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Backlash is such a strong word, and perhaps not the most appropriate one given the level of antipathy the group evokes among the internet cognoscenti, but it’s impossible to avoid the term in reacting to the Lonely Island’s new single ‘I Just Had Sex,’ which features imaginary tough guy Akon.

As an unabashed fan of the Lonely Island’s first CD, 2009’s Incredibad, I’ve always found it difficult to reconcile my love of their music with my complete disdain for SaturdayNight Live, and in particular Andy Samberg’s turgid contribution as a sketch actor. Like most of the SNL cast, Samberg as an actor represents the banal strand of comedy that dictates saying something in a funny accent automatically makes it ha-ha funny, when in fact all it does is make him look like a douchebag.

It’s a similar concept that has prolonged the painful career of Kenan Thompson. Thompson, who most famously played the part of the unfunny half of Kenan & Kel, seems to most rational observers to serve one purpose on the show: to play black characters in sketches where it would be racist for the white members to wear blackface. That’s not to say that SNL producers are racist. In fact, it’s the opposite – they hold black comedians to the same low standards to which they hold themselves. It’s equal opportunity mediocrity, and it’s rampant on SNL.

Which brings us back to the Lonely Island.

Over the past three or four years, the Lonely Island sketches have been exactly that – an oasis of genuinely innovative and thought-provoking humour on a show that has long outstayed its welcome on television. So it’s disappointing to see the first single from the trio’s second album is so utterly predictable and unimaginative. Thematically, it sits somewhere between Incredibad’s ‘I’m On A Boat’ (feat. T-Pain) and ‘Dick in a Box’ (feat. Justin Timberlake), riding on the same suspension of disbelief concept that energised the former in particular.

True, Akon’s contribution is pretty damn good – and his almost maniacal pride in what’s just gone down, particularly reminiscent of T-Pain, makes the video alone worth watching – but Samberg and Jorma Taccone’s contributions are awful (and not in the religion sense of the word). There’s a dreadful sense of inevitability about the way Samberg drops the “best 30 seconds of my life” line. Anybody reading the song title in advance could have guessed there’d be some flippant reference to a short lead time, and most could probably have guessed that the reference would be exactly 30 seconds.

Obviously, it’s hard to gauge what will follow based on one single – and if Samberg & Co. are anything like the rappers they work with they’ll take the feedback on the single and adapt accordingly – but first impressions are far from encouraging.





RosaParks
12.19.10
lol.

FlawedPerfection
12.19.10
whoa modulation

RosaParks
12.19.10
love the fireworks part at the end. Shat brix

Electric City
12.19.10
i thought it was funny

Athom
12.19.10
wasnt their best but it didnt suck. GO TEAM!

acADHDemy
12.19.10
i cant wait for new album


Aids
12.19.10
so good

AtavanHalen
12.19.10
Awesome. So awesome.

Iai
12.19.10
Wasn't that bad. The 'she put a bag on my head/still counts!' line made me laugh.

Josh D.
12.19.10
Although SNL is obviously not what it used to be when I growing up, I think it has gotten marginally better, and doesn't deserve SOME of the shit it gets. For example, I've always like Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, among other people along the way over the last several years. Not to mention, I think Meyers' WU is pretty good most of the time.

Oh man, I miss my early days of SNL watching, with Will Ferrell's beginnings and Rob Schneider being gone....

I can't watch this while working, but I will definitely have a look when I get home.

cendre
12.19.10
kristen wiig is the worst

Josh D.
12.19.10
You're the worst.

cendre
12.19.10
thats y u want me so bad

Josh D.
12.19.10
I like things.

Yordy
12.19.10
Kristin Wiig is the best current cast member.

Jom
12.19.10
Akon is awesome in this, but that's the extent of it. The skywriter part was funny, too, but only because of Akon's shit-eating grin. I feel like the fireworks thing would've been funnier had Katy Perry not done it with Reddi-Wip in "California Gurls."

fr33convict
12.19.10
Kristen Wiig is one of my least favorite people on the cast. Single was disapointing.

