Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Gird your loins, it's Katy Perry

US starlet Katy Perry is about to invade the UK with a song that will woodpecker its way into your brain. If you read any other music blog except this one, you have probably heard it already. But that's never stopped me before…

Katy is an odd fish. Like a . She started out as a Christian singer on a gospel label under the name Katy Hudson before signing up as a session singer for hit-crafting melody meisters The Matrix (Avril Lavigne, Ricky Martin, Britney).

She seems to have shed some of those evangelical inhibitions, however, as her single is called I Kissed A Girl. How terribly rude, eh readers?

Of course, the title is precision targetted at prurient tabloid editors, who are no doubt all a-quiver at the thought of hot girl on girl lesbianatronics. And Katy seems all too happy to nudge them along the right path. "I’m completely outrageous and I’ll do anything for attention!" she said in one of her first print interviews.

Just in case you didn't get the point she added: "I’ve got really big boobs and my sweater gets tighter every week."

As one blogger noted, "she sold out everything before she even released a single".

...And it gets worse. I Kissed A Girl - a US number one - was preceeded in the States by a flop called Ur So Gay - and, yup, it's as bad as the title suggests.

The lyrics are a kiss-off to a former boyfriend, oto whom Katy snarls: "I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf/ While jacking off listening to Mozart". This sort of accessory-owning, classical music-liking behaviour apparently marked out her ex as an homosexual.

Note to readers: This song was released in 2008.

And yet, in spite of all the above, I kind of like her. The shameless self-promotion is rather endearing in the era of reluctant superstars. As for those lyrics… well, let's just consider them a backfiring American attempt to "do" a Lily Allen. Or maybe it's that high church upbringing coming back to bite Katy on her faux-lesbian ass. Who really knows?

Here is the single, which is out in the UK on 1 September.

Judge it not, lest ye be judged.

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