Jizz in My Pants

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"Jizz in My Pants"
Single by The Lonely Island
from the album Incredibad
Released December 6, 2008 (2008-12-06)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Comedy hip hop, dirty rap, electro
Length 2:31
Label Universal Republic Records
Writer(s) Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
Producer(s) Prime
The Lonely Island singles chronology
"Dick in a Box"
(2006)
"Jizz in My Pants"
(2008)
"I'm on a Boat"
(2009)

"Jizz in My Pants" (known in the edited version as "J*** in My Pants") is a SNL Digital Short which aired on Saturday Night Live on December 6, 2008 and YouTube on the same day. It serves as the music video for the first single from The Lonely Island's debut album, Incredibad.[1] The video stars The Lonely Island members Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and, briefly, Akiva Schaffer, and also features guest appearances by Justin Timberlake (who had also appeared in "Dick in a Box"), Molly Sims and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. "Jizz in My Pants" has been viewed over 132 million times on YouTube, as of March 2014, outviewing OK Go's popular treadmill music video, "Here It Goes Again", in less than six months.

The video's availability on YouTube is due to its publishing by The Lonely Island (and later Universal Republic in an edited version) instead of Saturday Night Live. SNL had previously posted its own videos on YouTube, but removed its channel when Hulu.com was created.[2]

Background and music video[edit]

"Jizz in My Pants" was written by The Lonely Island during the summer of 2008. The comedy troupe rented a house in Los Angeles and created a makeshift studio where they would record songs.[3] The music video was filmed in early September 2008, the week before the 34th season of Saturday Night Live premiered. The Lonely Island did not originally intend for it to actually be aired on the show, but the positive reactions by fellow cast and crew members persuaded them to change their minds.[4]

The singing is done in soft British RP accents in the style the Pet Shop Boys and their song "West End Girls", with Samberg additionally comparing the beat to the works of producer Timbaland. The video opens with Samberg in a night club singing as he is about to hit on a girl (Molly Sims). They head to her apartment, but as they share a kiss in the hallway outside her door he ejaculates, or "jizzes", prematurely. He refuses to apologize, saying it would be "absurd" and blames the girl for overstimulating him by touching his buttocks. Taccone is then shown in a grocery store (where Justin Timberlake makes a cameo appearance as a janitor) conversing with a check-out girl (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), but jizzes in his pants as well when she asks, "Cash or credit?" He then decides to pay by check.

Samberg then exits a movie theater when the discovery of a missed cellphone call from the girl he met at the club causes him to prematurely ejaculate. In another scene, Taccone is seen driving a Mercedes-Benz while listening to the radio, when a song begins to play that reminds him of the check-out girl, causing him to "jizz" in his pants yet again. Samberg and Taccone then sing about how easily they "jizz in [their] pants" from stimuli such as an alarm clock, opening a window, the twist ending of The Sixth Sense, and simply eating a grape. They explain that merely being adjacent to women causes them to ejaculate, which, they lament, necessitates the constant wearing of condoms under their boxer shorts. Akiva Schaffer can be seen in the background at various times as the disc jockey.[5]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

A number of commentators enjoyed "Jizz in My Pants". Jennifer Maerz of SF Weekly felt the video was "funny in a totally moronic way," describing it as "pure electro-trash" with "douchebag clothes, attitudes, and beats".[6] Mickey O'Connor of TV Guide liked the song's "clever lyrics" which "brilliantly satirize the pompous chill of '90s synth rock.'"[7] The New York Observer writer Christopher Rosen described the video as "awesomely catchy", in contrast to the rest of the SNL episode, which he felt was not very good.[8]

"Jizz in My Pants" reception was not all positive, however. Jerry Portwood of New York Press compared the video unfavorably to the work of "Weird Al" Yankovic. The video did not satisfy him "beyond a few chuckles." Portwood preferred Yankovic's ability to parody current events and pop culture, dissecting "what was actually manipulative and mind-numbing about popular music and the market as a whole". He wrote that Samberg, in contrast, sticks to "safe and, ultimately, ineffective parody."[9]

Commercial[edit]

The track sold 76,000 downloads in its first two weeks of availability.[10] The song has gone Gold in Australia with sales in excess of 35,000.

The video was published first on YouTube along with most of Lonely Island's works. As of May 2013, "Jizz in My Pants" has been watched over 126 million times, making it the 38th most viewed video on YouTube and Lonely Island's second most popular video ever, coming after "I Just Had Sex ft. Akon".

It is also the 30th most liked video on YouTube as of May 2013.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 10
Canadian Hot 100 52
New Zealand Singles Chart 35
UK Singles Chart 183
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 72

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
Australia Gold[11] 35,000+
US Gold[12] 500,000+
CAN Gold[13] 20,000+

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (2009) Position
Australian Singles Chart 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (December 8, 2008). "'J In My Pants': The resurgence of Jamie-Lynn Sigler". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (December 8, 2008). "J— in My Pants has SNL Back On YouTube. Sort Of.". NewTeeVee.com. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ Heisler, Steve. "The Lonely Island | Music | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Gil (December 11, 2008). "'SNL' Star Andy Samberg Recruits T-Pain, Justin Timberlake, Norah Jones For New Album". MTV. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jizz In My Pants". The Lonely Island. YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  6. ^ Maerz, Jennifer (December 12, 2008). "Electro-Stupidity: Jizzing with SNL". SF Weekly. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  7. ^ O'Connor, Mickey (December 9, 2008). "Mega Buzz on CSI, Lost, Big Bang, CSI: NY, Gossip & More!". TV Guide. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  8. ^ Rosen, Christopher (December 8, 2008). "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Goes Online; Will It Get Viral?". The New York Observer. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  9. ^ Portwood, Jerry (December 7, 2008). "Samberg & Co. Don't Compare to Weird Al as Song Satirists". New York Press. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  10. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (January 17, 2009), "WORLDWIDE 'PANTS'". Billboard. 121 (2):35
  11. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association
  12. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://cria.ca/gold/0709_g.php

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