christopher_robin wrote:Dig, I mostly listen to music that's old, really old, like 20-30, or 50-60, or 300 years ago. But I'm also a fan of modern music. This is going to sound a bit mad, but I mostly want to post this for the record--let's see what's what in two years.
The second major Katy Perry single is also seriously stupendous:
Incredibly apt drum programming.
, do you like the song? You are obviously impressed with her business acumen and her production team, and if I ever happen to hear the song, I will give it more attention that I would have otherwise. However, nothing you have said makes me want to seek it out. You make it sound like a concept car, more of an application of design theory than a piece of cool music that sounds fresh and gets you dancin' the first and twentieth time you hear it. Is it all just ones and zeros to you now? Are you in the Matrix? OK, I took it a little far, but I think you can catch my drift.
This is a very astute response--poetic, even. You totally get it.
No, I'm not in the matrix here. Check the live version (probably backing tapes, but it's illuminating to hear it as a live song. Imagine stumbling on to this act live, in a bar?)http://perezhilton.com/tv/index.php?key ... rt=0&end=7
This is a good song, and it has a hell of a hook. It's going to be in your head if you listen.
Watch her stage moves, check out that incredible wardrobe(!), and how professionally she carries herself for someone so young.
She completely owns the stage in this high-tension environment, and listen to her voice--she can really sing, all snarky autotune jokes aside.
My awe of the Katy Perry juggernaut is in very large part derived from my sense that she is crafting her own iconography. This is hard. Recent examples of this explicit self-definition include Eminem, Jay-Z and earlier, Billy Idol. She seems to have supreme control of the situation; her self-manifestation is inseparable from the songs themselves. Many of my absolute favorite acts--Meat Puppets and Husker Du, to pick a couple of random examples--had no idea how to project their images with such thrillingly high-concept definition.
Really, she reminds me of no one since Deborah Harry and Madonna circa "Borderline," which I suppose you could also say is a dull pop song, but marked the moment that Madonna washed over all American culture like a tidal wave (bracelets, anyone?)
We'll see if Perry can do the same. Like I said, let's see what's what in two years. But I think she has tremendous potential.