Katy Perry's single "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" is a slightly manic, bouncy, ridiculously catchy bit of pop with seriously disturbed/disturbing lyrics that get stuck in your head. I've heard it multiple times over the last couple of weeks since I started working out at my company gym where the radio station plays it and fourteen other songs.
Please read the lyrics.
Now, call me old-fashioned (or just old), but I've always liked to be fully conscious and able to remember my fun times with my friends. But also, the things described in this song do not sound like fun times to me, at all. They sound ridiculous and also impossible to do in one night with any amount of thoroughness. Also likely illegal and potentially injurious.
My idea of a Friday night that rules is one where I can sit and read all night alone or maybe watch something and talk to friends somewhere quiet if I'm feeling oddly social, so my definition of fun is hardly typical. I found myself wondering if these kinds of behaviors are really what young people consider(ed) a good time, something to strive toward. Reading comments on the song, I've had to cringe at the number of folks who see this kind of Friday night as a worthy goal. Really? I want to ask them. Why?!
It seemed pretty over the top, so I wondered if it was satire or some sort of gleeful homage to 80s teen overindulgence movies (like Relient K's "Falling in Love with the 80s", only with more R-rated content). The music video makes me think maybe it was intended to be one or both of these things, but most people hear the song and don't see the video.
Do you think this is celebratory or mocking? Do you think this is the kind of behavior average teens aspire to? Did you ever aspire to it or experience it (or dream of it even if you were more straight-laced in your actions)? What ultimately governed your actions? What do you think makes this vision of teenage life attractive to some, and who do you think it attracts?