|Single by Sisqó|
|from the album Unleash the Dragon|
|Released||December 31, 1999 (original)
February 15, 2000 (US)
|Producer(s)||Tim & Bob|
|Sisqó singles chronology|
"Thong Song" is a song recorded by American R&B artist Sisqó. It was released on February 2000 as the second single from Sisqó's 1999 solo debut LP Unleash the Dragon. "Thong Song" garnered 4 Grammy nominations and numerous other awards as well. The song peaked at number one on Billboard Rhythmic top 40 chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100, Sisqó's second highest-peaking hit behind "Incomplete". It was a major success worldwide as well, reaching the top ten throughout European charts and reached number three in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Denmark. The song also topped the charts in New Zealand.
The song was written and produced by Sisqó, and Tim & Bob, a duo which consists of Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson. Songwriters Desmond Child and Draco Rosa receive songwriting credit because of the interpolation of part of their composition, "Livin' la Vida Loca" (originally recorded by Ricky Martin), in the song's lyrics. The strings heard throughout the song, performed for the record by violinist Bruce Dukov, are inspired by Wes Montgomery's cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby".
The alternate version, the official remix to the original version, "Thong Song Uncensored" (which has no explicit adult language), features a guest rap from Foxy Brown in the spot where Sisqó whispers the main verse for the third time, and is included on the soundtrack for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. A second, more urban-themed,[clarification needed] video was shot for the remix by Little X.
The video was released in 2000. Set in Miami, Sisqó goes to the beach from his home to participate in a Spring Break party with a large number of young women who are generally wearing bikinis and thongs, with the exception of one female who wears a g-string. There are also scenes with Sisqo and his backup dancers driving a Bentley Azure down the Florida keys and cameos from the other three members of Sisqó's group Dru Hill, Method Man, Redman, Ja Rule and LL Cool J. Sisqó proceeds to perform acrobatic feats atop the crowd that contradict the laws of physics, culminating in a stage performance lit with blacklights and an orchestra in the background. The whole video, being cuts between Sisqó and barely clad women, drew minor criticism for exploiting women as sex objects, and was credited for starting a new wave of "booty" videos. The director of the video, Joseph Kahn, was quoted as saying, "I listen to 'Thong Song', and I say, 'Well, this song is about asses.' So you can either accept it and do something like I did, or you can go and try and turn the 'Thong Song' into some kind of Chemical Brothers video and make it all pretentious; about some fucking communist upheaval or something. Let's just relax and make a booty video, and let's make a really good one, and make it fun."
Alternate version with Foxy Brown
After giving a radio interview with Nokio and Jazz of Dru Hill in his home town of Baltimore, Sisqó escapes from a group of fans with the help of Foxy Brown to a fashion show, where models strut in sexy costumes, which (again) all consist of bikinis just as in the original video, this time for the exception of two females who did sport thongs. The video also features a cameo by professional wrestler Big Show. The song was done for the soundtrack of Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. The video was directed by Little X.
Charts and sales
End of year charts
|RIANZ (New Zealand)
number one single
28 May 2000 (1 week)
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