Flashback Friday: Sisqo "Thong Song"
Today’s Flashback Friday is “Thong Song” in honor of Sisqo who was born on this day back in 1978. The singer, whose real name is Mark Andrews, grew up in Baltimore, MD and became the lead singer of the successful R&B group, Dru Hill.
On November 30, 1999, he released his first solo album, Unleash the Dragon, during Dru Hill’s hiatus. The effort included the hugely popular track “Thong Song.” It was like an anthem for people on Spring Break everywhere and is credited with boosting the sales of thong style underwear. The album went on to sell four million copies in the United States alone.
Since then, Sisqo has never been able to recapture that level of successful. His last album, 2008’s Last Dragon, which was to be the final instalment in his musical trilogy, was never released. He then appeared on CMT’s reality show, Gone Country, which is about artists from other genres trying to win a country music recording contract (ouch!).
Dru Hill was supposed to go on tour with Tony! Toni! Toné!, Bell Biv Devoe and Keith Sweat (their former producer) but things unfortunately unraveled. In the middle of an interview to promote their reunion, Woody Rock announced he was quitting the group again to dedicate himself to his gospel ministry. At this point, Woody and Nokio engaged in a fight while Jazz tried to break it up and a video that once streamed online showed Sisqo simply walking out of the studio.
More recently, he appeared on the UK reality show, Celebrity Big Brother, back in 2010 but he ended up being the fifth housemate to be evicted.