The Problem With... Katy Perry's "E.T. (Futuristic Lover) feat. Kanye West"

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Here's the thing about Katy Perry: She tries write songs that are thematically diverse, which is nice. Unfortunately, very few of these themes pay off into complete ideas.

Take, for instance, her latest single, "E.T. (Futuristic Lover)," which features one Kanye West and tries for a dark, mysterious theme, replete, of course, with Katy's flirtatious flair.

Naturally, the song includes an electronic-based sci-fi sound. And, like all things Katy, it sounds derivative. I personally hear a bit of R-rated Rihanna by way of t.A.T.u.

Anyway, the song focuses on a relationship Perry's having with an alien dude who has mutant powers -- a reference, more than likely, to one particular big-headed alien, Russell Brand.

Personally, as a foreign dude, I think I'm more "exotic" than "foreign." And I think the topic is kinda condescending. Does Katy think all foreign guys have special love powers? Let me clear the mirage: Much as I wish, I don't posses science-based powers like lasers and radioactive touch. My special powers are more old-timey -- like granting three wishes, turning people into animals and making it rain on command. (You know the erratic Dallas climate? That's all Dirk Nowitzki, by the way.)

Back on topic: The latest mix of this single includes a few lines by Yeezy. I think his name on the track was kinda misleading. Before hearing the track, I thought Kanye played a more direct role in it than tacked-on lines about probing and bathing an "aye!" in someone's Milky Way. But throwing Kanye into a rehashed single, while improving it, doesn't really do him justice. After all, when West is really involved in a track, he can bring out the best in pop artists -- like he did for all his guests on last year's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Hell, he even made Drake sound good in "Find Your Love."

And that, you see, is Yeezy's special power -- making good artists sound better and mediocre artists listenable. If he'd produced and written a Katy track, he'd probably make her sound cool.

Instead, she just sounds cold.

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Lord Stirling
Lord Stirling

Let me preface this by saying that I am not religious. However, there are people out there who wholeheartedly believe in a god/religion, or in the occult/lucifer (the light bearer).

This song isn't about foreigners. This is an occult song based on the story of the "fallen angels" from the bible.

The fallen angels supposedly rejected the "most high" and descended to earth to seduce/rape human women. The women were impregnated and gave birth to "the Nephilim". Lucifer himself (referred to as the serpent) according to many peoples interpretation of the bible even seduced eve in the garden of Eden, which led to the downfall.

This song is glorifying the fallen angels and promoting being seduced by the dark side.

Kanye and his labelmate Jay-Z are known to be into the occult with constant use of symbolism in music videos and lyrics.

Just to be clear, I am against the occult and the new world order agenda.

That said, I do like this song because it is catchy and under different circumstances (without the occult intentions) could be just a cool work of art.

Brittney Brown
Brittney Brown

I don't get you. First you acknowledge that the songs about an alien, then you go on about being a foreign dude. I'm sure the songs about an alien as in flying saucers, not alien as in foreigner.. So that entire paragraph starting with "personally, as a foreign dude" is irrelevant. I'm sure Katy's not under the impression that every guy from a foreign country is magical, okay? Write about something that matters.

RoseImaginary
RoseImaginary

I don't get you. First you acknowledge that the songs about an alien, then you go on about being a foreign dude. I'm sure the songs about an alien as in flying saucers, not alien as in foreigner.. So that entire paragraph starting with "back on topic" is irrelevant. I'm sure Katy's not under the impression that every guy from a foreign country is magical, okay? Write about something that matters.

Truth
Truth

radio programmers get paid for those spins, its not like there are people actually requesting that song.

Chauncey Dickey
Chauncey Dickey

You, my friend, are totally off your rocker. It's amazing how many critics have panned this song, yet it continues to gain monster spins at radio, and is a top 10 digital and Billboard single. I think that this is a refreshing change on the radio, compared to all of that euro-dance nonsense that is saturating the airwaves. There's something "supernatural" about this song, and it entrances me everytime I spin it.

Mortis Noctu
Mortis Noctu

. . . Like if it was about Clark Kent and Lois Lane/Lana Lang. Then it would just be a cool song.

Dickey Chauncey
Dickey Chauncey

dude your the one off rocker, this song is radio pap in the worst degree, derivative melody, crap lyrics -basically, everything that is wring with popular music,

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