The Black Eyed Peas sure do enjoy life. Their brand new single “The Time (the dirty bit)” takes a sample of Dirty Dancing jam “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” — already one of pop history’s tastiest slices of cheese — and turns it into an even more over-the-top dance party. “‘Cause I’m! Having! A good! Time! With you!” chant the Peas in unison. At this point, it’s fair to wonder, are these guys and gal ever not having a good time?

This appears to be the first single from The Beginning, the Peas’ upcoming follow-up to last year’s smash The E.N.D. I’m a Peas fan, but I have to admit that “The Time” didn’t give me the same immediate euphoria I experienced upon first hearing “I Gotta Feeling” or “Boom Boom Pow.” Those songs made me feel like I’d never encountered anything quite so transportingly catchy; in this case, of course, we’ve all heard the original sample a billion times, and the Peas’ additions come straight from their playbook of the past 18 months. But so what? “The Time” still has “hit” written all over it. No one does mindless fizzy fun like the Black Eyed Peas, even when they’re possibly slightly treading water.

But what do you think? Take a listen to “The Time” after the jump and let us know how you like it.

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