In the spirit of full disclosure, I should probably mention that I’m currently sitting cross-legged on my reading chair, chewing on a candy necklace and wearing green socks with tiny snowmen on them, so perhaps I’m in the intended demographic for Katy Perry’s new ‘Last Friday Night’ video.
Centering on Perry’s alter-ego Kathy Beth Terry – an 8th grade Harry S Truman student whose interests include Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Skip It and the solar system – ‘Last Friday Night’ is a rather hilarious reflection one of those crazy nights that seemingly everyone experienced at least once as a teenager. Besides myself, of course, given that I was a perfect angel and generally too busy writing terrible poetry while listening to ‘Anna Begins’ by the Counting Crows on repeat to party.
The video for the fifth single off of Perry’s ridiculously amazing Teenage Dream album also includes cameos from all sorts of celebs, from Glee stars Darren Criss and Kevin McHale to Hanson and 13-year-old ‘Friday’ singer Rebecca Black. You know who else appears? Kenny G. Anyone else totally forget he existed? I, too, have to raise my hand on that one, though since we’re being honest I’ll admit that I used to own his Breathless album when I was 12 and I spent much of 1996 listening to ‘The Wedding Song’ on repeat and crying. So as you can imagine, it was an emotional reunion.
Anyhow, I digress. Whether or not you like Katy Perry (and I’m highly suspicious of those who don’t), this video is all-around fantastic. You have to respect the fact that a star of Perry’s stature still doesn’t take herself too seriously and is willing to play the fool simply for the purpose of having fun. The concept in ‘Last Friday Night’ is indicative of her approach to pop in general, I’d say – light-hearted, brightly coloured and extremely infectious (even if it is against your will). In the world of mainstream pop, you have to appreciate an artist with such a clear grasp on the true spirit of the genre – something Perry does with ease.
It’s difficult to have an academic discussion about the merits of Perry’s music and to do so would pretty much negate the entire purpose of her career, really. But needless to say I’m a big fan of her brand of unabashed youthfulness and hopefully you are, too.