We live in a time of endless remakes, reboots, and franchises, so how can we be surprised that Sisqó made a 2017 remix of the "Thong Song" with the Norwegian DJ group JCY? Yes, both the video and the song's obsession are not 100 percent great. If you're a woman, you might feel reduced to nothing more than two gorgeous cheeks with a string between them. No male presence in this song is after you for your mind or your witty dinner party repartee. This is not going to be the anthem the next Women's March takes place to. But all the same, much like the original, it's a little difficult to resist this track.
Sure, it's definitely lacking that wistful violin backing, but what it lacks in melancholic opening it compensates for in the build, giving the 1999 classic a 2017 EDM twist. "I’ve been asked so many times over the years to make a new version of ‘Thong Song,’ and I have declined every time until I heard the new version that JCY did. I thought it was dope and figured maybe it was time to put some new rims on the Bugatti," Sisqó told BuzzFeed about the JCY collaboration with the sort of quiet confidence you might expect the man behind the biggest butt anthem since "Baby Got Back" to have.
And we should take the 38-year-old at his word. At the time of writing, the Norwegian producers JCY had a mere 51 followers on Twitter. Clearly, he's doing this for the unbridled love of the remix, not as a bid for public attention (presumably, if he had, he would have collaborated with someone of Diplo's level of fame and social media stature).
For all those doubters, it's important to stress that this isn't some lazy recycle. The central tension of the original song was that contrast between the subject matter, i.e. the beauty of butts, and those gently wistful minor chords. It's got a completely different quality to the original. The dancey-er aspect makes it sunnier, lighter. The softening of the vocals and the big beats makes it a little bouncier (appropriately enough, given the subject). It's a lot to handle all at once.
So, no wonder Twitter is full of people losing their minds over the greatness of the 2017 take on "The Thong Song."
new thong song is the most important thing to happen in months (besides tim allen coming back to illinois)— Jess Choragwicki (@jesschoragwicki) July 19, 2017
It's something about the stroke of that violin in the Thong Song and how passionate Sisqo was when he sang the song that forever drew me in— Jacklyn Sweet (@iam_JackieSweet) July 19, 2017
I actually like the thong song 2017 lol— 💕Kismet💕 (@_JustKismet) July 19, 2017
And no wonder that the Huffington Post is arguing his Unleash The Dragon classic is "sexier than ever before," while Buzzfeed claims it "might be something you end up playing on repeat over and over all summer long." It's the perfect audio partner for a summer in which Harper's Bazaar has already declared thong bikinis the look of the season.
Still, while risking post-ocean sandy cheeks isn't everyone's idea of a good time, this song is — problematic lyrics and all. Nostalgia goggles are firmly on.