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A Critical Analysis of LFO’s “Summer Girls”

Boy Bands are hilarious. They exist as pretty-boy eunuchs, yet elicit hyper-sexualized responses from non-sexually active tweens.
They also dance, dress alike and most, in the hey-day, had hilarious frosted blonde hair.
But there’s a small subset under the Backstreet Boys umbrella of a different kind of boy band. A boy band not entirely comfortable with the 98 degrees-style of choreography and harmony and more in tune to an alternative sound.

And by “alternative” I mean speak-rapping, and by “subset” i mean LFO.
There hasn’t been a song so laden with cultural references since Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. And that, at least, is organized by decade. “Summer Girls” by LFO (or Lyte Funky Ones), is a strange mashup of pop-culture references, non-sequiturs and references to liking Kevin Bacon but hating Footloose. In not so many words, it’s basically the worst of the worst.
Yet delightfully catchy. Let’s have a look:

Lyrics

“Summer Girls”
Yeah…I like it when the girls stop by.. In the summer
Do you remember, Do you remember?
…when we met. That summer??

New Kids On The block, had a bunch of hits
Chinese food makes me sick.
And I think it’s fly when girls stop by for the summer,for the summer
I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch,
I’d take her if I had one wish,
But she’s been gone since that summer.
Since that summer.

Hip Hop Marmalade spic and span,
Met you one summer and it all began.
You’re the best girl that I ever did see,
The great Larry Bird Jersey 33.
When you take a sip you buzz like a hornet,
Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets.
Call me Willy Whistle cause I can’t speak baby.
Something in your eyes went and drove me crazy.
Now I can’t forget you and it makes me mad,
Left one day and never came back,
Stayed all summer then went back home,
Macauly Culkin wasn’t Home Alone.
Fell deep in love, but now we ain’t speaking.
Michael J Fox was Alex P Keaton.
When I met you I said my name was Rich,
You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch

New Kids On The block,had a bunch of hits
Chinese food makes me sick.
And I think it’s fly when girls stop by for the summer,for the summer
I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch,
I’d take her if I had one wish,
But she’s been gone since that summer..
Since that summer.

Cherry Pez,cold crush,rock star boogie
Used to hate school so I had to play hookie,
Always been hip to the B-boY Style
Known to act wild and make girls smile,
Love New Edition and the Candy Girl
Remind me of you because you rock my world
You come from Georgia where the peaches grow
They drink lemonade and speak real slow
You love hip hop and rock n roll,
Dad took off when you were 4 years old.
There was a good man named Paul Revere,
I feel much better baby when you’re near
You love fun dip and cherry Coke,
I like the way you laugh when I tell a joke
When I met you I said my name was Rich,
You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch.

In the summertime girls got it going on,
Shake and wiggle to a hip hop song
Summertime girls are the kind I like,
I’ll steal your honey like I stole your bike.

Bugaloo shrimp and pogo sticks,
My mind takes me back there oh so quick.
Let you off the hook like my man Mr. Limpet.
Think about that summer and I bug,cause I miss it.
Like the color purple, macaroni and cheese,
Ruby red slippers and a bunch of trees.
Call you up but whats the use,
I like Kevin Bacon, but I hate Footloose
Came in the door I said it before,I think I’m over you
but I’m really not sure,
When I met you I said my name was Rich
You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch.

In the summer girls come and summer girls go
Some are worth while and some are so so,
Summer girls come and summer girls go
Some are worth while and some are so so,
Summertime girls got it going on
Shake and wiggle to a hip hop song
Summertime girls are the kind I like
I’ll steal your honey like I stole your bike.

Conclusion
Instead of writing some wordy analysis of the lyrical properties of this song, I think I’m just going to list a few highlights. Do with them what you will.

Things to know about Summer Girls, courtesy of LFO’s frontman, Rich:

— All of their dads left home when they were four years old.
— They wear ruby red slippers.
— A bunch of trees.
— They love New Edition
— They can’t get enough of Pogo Sticks and Bugaloo Shrimp
— You can steal both their honey and their bikes.
— They like the color purple.
— They know trivia about Family Ties such as Michael J. Fox played Alex P. Keaton.
— They love Rockstar Boogie.
— Chinese food makes them sick, obviously.
— If asked if Paul Revere was a good man, they would most likely answer yes.
— In addition to his volumes of plays, they know all about Billy Shakespeare’s whole bunch of sonnets.
— They think, incorrectly, that Macauly Culkin wasn’t home alone, but in actuality, yes, he was, that’s the point of the movie. And the sequel.

I’m sorry, I know I said there wouldn’t be a lengthly analysis, but is one of the lyrics, honestly, with no context to pad it, “a bunch of trees”. Rich literally decided that he needed something that rhymed with Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese. I imagine the conversation went something like this:

Rich: Yo dawgs. What rhymes with mac n’ cheese. I’m having mad trouble getting these lyrics out of my brainspace.
Other Member: Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton.
Rich: Stop it.
Other other member: Bumble bees.
Rich: No, we already used hornets. That’s too many bees in one jam.
Other Member: Macauly Culkin wasn’t home alone.
Rich: Yes he was. Did you even finish the movie.
Other Member: What about those whole bunch of trees.
Rich: Bingo. Call the label. We’re finished!

The Numbers

Creepy: 2%
Sweet: 1%
Harmless Frosted-Tips Fun: 97%

Beach Party: Check.
Boardwalk: Check.
Sex with all of those “summer girls”: Check.
Squatting and singing: Check.
The other two not singing a word: Check.

Just as a disclaimer. They manage to stretch this song out to nearly four and a half minutes. Kudos Rich. Kudos other two. Kudos.

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2 responses

  1. Brian

    LFO performed at my Jr. High School back in the day because our district won some kind of local radio station sponsored contest… but everyone ended up pissed because they only performed two songs (this was one of them) when we thought we were getting a whole concert. I’m pretty sure they only knew (and probably still only know) two song. Kudos.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    • I knew you were a huge closet LFO fan. I just knew it. See Canton gets Macy Gray, Cinci gets LFO.

      April 7, 2010 at 8:36 am

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