I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of pop music. Yeah, some of it can be rather fun to dance with, and I seem to end up learning all the lyrics without trying (must be because of their complexity, right?), but I find pop songs to be generally lacking in substance. That said, you do have to hand it to the writers – they’ve managed to create something so infectious that the masses can’t help but bop their heads along to the beat and maybe even develop massive crushes on teen-aged singers (who, me?) who are otherwise quite ordinary people (disregarding their fashion choices and ability to shake it like a salt shaker).
In any case, I think we can all agree that there is music out there with much more soul than Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi or Justin Bieber’s Baby; HOWEVER, last week a song came out that I just could not ignore: Last Friday Night (TGIF), by Katy Perry. I know, I know, it’s not much different from the aforementioned examples of soulless, life-sucking pop songs, so how is it better? I’m so glad you asked! Remember that god-awful auto-tuned-out-to-wazoo Youtube song Friday that turned poor 13 year old Rebecca Black into the laughingstock of the internetz, spiraling her into a realm of fame I don’t completely understand and reinforcing the idea that “any publicity is good publicity”? Yeah, well, guess where it landed her? Yep, in Katy Perry’s music video, as well as in the world in which Katy created for her alternate personality – Kathy Beth Terry.
In this new world, Rebecca Black is the coolest preteen on the block, and Kathy Beth is a headgear-sporting, glasses wearing nerd whose interests include Sudoku, her model of the solar system, and drooling over the hot jock in her class. One night, Kathy Beth is working hard on a Sudoku puzzle, when she is interrupted by the noise coming from across the street – Rebecca Black’s house. Watch the vid below to see what happens next!
This video also appeals to me because of all the 80s/90s cameos and style featured. See if you can spot all the celebs!