The Problem With... Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night"


I'm starting to think the whole '80s retro thing has run its course. We've seen plenty of it in recent memory, and now Katy Perry's latest single "Last Friday Night" is the latest attempt to pull at your nostalgic side -- while referencing, of course, to the ABC sitcom block T.G.I.F.  

Ugh. So. Many. References.

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In the video, Perry starts off dolled up in Steve Urkel garb. She ends up -- post-makeover, of course -- looking something like Kimmy Gibbler. We also get Hanson and Kenny G. Pretty cool.

Psyche!

Anyway, the track keeps up with Katy's cotton-candy persona. It's has a pop-rock character, complete with slap bass that takes us back to those corny sitcom theme songs for Alf and Family Matters.

The whole thing's just weird. For starters, Katy is 26 years old. Which, while not ancient, is definitely grown. So, um, isn't it kind of crazy how she's obsessed with youth? Sure, a Rebecca Black cameo is cool and all (Debbie Gibson and Corey Feldman, not so much). But why is there a 13-year-old in a Katy Perry video? It's just weird.

And it's making me worried. Who knows? Maybe Katy's obsession with youth will catch up with her. If she keeps this up, she might end up like Elizabeth Bathory and start bathing in the blood of virgins to keep herself looking young.

Unfortunately, the lyrics don't quite match with the teenage party theme of the video. For instance, not every teenager has their own boss, credit card or car. So some might not relate.

The saxophone solo is rather bizarre, too. To Katy's credit, she recorded this track months before Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory". So Katy got a head start on the whole saxophone thing. In other words: The whole sax solo revival Katy's fault.

This also probably means we'll see invisible saxophones solos on the dancefloor soon enough.

Happy, happy. Joy, joy.

To put it in terms Katy will understand: "Last Friday Night" is all that and a bag of chips.

Not!
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57 comments
Mg94520
Mg94520

Funniest Video Ever.............AS if...................

Luke
Luke

This woman's music keeps getting more disturbingly awful. The Beatle's demographic was mostly teenage girls too but they ended up creating songs for an entire generation that have stood the test of time. Music can be simple and fun without becoming mindless, music factory drivel like this.

Mworkhoven
Mworkhoven

I like Katy Perry, but this song disturbs me. She drinks so much that she blacks out and wakes up with bruises and a stranger in her bed. How does she know she wasn't date raped? I'm getting kind of tired of the whole alcoholic clueless white party bimbo genre of dance music. 

Matthew Grima
Matthew Grima

I don't like the song, nor the video. Ended up here because I was searching to see whether anyone realised that this video seems to be an attempt to mock Rebecca Black, without her even knowing it.

I'm in my early twenties (as some people thought it was relevant to the discussion) and my tastes are no where near this kind of music, but if you do not like it, don't listen to it, and shut up.

The internet's given idiots a global opinion.

Ananymous
Ananymous

Jeesh, you take entertainment pretty SERIOUS~! eh? How many videos have different takes on the songs? Anyway, you're looking way too deep into things that aren't even there!

TMOHS
TMOHS

I just find the video to be a joke, really. I won't get all riled up about it.

Djsk#2
Djsk#2

u al ned 2 giv her a brek

Djsk#2
Djsk#2

luv ths vi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katy Perry
Katy Perry

oh come on i worked really hard on this video just give me a break

Jewels4vous
Jewels4vous

Wow. You are really angry. That video, paired with the song, is just pure fun. What's wrong with you? Does it hurt to laugh?

localocaloca
localocaloca

Duh ur whole article is plain dumb!Imma go 2 her concert nxt month :-DWhat makes her cool is that she's different and she's her own personality, wat if she loves retro? Get over it! People love her n ur jst an idiot with no life haha

Lisa Linehan
Lisa Linehan

I LOVE THIS VIDEO -- I can't get enough.  The only problem is that I wasn't at the party...

kasbah
kasbah

The only thing wrong with this video is it prompted the author to write about it.

Hayley Roylance
Hayley Roylance

I think the song, as a stand-alone, naturally appeals to the over-18 crowd (citing references to cars, jobs, credit cards, etc). Much of Katy's fan base, however, are young teens, so the video is an attempt to reach out to the younger crowd as well as appeal to those older fans who might jump on the 80s nostalgia bandwagon. In my opinion, it's a pretty decent and well-reaching attempt; everyone I've shown this video to has enjoyed it to some extent. I agree that the sexual references begin to get a bit creepy when mixed with the eye-candy cocktail of the tweeny video, but the above review is directionlessly harsh, with none of the "Bazinga" moments it so desperately grasps for.The review seems a predictable waste of Internet space that would result when an editor tells a closet Katy Perry lover with a devolved writing style to write a negatively critical review of her video for media publicity.

