Thursday, July 3, 2008

I'm Sorry, What Don't Good Girls Do?

Because I think I missed the point.

"Magical, kissable, touchable." Uh-huh. "Ain't no big deal, it's innocent." This poor girl. Her voice is so strong and powerful. It could go so many places. Who gives her these horrible lyrics? Does she really have fun performing them? What happened to the work she did with Glen Ballard? How many unreleased efforts are sitting with the various labels she has skirted through since her "revolution" in 2001?

She's a sexy chick. I really want to like her.

There are three seconds in every song where I think I could connect with her. Like I know who this is singing. I almost feel that I get her...And then: wait, did she just say "shake, shake, shake the glitter"? Waking Up in Vegas could have been such a good song, too. What a shame.

I want her lyrics to be stronger, harsher.
... Yes, like this!! Match the words to the image!

"Fingerprints" almost gets it right. It touches on the angst we all seem to be feeling today. Maybe it was the musical production that needed more attention on this track. Speaking of tracks, I really wanted to exclude providing an mp3 in this post. Number one, she's on a major label. Number two, it's not a kissass review. And C, just walk into a Hot Topic or turn on the radio. Not hard to find one of her releases, "I Kissed A Girl" or "UR so Gay." But, mywebmaster pointed out (he's so logical) that this is after all an mp3 blog. So the compromise is a link to a remix found on In this remix, at least we get to hear a bit of how the hooks in the original should have been used.

Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl (Vanderbilt Remix)

She dressed up as Holy Shit for Halloween, for crying out loud. I could totally love her.

There is no reason for her not to have a great career - she has a voice, an attitude, and look. But the CD "One of the Boys" is shit music and there is a ridiculous hype machine running this trainwreck.

In an interview with Mike Burr at Prefix Magazine, she describes the recently released album: "There will be lots of storytelling, because lyrics are important to me. There are a few songs that will make you cry, but there are others to make you dance and sing. Every song is on the album for a specific reason." Is she serious?

Katy Perry is 23 now. What has she been doing for the last seven years that has given her obviously no true influence or experience to drive from? At the age of 16, Katy Hudson released a self-titled Christian album, which was reviewed by Christian Music Today as having "insightful" although "not quite brilliant" lyrics yet still showing "a lot of potential."

Rather than build on that potential, at age 17 she abandoned the Christian genre and began working with Glen Ballard (of Alanis Morrissette fame), then teamed up with the Matrix at Sony Records. Blender Magazine hyped the latter collaboration as "The Next Big Thing!" in 2004. Meanwhile, none of the fruits of these efforts hit the public, and Katy Hudson, now known as Katy Perry, signed with Columbia in 2007.

Disappointingly, "I Kissed A Girl" is receiving plenty of attention, hitting Billboard's Number One spot and securing airplay even on the most forward-thinking so-called "independent" radio stations. Just when I thought Rock and Roll was saved.

If she is truly rebelling against her Christian upbringing, why is it not reflected in her lyrics? And if you're keeping score, "I got so brave, drink in hand; lost my discretion" doesn't count. You see, the constant repeating of this "I wasn't a typical Christian. I've done a lot of bad things" image is so unnecessary. What IS a typical Christian? Who has NOT done a lot of bad things? What is she doing, exactly, that good girls don't? Isn't it possible to believe in Christ and rock your ass off on stage? Or is the "former Gospel singer" stigma
the only thing that keeps the Katy Perry engine interesting?

I predict a fun season on Warped Tour for Miss Perry but I can't fathom her sales will keep up through Christmas. If she doesn't find a third style revolution by next year, 2008 will have been her flash in the pan. Or the lesson that artists might finally learn, closing the coffin on Big Labels: Churning out an image and pseudo-lesbian lyrics does not a sustainable career make.

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mookie said...