A Career Retropspective Of This Katy Perry Thing

5 Jul

I made a collage. And I liked it. Seriously, I love a collage.

I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow! I’ll be back the end of July and then for three weeks in August. I’m away but never truly gone (seriously, I have posts lined up). Anyway, today is also a good day because a) it’s Thursday! and b) it’s (one of) our artists of 2011’s film premiere. Katy Perry’s Part of Me opens today and I’m heading to learn about the path to super stardom with my sister. I’m super pumped which, given some of these descriptions, isn’t surprising. Quite simply, I think Perry’s one of the most intelligent, inspiring and unique singer-songwriters of our generation. Let’s check out some of these tunes, shall we?

Let’s Rule One Season Of The Year

Flicking through Songs of the Summer at the back of Rolling Stone, it’s always satisfying to see a Perry sandwhich as she owned both ’08 and ’10 with I Kissed A Girl and California Gurls respectively. Last Friday Night was also pretty huge last year and I’d argue (if it weren’t for the middling release date) that Teenage Dream defined my summer in ’10 more than those California Gurls. There’s just something about Perry’s bombastic pop that lends itself to the heady, non-thinking (but sometimes way too fully-detailed socially analysed) days of summer. It’s gloriously in tune with beach parties, summer bake-outs and being with your friends. It’s fine. It’s fresh. It’s fierce. It’s undeniable:

Rockin’ Pop And Poppin’ Rock

One of the cool things about Perry is how effortlessly she weaves pop and rock together. One of my favourite bands, Fountains of Wayne, appear to be a big influence on her. Not only did she cover the (really quite beautiful) Hackensack for her MTV Unplugged sessions, their influence is sprinkled throughout One Of The Boys. From the sometimes doggerel rhymes to the heavy guitar-laiden beats, it’s rock-pop perfection that gave way to undeniable full force pop on Teenage Dream (barring Circle The Drain and the dubstep of E.T). Here’s Perry in her pop rock zone:

A Pop-Cultural Wet Dream

June and Johnny Cash. Snoop Dogg’s gin and juice. Milk box cartons. There are a lot of pop culture references dotted throughout Perry’s music (and even more if you know where to look). It’s one of my favourite things about her music. The witty repartees, clever rhymes and pop cultural imagery add texture to her music. It’s not just about the feelings she evokes, it’s about how she goes about it. And if you’ve listened to her music in any depth, you’ll know it’s a whole lot of fun.

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