Betty Richardson
Betty Richardson

YOU ARE SUCH A LAME KILLJOY THIS TRACK AND VIDEO IS REALLY REALLY GREAT. Whatever you obviously don't know anything, i think it's awesome to see so much thought and concept go into a music video. Also how many popstars can you name who are so willing to make themselves look silly? Katy Perry/Kathy Beth Terry obviously has a lot of hutzpah and she's AWESOME!

Djsk
Djsk

People just hate on Katy because of the fact that they can. I love her and this video. It's lively. You critics don't pick on anyone else as much as you pick on Katy. I hope you know that she doesn't give a fuck. She's doing her. So go cry about the fact that she's making more money than you. I love Katy Perry and so do many other people..calm down and stop bashing the video! It's great! Okay had to rant. Lol.

AJR
AJR

I'm not really a KP fan, and I thought this was fun and clever... The above review I found to be meandering, arbitrary, and largely a waste of time.

Peterbrabel
Peterbrabel

What the heck is the reason for this?

Super Amanda
Super Amanda

Katy Amber Alert Perry, a 26 year old woman dressing like a little girl and selling toddler imagery topped off with those sad and VERY little things she calls "enormous boobs" is FOUL.  Gummi Bears, teddy bears, cupcakes, sesame street, 13 year old singers?  Just foul. Another no talent fundamentalist religious freak with a record deal who is into sexuallising children's imagery. If you defend this **** you need a therapist.

Steven_7921
Steven_7921

The song is good and I'm no Katy Perry fan but this article is terrible

Softcandy4u
Softcandy4u

today is june 16 and watch because next week last friday night will go to number one on the billboard!!!!!!!!!!!!

Luis Blanco
Luis Blanco

Matt, maybe you are just too old to understand this new generations music. People always complain about how music is not how it was "back in the day", how about suck it up, because it's not going to ever go back to "how it was before". People like 8 minute videos, have you never seen Gaga's? Not everything has to have a strong meaning and explanation. Perhaps you should focus on writing about other things like, poetry, or love stories, but definitely not music.

Luis Blanco
Luis Blanco

Chill out dude, the video was literally the best thing ever made. I doubt katy is a pedo, or will become one. Besides, she honestly looks the hottest since she first came out.

MattL1
MattL1

I don't understand how people can listen to this crap.  There is no legitimate way to defend Perry's music.  I made it a minute into this video, which is inexplicably 8 minutes long.  Does Slash do a 5-minute solo or something at the end?

Nick
Nick

This article was amazing.

NOT!

See how annoying that gets? Maybe you should get a sense of humor, because it's obvious you don't have that. Or grammar skills.

Will
Will

oh shut up who cares its just a fun video, dont take it so seriously

Roadguy1979
Roadguy1979

Really dude? This article makes no sense. And there is mo real ABC TGIF reference here. That acronym has been around for decades. Moron.

Djsk#2
Djsk#2

i agree with u ur totaly right....... r u single how old?

hater of JB
hater of JB

what do umean what is the reason 4 this?

BucketofStars
BucketofStars

wow. remarking on her "enormous boobs" is FOUL. What a piece of shit.

Hdj
Hdj

Go die. Kill yourself for this comment. Thank you. No seriously. Another jealous person..come on people. Get a lfe. If you don't like something don't watch it.

yoshi
yoshi

HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MattL1
MattL1

I'm in my 20s.  I just have taste, something you "kids" obviously lack.  There's plenty of great music out there today.  It's just not being made by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry.

Super Amanda
Super Amanda

 Because this is all you get now on the airwaves. Madonna paved the way for Pop and bubblegum as a money making brand and thus anything that requires something called musicianship and originality (the hallmarks of rock not pop) were not seen as profitable. For guttersnipes like Perry it is about the next outfit and video-that's it. Her people buy her way.

Nick
Nick

In regards to "you obviously don't have that," I meant "one," not "that"

Ss
Ss

Go die. Kill yourself for this comment. Thank you. No seriously. Another jealous person..come on people. Get a life. If you don't like something don't read it.

Bisclavet
Bisclavet

I'm in my 30s (because apparently age indicates something relevant in an online comment thread).  I will also say that I have taste (because everyone thinks they do).  That said, the idea that we are going to come to some agreement about what is or is not great music is a bit naive.  Hell, the idea that there is provably great music is naive.  I would not argue that KP is creating music with substantive artistic content (and that may be what you were going for), but that's only one of many possible reasons we have music.  Most naive, however, is the idea that people who like her or don't are going to change their minds because of what you (or I) write, especially in the comments to an article reviewing the video, 3 pages down and counting.

Cool
Cool

Die bitch!

MattL1
MattL1

It wasn't three pages down when I wrote it, and I can be quite persuasive.  

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