MediaBio Quickie — Gimme Some Guilty Pleasure Candy!!!

Posted: August 1, 2010 by mediabio in MediaBio Quickie, Music

So music has never been my strength in terms of keeping up with pop culture. I’ll know some names but often not the songs themselves (of course, with the comments section, you can always hip me to some new music). I knew of Katy Perry‘s first big splash with “I Kissed A Girl” and even heard the song (I love the acoustic version she performed live on The Howard Stern Show), but the sound was…well…not to my taste.

This week, someone on Facebook linked to her new song “California Gurls” and I decided to watch it. This was good, because it meant I had a MediaBio Quickie to share with you!

The song is catchy and Snoop Dogg‘s parts are good, but the things that captivated me are the story/visuals and Katy Perry.

The concept was cute and sexy and strange and funny and, and, and–




Here it is. I’m going to get myself some cotton candy. And whipped cream.

  1. Just gave “California Gurls” a listen for the first time and have to say I don’t like it at all, so I suppose the same goes for the rest of her music. Pop music today is boring and vapid for my liking, Katy Perry being no exception. But maybe I’m just being a grumpy old (err, young) curmudgeon.

    • mediabio says:

      This is why you are a genius, Steven, and I will someday work for you. The song is all right, not the worst modern pop song I’ve ever heard, not the best. As I said in the post, the song is all right but it’s the video I like.

      Because I’m simple.

      And I still can’t seem to see your website.

  2. Toby says:

    I can’t speak of KP, since I think I’ve only ever heard the chorus from the girl kissing song, but I will tell you about some music you might appreciate, or not. Jorj has mentioned them, Apocolyptica. Four classically trained cellists…playing heavy metal. Now, I know that’s not your thing, so their newer albums probably wouldn’t do much for you. But, one of their earlier releases was a cover of some Metallica classics done with just the cellos (the newer stuff adds drums, occasional guitar and vocals). It’s fantastic. Lee and I are listening to it right now.

  3. Jared Nueve says:

    the thing about pop stars (Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga) its all the same, but this shouldn’t really be a surprise because this has happend and will happen. For every big artist there are at least a few replicas. for example: The Beatles they had there copy version with The Monkees and it made it bland. Not to say lady gaga is a great “artist” it’s just that shes big right now and then when some other singer or maybe even a robot the companies will always make bland versions of them.

    • Bill Gauthier says:

      It’s too easy to dismiss pop stars. There have always been knee-jerk reactions to popular entertainers because of their popularity, whether it’s music stars, movie stars, popular books, etc. Just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they’re bad. Lady Gaga is a great entertainer, and a pretty good entertainer. And she’s intelligent. She knows that what she has now cannot continue forever. You site The Monkees, and they were manufactured, but they were great. Listen to “Daydream Believer” of “Last Train to Clarksville”. They were great performers. Even the modern prefab groups like NSync at least gave us the multitalented Justin Timberlake. Love or hate his music, one cannot argue he is very talented, and a good actor, to boot. Katy Perry I think highly of, too. I’ve heard both her and Gaga give acoustic performances that were amazing.

      • Jared Nueve says:

        I agree with you to a point. I mean I like some of the pop stars. I’m not a underground only guy, I think that a majority are wasting talent on crap.I love katy perrys voice and lady gaga has a good voice too. I dont deny of performance or entertainment but a lot is wasted on blandness and not originality, or maybe this is what were left with, maybe all the good ideas are gone and we are stuck in some sort of limbo. Like you said a new elvis will probably never happen. because all the purity and heart have gone away. i don’t know just what i think.

  4. Bill Gauthier says:

    1) “All the good ideas are gone.” They’ve been saying that since before Shakespeare! The good ideas aren’t necessarily gone, and neither are the ways they can be told. There are plenty of interesting ways to tell ideas.

    2) “Like you said[,] Elvis will probably never happen.” Not because there are no performers like him, but because the way we get our entertainment has changed. Just like there’ll never be another George Carlin. Or Johnny Carson (thank god). Or Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, John Coltrain, etc. When you the internet with its nearly endless supply of news, pseudo-news, entertainment, shopping, porn, music, distraction, distraction, distraction–one cannot possibly achieve the kind of success that Elvis Presley knew. Now, someday, somebody will prove me wrong on this. But keep in mind, as talented as Elvis was, he was not original. He took music he liked and performed in a way that attracted attention. He was young and good-looking. He was a great performer. “Blue Suede” shoes was written and performed by Carl Perkins before Elvis did it, and some say that Perkins did a superlative version.

    3) “All the purity and heart have gone away.” Really? Because when I hear that piano performance of Gaga doing “Edge of Glory” on the Howard Stern Show (which I tried to link above, but it seems to not have stuck, so look it up), I hear both. Is it the most complicated song written? No. Is it a match for Lennon/McCartney? Not really, but remember, while many music “snobs” (I just woke up, so I’m reaching for the right words) might believe that “A Day In the Life” is musical genius, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” is equally genius. One is an experiment in the boundaries of rock n roll. The other is a simple pop song. Both are beautiful. Current rock includes Gaslight Anthem, Arcade Fire, Paramore, Panic! At the Disco, and I stand by Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, though I find myself buying their singles more than their albums.

    So, yeah…this is what having a cup of coffee with me is like, Jared. I’m going for my cuppa, now. Brighten up, my friend, it’s not the end of the world. Yet.

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