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Last Friday Night by Katy Perry

Analysis of music videos

Holly Wolf

on 16 January 2013

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Last Friday Night by Katy Perry Textual analysis of music videos, ENG1D summative task By:Holly Wolf The End Last Friday Night by Katy Perry Textual analysis of music videos
ENG1D summative task By Holly Wolf Bibliography http://www.directlyrics.com/katy-perry-last-friday-night-lyrics.html




http://www.biography.com/people/katy-perry-562678 Introduction Last Friday Night, sung by Katy Perry.
It was directed by Marc Klasfeld.
The song was released June 6, 2011.
The song is classified as a disco, and NRG-pop song with influences of dance-pop.
The video was inspired by Sixteen Candles and other such movies that had an 80's high school theme. Details and background information Lyrics and Visuals Illustrated Amplified The lyrics are illustrated when Katy Perry sings:
There's a hickie or a bruise
Pictures of last night
Ended up online
The illustration of key words and phrases makes the lyrics easier to understand on a whole. Music and Visuals At the beginning we see Katy Perry singing in bed and the
music is relatively slow.
When the music starts to escalate with Katy Perry's panic, we see the havoc the party is causing and party goers dancing to the beat.
Then before the last chorus we see the alto saxophone player as he plays his solo.
We also see Katy Perry singing and dancing to the beat with all the other party goers. "Star-image" motifs Katy Perry has a generally revealing and bubbly image.
Most of her videos include revealing outfits but they do not seem scandalous because they are
composed of cupcakes and sunshine giving her a "cute" air.
In Last Friday Night this continues, if less pronounced, however she still has the naive nerd look at the start and the nerd turned "hot" later on in the video. References to "looking" and Voyeurism The music video Of course we are watching, the audience for whom the video is made.
There are also moments when there is a ring of people viewing one or more dancers.
The sax player is watched when he plays his solo aloft on the roof.
There is also the mention pictures online in a tone that suggests unwanted viewers. The lyrics are amplified when Katy Perry makes gestures to make the emotion behind words or phrases more pronounced. She does this when she sings:
I'm screwed
Oh well
It's a black top blur
But I'm pretty sure it ruled
The effect is that the chosen words and
phrases make the lyrics easy to
understand on the whole. Not Hot To Katy Perry wrote the song in reference to a night of partying and streaking, relating the song to her own experiences.
The music video itself was made with influence from Sixteen Candles, focusing on the 80's high school parties aspect.
The costume for Katy Perry's character, Kathy Beth Terry, was inspired by the character Betty Suarez, played by America Ferrera in the series
Ugly Betty. Inter-textual References Video Form The video is a hybrid of performance and narrative based. Narrative Performance There are a large selection of close ups of Katy Perry with her singing as well as dancing.
There are also many scenes focused on various clips of specific dancers.
We also see the close up of the saxophone player during his solo. The music video tells us a story of a nerd who got a makeover and had a social success at a party.
The lyrics are the narration and the video gives us the images that accompany the story. Conclusion Introduction Importance of the music video Katy Perry wrote the song after a night of partying and streaking with her friends, she was of course out of high school when it happened and she may have been reliving those days.
Listening to the song without the video one would think that the song is about a hot girl partying all night.
With the video however, the song takes on new meaning as we see the story of an unattractive nerd turned popular and beautiful overnight.
All because of a party. As most girls are extremely self conscious, they dream of shedding their imperfections, and overnight becoming beautiful and popular.
After analyzing the music video I can safely state that Katy Perry was trying to demonstrate through this video that it is possible, although perhaps regrettable.
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