Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

First Hit #1: August 27, 2011

Now on the Katy Perry list of things that are great, poor decision making! It’s not quite as unabashedly enthusiastic as some of her other singles from Teenage Dream, since it does at least admit that it’s portrait of cartoonish hedonism might not necessarily be a great thing, but then it goes “we’ll do it all again!” so whatever lessons learned from lyrics about headaches and memory loss didn’t stick. It’s not to be taken seriously though, it’s almost a parody of your average song about insane partying, going off on goofy, glitter-caked misadventures because it sounds more fun than it actually is. It’s catchy enough and Perry is clearly trying to make a song version of a mad partying movie, channeling ’80s teen comedy much more than she’s influenced by any real party she may have actually attended.

It’s equally notable for its video, which is chock full of jokes that Perry’s teenage fans would not actually understand – Kenny G, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson and Hanson all get cameos – but then maybe she’s going for an older audience with all the casual sex and binge drinking.

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One Response to Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

  1. musicosity1 says:

    Huh, such a video does give a different subtext to the song, which itself is a caricature of the party songs we’ve seen in the last couple of years, but unlike them is guitar-based instead of EDM, even including an 80s sax solo in the bridge. “the line about an “epic fail” shows how geek culture has infiltrated the mainstream. The chord progression (IV-ii-vi-V) is notable for never actually setting on the root chord, though one might be implied in the acapella ending.

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