Pharrell Williams has reunited with his N.E.R.D bandmates for the first time in four years to collaborate on “Squeeze Me,” a song featured on the upcoming soundtrack for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The official release date for the single “Squeeze Me” is January 5, 2015. The preview was posted Friday by NewRapMusicDaily. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will hit theaters Feb. 6, 2015.
This is not the first children’s animated venture for Pharrell Wiliams. He experienced tremendous success for scoring the movie Despicable Me 2, which included the Grammy-nominated hit “Happy.” The song was a phenomenon and became one of the most-played songs of 2014. “Happy” is the No. 1 hit of 2014 on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 chart.
N.E.R.D. member Chad Hugo spoke to Variety about working on a SpongeBob Squarepants song, “We’re trying not to think too much in a cartoon sense, but more just like a psychedelic, otherworldy type of thing. If you want to draw a parallel, maybe think of what the Beatles did with ‘Yellow Submarine.’”
N.E.R.D is best known for their songs “Rock Star,” “Hot N Fun,” and the raunchy favorite “Lapdance.” A song completely inappropriate for their new target audience of Despicable Me 2 and SpongeBob Squarepants fans. N.E.R.D.’s last album, Nothing, was released in 2010. However last month during Pharrell’s all-star set at the Odd Future’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, the group did reunite on-stage when Williams brought out Hugo and Haley to join him for their band’s 2002 hit “Rock Star.”
“There’s always a flow to human activity. If you stare out at it long enough you can see where it’s going, but you don’t have to go where it goes, that’s the beauty of life,” said Williams to Variety. “You can go wherever you want to go. As long as you’re armed with that information and remain curious, you can do some really interesting things.”
Pharrell Williams reinvented himself and his career as a music producer during the band’s hiatus by working on some of today’s top hits. His handiwork can be found all over the charts on songs such as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” He is also one of the coaches on this season of The Voice.
Pharrell Williams, 41, was bestowed with one of the highest honors in show business on Dec. 4, 2014, when he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also won four Grammys last January. “When people think categorically, their work becomes categorical,” said Williams. “I love for songs to be heavier in emotion than in sound.”
Williams explained how emotions are important his song writing process, “First you go about finding that one spark of inspiration, that one thing. And what happens is, whatever entry point that is, whether it’s an entry into a melody, or a word, or a chord structure, or a beat pattern, whatever it is, there’s always a door there. While you chase through the highways of the melody, the music comes to you. Eventually the feeling of the melody tells you there’s an important connotation here. Those connotations could be happy or sad, or emotional, or betrayed, sexy, whatever it is, it tells you what you’re gonna need. It directs you to start building until it’s done.