(Now that we all get Comedy Central in Bombay stuff like this will probably make a lot more sense all around, remember I’m on a Boat?) My buddy the radio DJ Nadir Khan just sent me this video and I fell off the sofa laughing :) You gotta give it up for Michael Bolton, dude’s a good sport!
“Jack Sparrow” is a song by American comedy troupe The Lonely Island featuring singer-songwriter Michael Bolton. The song and music video debuted on Saturday Night Live as an SNL Digital Short on May 7, 2011. The plot follows the troupe inviting Bolton to work on a new hip hop track, in which the members rap about meeting at a club and taking women home. Bolton essentially ruins the musicians’ song by instead singing choruses about his favorite movies. The song, which primarily alludes to the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, also contains references to Forrest Gump, Erin Brockovich, Scarface, and Jerry Maguire.
The track was written by The Lonely Island during the production process of their second album, Turtleneck & Chain, in the summer of 2010. With an initial premise concluded, the members settled on contacting Bolton to make an appearance for the track. The trio relentlessly begged Bolton, who was initially uneasy to commit due to the track’s coarse language.
The video was uploaded to YouTube where it soon became an online sensation. It quickly rose to be the most viewed video of the day on the site within two days. On December 20, 2011, YouTube announced that it is the third most viewed video on YouTube in 2011.