Just Cause She Dance the Go-Go
Apparently, the ladies love songs about strippers falling in love. "Perfect Gentleman!!" they screamed at Wycleff Jean during his performance at the Saturn, Hurley, X Games 12 party (whew, that was a mouthful of sponsorship). And, ok, I was one of them. I think I've cried listening to that song. I don't know if it's when Cleff offers her 20 grand to show him a little more skin, or when he called up his mama and told her he's in love with a stripper yo, but something about the ditty is romantic, a Showgirls meets Cinderella story. So when Wycleff invited anyone who was game up on stage during that number, I jumped, literally, at the chance to shake it like I got no bones in my body and I was made to be a celebrity with him and a handful of hot chicks.
I have to admit, at first it was sad seeing Wycleff walk out down the runway, alone, with a big ass Saturn poster behind him. It felt a little "Spinal Tap and Puppet Show-ish." And then he performed "Ready or Not," with Lauren Hill's voice looped in the background, something about it was depressing, like watching an only child play with imaginary friends. Jean didn't seem to mind though, he just kept berating his roadies, and plugging Saturn.
Corporate sponsorship parties can make you a little sick, this one did have great food, great cocktails, but it also had a Hurley fashion show featuring models popping out of Saturn's new hybrid car, the effect of which was like watching an Old Navy ad, crossed with a circus, crossed with a Chevy Commercial (I will say Hurley's come a long way from surf trunks and bikinis). And of course there were performances by Djs, the guys who sing the theme song for The OC and Wycleff. Despite all the pushing of product, Wycleff gave it up, played Carnival, Guantanamera, he even performed cunnilingus on his guitar, and hip hopped our socks off— it was enough to make you forget you were in a parking lot behind the El Capitan.