D4L – Laffy Taffy

First Hit #1: January 14, 2006

Is this chiptune, or just a bargain basement synthesizer? The central instrument sounds like it may actually be an NES, and while the beat has heavier bass than any old game console could manage, it’s still decidedly retro. Considering 8-bit nostalgia was starting to take root in the middle of the decade, I wonder just how much of this beat was inspired by the game consoles of old.

The song itself isn’t quite as interesting as the beat, which is minimal to a fault anyway in spite of referencing old games. It’s yet another song about butts, this time comparing them to Laffy Taffy, but butts are commonplace on the pop charts anyway. It’s surprisingly gross – “Skeet skeet skeet like a water hose” is possibly the most disgusting thing that has ever been in the top position of the chart – but it’s mostly just repetitive. Catchy enough that it’s best in small doses, past about the minute and a half mark I began to wonder why on earth the song continued – it had run out of things to say, because there are only so many things to say about butts anyway. Then again, it was only on top for a week, so I suspect the nation as a whole realized there was nothing there quite quickly.

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2 Responses to D4L – Laffy Taffy

  1. RBerman says:

    One of my acquaintances recently made a blog post about songs with only two chords. I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head, but now whenever I hear one, I file it in that category. This is such a song. The Casio backing music can’t be the reason for this song’s success. It does have a pretty cool boomy bass drum at points. History has not been kind to this track, which has subsequently appeared prominently on various “worst of…” lists. If anyone can explain this song’s appeal even for a single week at the top, I’m all ears.

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