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Redfoo, "Sexy and I Know It"

LMFAO was an electro pop group consisting of Redfoo and Skyblu (respectively Stefan Kendal Gordy and his 10-years-younger half-nephew Skyler Austen Gordy). The group was originally created in 2006, and named "Sexe Dude", but they changed it on advice from their grandmother.

In 2011 their single "Party Rock Anthem" hit the charts, peaking at number one. The group proved to be popular enough to get a quick cameo in Madonna's Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

The duo announced an indefinite hiatus in 2012.

"Party Troping":

  • Affectionate Parody: A running theme is taking everything they love about party music and pushing it to absurd levels with just a touch of self-awareness.
  • Attentive Shade Lowering: In "I'm Sexy and I Know It," a guy lowers his shades while awkwardly looking at the band making their entrance on the beach.
  • Auto-Tune: Almost all of the vocals on "Champagne Showers".
  • Band of Relatives: Redfoo is Skyblu's paternal half-uncle, and he party rocks like the best of them. (Redfoo's father/Skyblu's grandfather is Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown.)
  • Boastful Rap: Tons of them, including "Yes", "Sexy and I Know It", etc.
  • Bowdlerize:
    • "I'm in Miami Trick" is not the song's real name.
    • Most of their references to fellatio, etc. get censored for airplay, but somehow entire songs about hard drinking and partying are okay.
  • The Cameo: Most prevalent in "Sexy and I Know It" with Wilmer Valderama and Ron Jeremy. "Yes" also has a major appearance by Jamie Foxx.
  • Catchphrase: They use the phrase "Party Rocking" everywhere (both album titles, some of their songs, their clothing line...).
  • City Shout Outs: The Bowdlerized version "I'm In Miami Trick" had an album's worth of changing the city name.
  • Cool Shades: Redfoo tends to wear them most of the time.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The end of the music video for "Sorry For Party Rocking" leads up to the beginning of the music video for "Party Rock Anthem".
    • Then the video for "Champagne Showers" seems to pick up at some point after the video for "Party Rock Anthem".
  • Europeans Are Kinky:
    In Europe, they show titties all the time...
  • Expy: The guy at the beginning of "Party Rock Anthem" looks like Another businessman facing zombies.
  • Fan Disservice: The video for "Sexy and I Know It", especially Ron Jeremy.
  • Fanservice: Just about any of their videos contains plenty of barely-clothed women, but especially the videos for "Shots" and "Sexy And I Know It".
  • Fan Vid: "Sexy and I know it" is very popular for fans' re-cut videos.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot:
    And that's what I'm talking about,
    Two girls at the club, mouth to mouth...
  • Hidden Depths: Redfoo is a former stock market day trader and once appeared on Mad Money with Jim Cramer. He is also an avid Tennis fan, going so far as to sponsor the prize money for some of the WTA tournaments in 2012. In unrelated news, he revealed he was romantically involved with world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka in January 2013.
  • Hipster:
    • Skyblu describes his entire shtick as being "dressed like it's the 80s".
    • There's also the song "Lil' Hipster Girl".
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Which are even for sale!
  • Irony: Tons of it, to the point that their entire first album was accused of being a Stealth Parody. You didn't seriously think they sat around all day drinking Corona with bikini models, did you?
  • Legacy Character: The cardboard box robot head is typically played by a different person for every video.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Shots".
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The ten-minute music video for "Yes" makes curling look (more) like Serious Business while the song brags about life as a celebrity. What's not awesome about that?
  • Ode to Intoxication: Shots.
  • Older Than They Look: With the group being popular in 2012, fans can be forgiven for thinking LMFAO are young bucks. However Redfoo was born in 1975 and already approaching 40 by then.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The shuffling zombies in the music video for "Party Rock Anthem", of the Plague (the actual song being the plague), Revenant (not prone to have body parts falling apart) and the Technically Living (they aren't (un)dead) types.
  • Product Placement: In "Sorry for Party Rocking", "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It", you'll see Beats by Dr. Dre headphones/earphones at least once.
  • Proud Beauty: "Sexy and I Know It" is this trope in song form.
  • Recurring Character: Alongside the cardboard head shuffling robot, there are a few other people that appear alongside the band. A guy wearing a "HI MOM!" shirt, a man wearing a large Q necklace, and the turtle backpack shuffler are the most prominent.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Reversed in their case, since Redfoo tends to be the more reserved one and Skyblu dresses more outrageously.
  • Refuge in Audacity: And how. Pretty much every video (and song, for that matter) fits this trope.
  • Shout-Out
    • In "Party Rock Anthem."
    On the rise to the top, no lead in our zeppelin
    • Also, in the music video for "Sorry For Party Rocking", there is a guy in an ambulance with—wait for it—an arrow in his knee.
    • "Every day I'm shuffling" is one to Rick Ross' "Hustlin'".
  • Silly Love Songs: "La La La", "Scream My Name", "Lil' Hipster Girl".
  • Singer Namedrop: In "With You" and "Sexy and I Know It."
  • Sole Survivor: The Louis Expy from "Party Rock Anthem" is the only character who escapes infection during the video.
  • Stealth Parody: "I'm In Miami Bitch"
  • Technically-Living Zombie: Inspired by 28 Days Later and Left 4 Dead, the music video for "Party Rock Anthem" has music-crazed "shufflers."note 
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: The rival gang leader in "Sexy and I Know It", pushing Redfoo off the bar and taking over the chorus.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    Girl, you hot, your body's on fuego
    We fit together like we was two Legos
  • Vocal Tag Team
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • By the end of the video for "Party Rock Anthem", the story that zombie dancers have taken over is never resolved.
    • In the video for "Champagne Showers", it's revealed that Redfoo and Sky Blu have become Shufflin' Zombies, and are now looking for the "perfect party". This leads them to one thrown by Femme Fatale vampires, and thrown by Natalia Kills.