Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg - 'California Gurls'
Is someone trying to get in on Alicia Keys's action here? Are we about to be besieged by songs about places? And if so, can we hurry up and get to Norwich or Zurich, for variety's sake if nothing else.
Alicia's song was all about how inspiring and enervating New York is, and it's great, but you couldn't really call it a party jam. Luckily Katy Perry has come along to rectify that, by pointing out that in California the girls don't wear a right lot, and that is because it is sunny and they are sexy. A point which Snoop Dogg is more than happy to reiterate.
The funny thing is, the difference between the two songs, in tone, delivery and lyric, speaks volumes about how the two places view themselves. Simply put, New York is for romantic realists, for people who draw inspiration as much from the toughness of their surroundings as the spirit of the people who live nearby. People who can see past bad stuff to the good stuff within.
On the evidence presented here, California is for people who like the sun and the beach and being hot (in both senses of the word). That is all.
(Here's the video. It does not appear to have been filmed in the real California, which is kind of apt.)
And this is because, as we all know, everything looks better when it's sunny. You get a dose of vitamin D, start to go a bit pink, and suddenly all you can think about is beaches and parties and sexy people. Translate that to a wet weekend in Inverness and it's not going to have the same impact, unless you're a fan of the Daisy Duke/bikini-over-a-parka look.
You've got to love Snoop's contribution too. He really is the go-to guy for softly rambling a load of old nonsense like the eccentric on the bus. We're lucky Katy (or, more correctly, Dr Luke, the man who also wrote 'Hot 'n' Cold', and 'Tik Tok', fact fans) picked a topic he actually knows something about, so there's a few place names in there, although with Snoop, it's almost always about the hot mamas in the end.
So, as Katy points out, if it's grittiness and roots and inspiration you're after, pick somewhere rainy, but when you wanna feel good and have some fun, California is the place you go to. It might not be good for you in the long run, but by golly you'll love it while you're there.
Much like this song, really.
One Thirty BPM says: "Naturally the first thing I notice is poor lyrics."
Buzzsugar says: "I want to hate it but I already have it stuck in my head."
Mr Will-W says: "This will be 2010's song of the summer."