Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island's raunchy video for "We're Back"

The male members of the comedic music group prepare for their 2nd album with a song about male members

By Drew Grant

Published April 4, 2011 7:20PM (EDT)

Andy Samberg: on a boat no longer.
Andy Samberg: on a boat no longer.

Look, if you're the type of person who accidentally clicked onto this post from a Glenn Greenwald article and are planning to leave an outraged comment about a write-up of a music video comprised entirely of dick jokes, let me save you some time with this pre-written form letter:

"How does this trash even make it on Salon's site? This is juvenile and deplorable, and frankly irresponsible when there are real issues going on in the world right now like _____ (insert your cause of choice). What a waste of my ____ (time/energy/life-force). If this is what passes for newsworthy these days, then I might as well _____ (go read The Huffington Post/ read The New York Post/ move to Canada)."

Cool. For everyone else who is not enraged by the presence of The Lonely Island (the comedic hip-hop trio of "Saturday Night Live's" Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma and Taccone), their latest video "We're Back" is worth talking about, if only to debate its relative merits in regards to the group's other classics like "I'm on a Boat," "Jizz in my Pants," and "Dick in a Box."

"We're Back" is the first non-"SNL" video released by Lonely Island since they announced May 10th as the release date of their second album, "Turtleneck and Chains." I guess Andy and co. were worried that their fans would think they've gotten too famous to write songs entirely about their flaccid, stinky penises, and penned this single to show everyone that they haven't sold out, despite being "Grammy-nominated" and "getting paid too much money for this shit."

It's not as catchy as some of their other work, but does do an interesting job subverting the standard conventions of hip-hop like the boasting of sexual prowess, claims of authenticity ("We started this fake rap shit!" yells Jorma at one point), and allusions to "murdercore" (Akiva gives a sandwich to a homeless man, which "just sounds like a nice thing to do").

It's cute, but we've seen better from these guys. Dick jokes are fine, but they belong in one specific box, and we've already heard that song.

Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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