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LMFAO: The party keeps on rocking
Matt Sayles
LMFAO: The party keeps on rocking

F ive years after they started, and at least two years after they might reasonably have been consigned to the Right Said Fred novelty band scrap heap, party-rocking uncle-nephew duo LMFAO continue their strangely inexorable march to the top of the charts.

Redfoo, 36 (born Stefan Gordy), and SkyBlu, 25 (born Skyler Gordy), are the son and grandson of record industry heavyweight Berry Gordy. They have two full-length albums, including their latest, “Sorry for Party Rocking”; numerous hit singles; and one dance step, the shuffle, which they popularized but did not invent, to their credit. Their biggest hit, “Party Rock Anthem,” recently spent six weeks at No. 1, has sold more than 3 million digital copies and racked up more than 273 million (yes, million) hits on YouTube.

LMFAO makes “calculated party rock using the house and electro dance scene, with songs,” Redfoo says. Basically, they’re weed-and-women-loving faux doofuses with one eye on marketing opportunities (so far there’s a clothing line and a new DJ app) and another on the dance floor.

Phoning in from Dublin the night after LMFAO appeared at MTV’s EMA awards, Redfoo discussed partying with Justin Bieber (“went out and celebrated at the @LMFAO after party and did a little shufflin with the fellas. #goodtimes,” Bieber tweeted ), and the fallout from last year’s infamous Mitt Romney Incident, in which SkyBlu and the GOP hopeful tussled onboard a 2010 Air Canada flight after SkyBlu reclined his seat into Romney’s lap. Each side claimed the other had become violent. No charges were filed.

Q: Are you amazed at how far you’ve taken this whole thing?

A: Yeah. I could say I’m amazed. A lot of the stuff was like a dream. A very specific dream. We wanted to be the biggest in the world. We saw Michael Jackson and we said, we want to experience what it is to be Michael Jackson-esque. Just entertaining the people and making the world feel happy and dance. And so we focused on that.

Q: Do you think about mixing some more serious stuff in with the party stuff, or would that be too much of a risk?

A: Well, if you listen to some of our songs, they are kind of serious. Like (“Sorry” track) “Best Night,” a lot of people think that would be the greatest wedding song ever. And that would be okay with us, because a wedding is a party . . . And then we have “We Came Here to Party,” based on the Mitt Romney incident. (Afterward) both parties were fighting. Mitt Romney’s fans were attacking the LMFAO fans and the LMFAO fans were going back and forth. We’re basically saying, everyone’s a human and we all can get along, and how you do that is at the party, you know?

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