Then everyone started to move,
People rejoiced, instead of financing
Their preconceived notions were shattered,
By the super-old white people dancing

The Big Apple, where people never dance,
Spirits go down while profits expand
The cops saw the dealers, who’s got the juice?
The street vendors peddling their boiled goose
So many types of people, they’ll never get along,
‘Til I bust out my boom box and play this song:

The music washed away all their hate,
And society started advancing,
Every demographic was represented,
It was a Rainbow Coalition of dancing

Everyone was wearing fingerless gloves,
I saw a Spanish guy doing the Bartman

Transport now to an old folks’ home,
Where the elderly are tossed on their brittle bones
The orderlies are stealing – there’s no excuse!
Every day for lunch they eat boiled goose
So I grab my boom box and hit the turbo bass,
And what happened next was a total disgrace

Everybody started having sex!
The music was way too powerful!
A bunch of old people fucking like rabbits!
It was disgusting, to say the least

A boom box can change the world,
But you gotta know your limits with a boom box
And this was a cautionary tale,

External link and references:
band’s official website
unmissable Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explotions created in collaboration with Will Ferrell and JJ Abrams



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