“The Thong Song” – Sisqó‘s ode to sexy g-strings and the women who wear them – was a generation-defining hit when it debuted at the turn of the millennium. It’s catchy, infection fun – sexy without being explicate – perfect for middle school dances and late night karaoke. But did you know its surprisingly sophisticated melody contains inverted, demodulated elements of the Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” the “Star Wars” theme song, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Flight of The Bumblebee”? True story!
Sisqó spoke to HuffPo about writing his timeless masterpiece:
“When you listen to it, you open up a time capsule,” he said. “I was thinking about that when I made it. That’s why we use those classical strings in the beginning. Much like the Renaissance period of art and music […] that music and art is still appreciated today. I thought, let’s put a little classical air in this music. Hide some music within the gimmick, so the music will last longer than the gimmick.”
Yes, it is a ONE FOR THE AGES. To be enjoyed for generations to come. There’s been a debate, though, raging on Urban Dictionary since 2004 about a particular Sisqó lyric. Ah yes, the enigmatic “dumps like a truck.” What exactly does it mean?
There seem to be two leading camps on the subject. One believes the phrase is synonymous with “junk in the trunk,” i.e. a big ass. The other (what you might call the underdog camp) is convinced the turn of phrase is an expression for taking a large, truck-sized dump; a term used to describe a lady who drops a hefty deuce. I raised these two options to Sisqó.
The line, he guarantees, is not about poop. “That would mean I was some kind of fecal freak,” he said. “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.”
Watch the timeless masterpiece below.