June 10, 2021
One song that has taken root in my brain over the past three weeks is “Famous5Eva”, the theme song for the Peacock series “Girls5Eva”. “Famous5eva” is the token hit of fictional girl group Girls5eva, and the song that reignites the career of successful wonders when sampled by a viral rapper named Lil Stinker. (This reminds him of his mother’s “titties,” according to his reasoning for sampling the song.)
“Famous5eva” is a perfect fictional pop song, both as a pastiche hit from the 1990s and as an example of the very zany, very sweet world-building that takes place in “Girls5Eva”. If something like “30 Rock’s” “Muffin Top” – an equally absurd and contagious song – was meant to be a laughing stock, a vanity project by Jenna Maroney, it’s actually a song that a band like Atomic Kitten (remember?) Singing with a few tweaks.