Try as I might to not like you, Mrs. Katy Perry Brand, but any video featuring Rebecca “It’s Friday, Friday, Friday” Black, Hanson, a couple of Glee boys and the 80s awesomeness that is Corey Feldman, Kenny G and Debbie Gibson is alright with me.
Like Ke$ha before her, Katy Perry is one of those artists who is absolutely refused entry into my Club iTunes unless the single in question is an undeniable jam (so far KayKay’s “Teenage Dream” and La Dollar Sign’s “Blow” have managed to sneak past the burly bouncers that is my inexplicable disdain for the musical output of these ladies.) So, when the “Last Friday Night” cover dropped, I assumed that the brilliant hilarity would simply be relegated to the single artwork and I pretty much ignored the song. Unfortunately, I find myself one again having to ease up on my anti-Perry stance and let “T.G.I.F.” past the velvet ropes and onto my iPod cuz the video is hila-rihanna!
The nursery rhyme-esque lyrics pretty much direct the video as Kay Per drops the cartoon-y bombshell antics for a minute and casts herself as a geek-tastic teen who attempts to recall the Hangover-esque shenanigans that went down at a party the night before. Lots of ha ha moments follow including the Rebecca Black assisted “1986’n Vixen” makeover, the duct taped and painted tuxedo passed out party guests, the Hanson house band, the Kenny G(!) sax solo, and an acid wash denim jacket with fringes that stole the whole show, in my eyes. Sure, K.P. gets cool points for not being afraid to be silly and play goofy but then I got to thinking, “How refreshing would it be to see the likes of Gaga, Rihanna or Beyoncé dropping the pop star shtick for a second and simply do something fun, light-hearted and a bit against type?”
A cheeky ‘n’ clever homage to all things 80s and teen movies crammed into 8 minutes, “Last Friday Night” is further proof that the annoying chick who “kissed a girl and she liked it” a couple of summers ago might not be so bad after all. Grade: B+
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