If it weren’t for “Thong Song,” Sisqo would have never had a career. These are just facts. The R&B crooner, who was 22 when the song first hit radio waves, is one of the most renowned one-hit wonders on the planet. But he’s a smart one.
Instead of resting on his laurels like all of the one-hit wonders before him, the 38-year-old decided to wring his stupid song for all its worth by satiating millennials’ thirst for nostalgia. As if answering our collective prayers, Sisqo has released a new EDM version of the song that launched him into the spotlight.
The official video, released Tuesday, could serve as a visual representation of summer, just like the original had done before it. For instance, it features beautiful women–who were probably three-years-old when the song was released in 1999–singing along, a bikini fashion show, a glow-in-the-dark roller disco and lots and lots of butts. If I weren’t so fond of them, I’d say there were too many butts. Less convivial, the video serves as a chilling reminder of how long ago 1999 was. Despite his best efforts–the man can dance–Sisqo’s looking old.
The last we heard from the Grammy-nominated singer was roughly one year ago, when Sisqo was asked to articulate what the metaphor in his lyric “dumps like a truck” actually described. Many speculated the phrase was synonymous with “junk in the trunk” while others took the expression a little more literally, assuming Sisqo’s muse takes truck-sized dumps. The line, he guarantees, is not about poop. “That would mean I was some kind of fecal freak,” he said.
The answer was far more disappointing. “What I was really referring to was ― a dump truck when it backs up, it’s like, ‘beep, beep beep.’ So, ‘she had dumps like a dump truck’ is, like, when girls do a booty dance move and they look back at their butt. She’s like a dump truck back-back-backing it up.”
Listen to Sisqo’s “Thong Song” remake below, or just put in on mute and appreciate the visuals.