Music has always been a big part of the experience of seeing Blue Man Group. From their deconstruction of golden oldies like "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane to their own sonic confections, they've marched - well, maybe not "marched" but they've certainly moved, in many confounding ways - to their own pounding, whimsical beats. Now, though, the Blue Men have gone mainstream. They've written a booty song.
"Shake Your Euphemism" is the troupe's tribute to that most dance-happy part of the human body, the posterior. The derriere. The body part with enough euphemisms to fill a whole song. (For the record, I once heard a piece of experimental classical music whose text consisted solely of euphemisms for the male sexual organ... from the time of the American Revolution. It went on for nearly five minutes.) And to make it even more challenging, the group used only "family friendly" euphemisms.
Those include "hind quarters, backside, bottom, buttocks, junk in the trunk, badonkadonk, squash tart, fanny, double slug, wiggle bags, mud flaps, rump rockets, flesh pot, second face, bounce house, jiggle twins, bubble pop, medicine ball, sonic boom, sit biscuit, mumbler, rock tumbler, fun cooker, sub woofer, horn section, launch pad, Mothra, Outback, the closer, crockpot, jumbotron, waffle iron, booty, happy walrus with no tusks, George Foreman grill, dinner with Andre, place where all the burritos go, giant fluffy bears, Minneapolis & St Paul, flab cabbage, bun puppets, Gigantor, two mounds of mischief, wiggle monkeys, gripper, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, hipster, El Diablo, Canada, gelatinous Avatar, flubber chunks, pants pillows, growing personal following, boomwhacker, reporter at large, and your flounder that’s rounder than a giant quarter pounder."
Now, a list like that will certainly provoke responses. While I am happy to see "badonkadonk" getting its just due, I am shocked - shocked! I tell you - that "moneymaker" is missing. Have these people never heard of Elmore James? "Ass" is missing too. But not to worry; the Blue Man Group is running a contest where you can submit your favorite bootylicious euphemism. Winner gets a trip to Vegas, blah blah blah, and the euphemism makes it into the song. So enter if you want, though personally, I don't think I could top "your flounder that’s rounder than a giant quarter pounder."
But I will pose this question: what's your favorite song about that particular part of our anatomy? Elmore James's "Shake Your Money Maker" is a classic; so is the later "Shake Your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine Band. But there are tons of other songs in this venerable musical tradition that Blue Man Group is now adding on to. So, tell us your favorite rump rhapsody!
John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.