The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

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?

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One Response to The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

  1. musicosity1 says:

    Hah, I knew you were a Flight of the Conchords fan! I thought “Boom” was a parody of typical cheapo reggae tracks, with their annoying coil reverb tricks, but certainly the lyrics fit the idiocy of Boom Boom Pow just as well. I can get into some BEP songs, but this one is the sort of mindless, un-melodic hip hop we’d managed to avoid for much of 2008 and early 2009. It appears to be about itself and the studio equipment and personnel used to produce it.

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