First Hit #1: April 18, 2009
I remember the first time I heard Boom Boom Pow. I was driving home from work, and I was reminded of the Flight of the Conchords’ song Boom, which was a Black Eyed Peas parody which deliberately tried to write a song where most of the lyrics were Boom. That song came first, and then BEP did the same thing. At that moment, driving by the local hospital, I realized suddenly that the Black Eyed Peas had suddenly become a parody of themselves.
Boom Boom Pow has more problems than just being based around the word Boom for the most part. It’s also coated in unnecessary auto-tune – Fergie can sing, she doesn’t need to sound like a robot with a head cold – it’s incredibly simplistic, copying an idea that was specifically parodying the group, the beat is a mess of glitchy nonsense, and it completely wears out its welcome by the one minute mark. It’s absolutely terrible as a song.
It also was the most successful single of the year and lead to an entire summer dominated by the Black Eyed Peas, so what do I know?