Having made their name on such SNL digital shorts as “D*** in a Box” and “Lazy Sunday,” the trio (which includes Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) has revealed “Spring Break Anthem,” the first single from their upcoming third full-length The Wack Album.
The video is part of “Wack Wednesdays,” a weekly YouTube series the Lonely Island will use to debut new songs until the album is released.
“Spring Break Anthem” gets a high-profile intro, with comedian Zach Galifianakis “interviewing” actor James Franco as part of his Between Two Ferns parody talk show on Funny or Die.
After Galifianakis peppers Franco with condescending questions (“127 Hours. Is that how many hours you look at yourself in the mirror per day?”), the Lonely Island is introduced as the musical guest.
Invoking the Beastie Boys’ 1986 debut Licensed to Ill and with a nod to Franco’s recent turn as ‘Alien’ in the movie Spring Breakers, the video is loaded with typical spring break imagery, like dancing girls in bikinis and guys doing tequila shots and drawing on passed-out pals.
Amidst the college debauchery, the video also expands on a random joke from the Between Two Ferns intro involving actor Ed Norton into a full-blown subplot regarding same-sex marriage. It’s a wry but effective commentary neatly tucked into the outrageous party clip.