Songs Of Summer “California Gurls” by Katy Perry (why isn’t it just called “California Girls?”)

You might remember Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” getting a mention by Ben back in the comments for the first installment of “Songs Of Summer.” I eventually heard the full song and figure it will be a pretty big hit for the summer, but then I ran into problems finding the video. Apparently Katy Perry and her people wanted to hold off and reveal the video on a certain night at a certain time on VH1, so the long wait began. I soon saw the full performance at the MTV Movie Awards above and then kind of forgot about for a while. Remembering that it had been slated for release this week, I checked YouTube again and found the video. As you may have guessed it’s not embeddable, but you can watch it here.

I’m actually a pretty big Katy Perry fan. I was drawn to her with “I Kissed A Girl” and really liked her style (both fashion and musical) and her first record One Of The Boys was on pretty heavy rotation in my car last summer. I listened to it again yesterday and still like it (you never know with pop records). So, I’m excited to see where she goes with her next album. “California Gurls” is a pretty good, fun song (which is what I like most about her music). Plus, it’s got Snoop. Nuff said. The video is kind of a cracked-out combination of Candyland and Willy Wonka’s Factory with lots of sexy ladies. Perry seems to be moving away from the pin-up style and into more risque (she spends a good part of it lying naked on a cloud) and weird (cream shooters that attach to her lingerie). I wonder if Lady Gaga, who blew up after Perry did, was an influence on her. Either a “I didn’t think someone like that could be successful” or “hey, I wanted to do that crap three years ago, but they said I couldn’t!” Well, whatever the case, any video that gives me Snoop Dogg leading an army of angry gummy bears who get wiped out by boob cream is on my faves list.

One thought on “Songs Of Summer “California Gurls” by Katy Perry (why isn’t it just called “California Girls?”)

  1. That pic of Snoop is tremendous.

    Megan tells me your latter assessment of Perry v. Gaga is closer to the truth (she had big ideas but Gaga did them before she got a chance). I still love this song though regardless.

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