The lessons of "My Humps"

Fergie loves Alanis Morissette's spoof of the chart-topping grindathon. Maybe her next tune will be a little less ... lumpy.

Published April 13, 2007 9:30PM (EDT)

Alanis Morissette's cheeky remake of the Black Eyed Peas song "My Humps" has been an unquestionable YouTube hit -- the video has racked up nearly 5 million views so far. Morissette's cover turns the noisome song into a whiny ballad and features Morissette sucker-punching men who try to touch her, um, humps. As noted in Salon last week, the video is hilarious, and a nice surprise coming from the ordinarily angsty Canadian singer.

The slow tempo of Morissette's version means you can actually hear the song's lyrics, like "What chu gonna do with all that breast/ All that breast inside that shirt?" Morissette answers the man who poses this question with a swift kick to the groin.

To her credit, Peas singer Fergie enjoyed the joke. People magazine reported this week that she sent Morissette a hump-shaped cake, along with a note proclaiming Morissette a genius.

Does this mean that there is a chance that Fergie will think twice before recording another song that sets back feminism half a century? (Or at least back to the days of Phyllis Dillon, the Queen of Rocksteady, who warbled "Please mister, don't you touch me tomato/ Touch me on me pumpkin, potato" in 1967?) We wouldn't bet on it; Fergie's latest solo album, "The Dutchess," has been on the Billboard 200 for the past 29 weeks, and 1,677,716 copies have sold. Considering the industrywide decline in album sales, Fergie's success probably lets us in for more poetry like "The boys they wanna sex me/ Always dancing next to me ... You can look but you can't touch it/ If you touch it I'm a start some drama." I'm about to start some drama myself.

By Raquel Hecker

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