I love following pop culture blogs. It’s interesting to see the things they talk about. Unless it’s about reality television and its stars. That immediately loses my attention. But there are some blogs, like one I read today that has gems every now and again.
Reading one of my regular ones had a throwback song post today and the song was Eddie Murphy’s “Party All The Time”. I hit the floor laughing. I haven’t heard that song in years. I’m surprised that A. people remember it, B. people actually HAVE it, and C. That Eddie hasn’t had all traces of the song wiped off the face of the earth.
The song is not good by any stretch of the imagination. Yet it wasn’t godawful. It has a place in my heart as one of the most hilarious and unnecessary pieces of music to ever be penned. It gives me a case of the gigglesnorts every time I hear it. Why, Eddie? Why? You had to know this is something you had no business doing.
The best part is the fact that Rick James was involved in both the song AND was in the video. Rick James, bitch! Who is probably in the afterlife laughing his ass off because he pulled the biggest practical joke on one of the funniest comedians at the time. This had to have been before the drugs got too bad. Cocaine may be a hell of a drug, but no person strung out on that stuff could possibly pull off something so devious intentionally.
The video. There are no words. It’s just…To me, it’s the perfect representation of art imitating life imitating art. Professional music studio techs chilling out in a studio with Rick James and his groupies, letting a person rock the mic that has no business being there, but they’re just there for the check or possibly in on the aforementioned joke. It’s pretty bland though. It’s so dated you can tell it’s from the 80s because of the clothes and the hair. Eddie’s lip syncing is hilarity in and of itself. But other than that the video isn’t that spectacular.
I have to say though, I do have a soft spot for this song. I’d probably sing it in public just to see who’d get it and give me funny looks. That would be pretty nifty. If you never heard it before, listen to it. You might like it. You might be horrified. But understand, for those of us that came up with it, this is musical Stockholm Syndrome at it’s most epic.