On this week’s edition of My 8th Grade iPod we have “Don’t Trust Me” by the electronic music duo 3OH!3. This song was released in 2008, and everybody liked it. Even if you didn’t like it, you pretended you did, because the lyrics were edgy and offensive and if you didn’t like it you were lame.
What is it about?
In “Don’t Trust Me,” the narrator describes his relationship with a rich woman in an abusive relationship who has a drinking problem. The narrator refuses to trust her because she won’t trust him.
Why did I like it?
I solely liked the song for its chorus, which was incredibly catchy. The lyrics, however, never really resonated me, and I always felt uncomfortable when the song’s bridge came on: “Shush, girl, shut your lips/Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips.” My friends would chant the shit out of this part at middle school dances, but I always felt guilty about sexualizing a saint of a woman who was both deaf and blind. I’ve come around on it, though. What better way to immortalize the first deaf and blind woman to earn a Bachelor’s degree than to give her props for her twerking game? It’s simply factual. As a woman who could not see or hear, Helen Keller most certainly had a substantially heightened sense of touch. No doubt she could throw those hips back as smoothly as a finger across a line of Braille.
How does it hold up over time?
Decently. Although the lyrics are still mostly cringeworthy, the chorus remains one of the catchiest electronic rock hooks of the 2000s. I worked in a dish room in college and we had a huge speaker that we could play music on. I played this song once and all the other students working collectively went “Oh, shit.” A couple minutes later not a single person wasn’t at least mouthing the chorus. My boss, of course, had to walk in right during the Helen Keller part and just stood there gaping at America’s future, looking like he wanted to put himself through the industrial dishwasher. This was in 2016–so I think it speaks to the impact the song had when it was first released. I highly doubt that this song could have be released without generating significant controversy today–it probably wouldn’t even get radio play. But it will forever be a staple of the late 2000s: it was corny, it was offensive, and it was fun.