Acanthus
12.19.10
Not the best they've done, but wasn't walking into this with any expectations of hilariousness.

Dogget
12.19.10
thought it was funny

Josh D.
12.19.10
I might be partial to Wiig since I'm strangely attracted to her.

Baphomet
12.19.10
loved it

AggravatedYeti
12.19.10
dunno dave this is pretty great.

and kristen wiig is hilarious wtf. SNL does suck though.

robertsona
12.19.10
was pretty funny. i usually sort of hate the -idea- of their stuff but then i watch and laugh; go figure.

Josh D.
12.19.10
You're a rebel.

LiquidVelvet
12.19.10
Still laughed a lot. Obv not their best, but so what? I enjoyed it.

PinkBlackberry
12.19.10
I can totally see the 'I'm on a boat' mix, but I didn't find a terribly large amount wrong with this song, was pretty funny.

and I agree rosa, the end made me laugh so hard

SowingSeason
12.19.10
song sucks compared to anything they did on incredibad

Yazz_Flute
12.19.10
yeah what everyone else said. Seemed a bit lazy but I still laughed.

TheStarclassicTreatment
12.19.10
That was pretty funny. I love how their beats are generally of a high standard in that they could just as easily be used in commercially successful 'serious' songs.

foreverendeared
12.19.10
"The general consensus seems to be that I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like this. I do like the hook though."

Well, the "30 seconds" line was really cringe-worthy, but other than that, it was pretty funny.

outline
12.19.10
Hader > Samberg >>>>>>> Wiig. Wiig used to be good, but the writing for her sucks. Bill Hader is incredible considering some of the shit writing he's given.

Josh D.
12.19.10
Hader is really good, I've always liked him, SNL or otherwise.

Finally heard the song; kind of funny. The bridge or whatever was good.

somberlain
12.19.10
"I might be partial to Wiig since I'm strangely attracted to her."

that IS strange
she's good on SNL not very attractive imo

Josh D.
12.19.10
I think she is very pretty, but what I meant is that she is WAY too thin for my taste. She needs a little meat on her in the fun parts.

Josh D.
12.19.10
But still, I don't know, I like her outside of her really quirky and unattractive characters that she always plays.

Yazz_Flute
12.19.10
shit just got copyrighted

North0House
12.19.10
Yeah, so my mom came into the room while I was watching this.
A very awkward moment of silence resulted.

Transient
12.20.10
It was alright. Akon sells it, though. Probably the only thing I've heard him do where he actually sounds like he's enjoying himself.

Tyler
12.20.10
The song was great when Akon was doing things and boring when he wasn't. This is the opposite of what I usually say.

plane
12.20.10
this is to the girls that let us roll around on top of them

best line. guess i'm with everyone else. akon's part is great, doesn't even seem like the guys are trying with the verses though

JWT155
12.20.10
I want to be at a party with this playing.

robertsona
12.20.10
love the verses precisely because theyre so tossed off. i love how only like half of the shit rhymes. plus theres a bunch of a good lines

DiceMan
12.20.10
This sucks hard.

Moonlight
12.20.10
Can't wait to pull up at a light blasting this. I am giong to be so cool.

Rhinoceron
12.20.10
i didn't really laugh

Yazz_Flute
12.20.10
actually i've decided this is really good with more listens.

morte
12.21.10
song's funny, too bad i can't relate to it...

EVedder27
12.21.10
pretty funny

couldwinarabbit
12.21.10
morte's comment is the funniest thing here.

Curse.
12.21.10
"song's funny, too bad i can't relate to it..."


HAHAAHA win

Zyb
12.22.10
I'm sorry but saying that nothing on the show is funny and then singling out Kenan (and ignoring the times he doesn't play "black roles") actually makes you sound like the racist.

Anyway The Lonely Island has always been hit & miss.

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