Monday, October 6, 2008

Music Monday - I Kissed a Girl

Gosh, I can't get away from this "I Kissed a Girl" song. (video below) It seems as though every time I am within earshot of a radio, I am inundated with the lyrics,
"It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight".
Besides the incorrect English, I have a bit of trouble with the song... but more of that later.

I congratulate the producers for coming up with a completely catchy, throbbing beat to go with the slightly scandalous chick-on-chick lyrics. Unfortunately the singer's voice has been over-dubbed so much that it is hard to get a feel for the true sound of her voice. In the end it all mixes together, just becoming one driving noise. I really don't like producers who are raising the levels of the current songs artificially high so the music will still sound good on MP3 players and of course you can't forget the horrid brats who walk the streets playing what passes for music through their tinny mobile phones.

The music video producers (see it below as long as the record company doesn't realize that it is on You Tube with a misspelled name) also should have a little luv... they managed to create some kind of Moulin Rouge thing which really worked for the song. Slightly sexual, without being too much... and they also managed to have the entire thing WITHOUT a girl on girl kiss, ensuring that VH1 would still play it. Of course they also end the video showing her waking up in bed beside her presumed boyfriend, as though waking up from a dream... so it wasn't real after all... oh well.

The singer Katy Perry had been previously trying to break into the Contemporary Christian music scene, towing the family line I suppose. It seems that Mom is some kind of preacher. Hmm... Something tells me that Mom isn't too happy these days, eh?

Personally I'm rather torn. The fact that such a song can get so much airplay is interesting to me. Twenty years ago George Michael was getting shit for "I Want Your Sex"... if his lyrics had been explicitly to men, it would never have gotten radio play, let alone the constant MTV attention. But Miss Perry has a song that shows a willingness for bisexual experimentation, and it is on the HOT 100 and Top 40 in the States, and is on the charts in many countries around the world. Wow.

At the same time the lyrics (found below too... hey, everything is down there, eh?) work my last gay nerve with the "I'm gonna act all sexy with my girlfriend to get attention from the boys" mentality which drives me up a wall. Of course we haven't even begun to discuss how she would probably still be trying to sell songs about Jesus if she hadn't come up with a little diddy about a supposed walk on the wild side. To add insult to injury she has another song coming out named "Ur So Gay" which panders to the stereotype that a straight man with qualities like a gay man is decidedly not cool, but girls kissing girls is soooo hot. spare me.

An interesting happenstance is that this goofy song has spawned even goofier parodies, "I Kissed A Pig", "I Kissed A Boy", and a slightly disturbing, butt-smelling "I Kissed a Dog". "You bark, I obey..."

Alrighty then... here is the video for the song followed by the lyrics, followed by a genuinely cute song/video by Jill Sobule of the same name. Now THAT's cute!!



Katy Perry - "I Kissed a Girl" lyrics

This was never the way I planned
Not my intention
I got so brave, drink in hand
Lost my discretion
It's not what, I'm used to
Just wanna try you on
I'm curious for you
Caught my attention

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don't even know your name
It doesn't matter
Your my experimental game
Just human nature
It's not what, good girls do
Not how they should behave
My head gets so confused
Hard to obey

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

Us girls we are so magical
Soft skin, red lips, so kissable
Hard to resist so touchable
Too good to deny it
Ain't no big deal, it's innocent

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

3 comments:

Andrea said...

See now I know the second one - the cute one. I think that's the cutest little song.
This other one, the new one, blech.
It's nothing on the whole gay thing the song is just weird.

tqe / Adam said...

I don't know which song I like better: I kissed a Pig or I kissed a boy...

"I want to give you a name and take you home with me"

Snooker said...

@ Andrea - I'm completely with you! The old one is better. This one simply has a catchy driving beat.

@ Adam - The pig one was more cute than the dog thing for sure. The boy one... well, it was OK too.