Single Review: Katy Perry – ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’

“It’s all good clean fun until heavy rotation is factored in. Enjoy it while you can”


Digital Release: July 24, 2011

Physical Release: July 25, 2011

Over the course of the ‘Teenage Dream’ era, Katy Perry has proved herself time and time again as having the ability to pen a feverishly catchy pop tune, regardless of the lyrical depth, which has spanned from her singing trite pop melodies about having “sun-kissed skin” in ‘California Gurls’ to her Leona Lewis impression on ‘Firework’, where she thought everyone was a pyrotechnic explosion erupting from her heart. And after the space-themed antics with Kanye West on ‘E.T.’, it’s back down to Earth for a night of shameless debauchery as she reminisces about ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’.

Over a jaunty guitar riff, frantic synths and a dance-pop beat – an unmistakably Dr. Luke/Max Martin production – Katy sings of her and her friends’ transgressions in a lifeless, 90’s roller disco-esque jam with a saxophone solo two-thirds in. Wading through it’s cheesiness, you find the chorus outstays it’s welcome, with four stanzas all with the same vocal and instrumental melody (the latter of which remains unchanged throughout the entire song), it soon gets tiresome and repetitive and even talk of a “ménage á trois” and a chant of “T! G! I! F!” can’t liven up what, for Katy, is clearly something very humorous. For the rest of us though, her poor lyrics (a prime example being – “Think I need a ginger ale/That was such an epic fail”) rather give the impression of one of those awkward talks, impeded by inter-generational differences, between a teenager with a fondness of parties and a socially inept parent as they struggle to be ‘down with the kids’.

Nevertheless, inescapable catchiness is synonymous with Katy Perry, and certainly, ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ is an incessantly catchy song who’s message is successfully drummed into one’s head after the first listen, and it will permeate many night club walls this summer, so despite the immoral self-indulgence of it’s lyrics, it’s all good clean fun until heavy rotation is factored in. Enjoy it while you can.


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  1. Gerard McGarry

    I would love the “ability to penis a feverishly catchy pop tune”, though I’d probably penis one by Beyonce or Rihanna given the choice. Sorry, too busy ROFLing to give a sensible comment right now – I’ll leave one in a minute!

  2. Dara Hickey

    I am not even going to begin to try and contemplate how that could’ve happened! Though… I did leave my laptop unattended in the Sixth Form Common Room at lunch in the “care” of my friends… Hmmm…

  3. Gerard McGarry

    Haha! No worries – I figured it was predictive text gone wrong or something like that!

    As for the single – I just can’t warm to it. TGIF feels like an excuse for Katy to go all goofy and sitcom-style. Not that I didn’t appreciate the sight of her in that 80s style miniskirt – she’s got the right body type for that kind of fashion. Big disappointment, to be honest.

    For the record, I’ve enjoyed California Gurls, Firework and Teenage Dream, but E.T. and TGIF (the two that are based on initials, funnily enough) are forgettable in my opinion.

  4. Dara Hickey

    In a way I’m in agreement. I like it in small doses, but it’s rather like trying to swallow a loaf of marzipan at times. When I first heard it I had a subliminal satisfaction – probably best described as naive – in the fact that I thought ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ would never be a single, catchy as it was.

    But when it was announced it got more and more annoying as I heard it more often, and coupled with Katy being yet to release a ballad from ‘Teenage Dream’ I began to hate it so much I couldn’t bare to listen to it. But then for someone reason, when reviewing it, I rekindled whatever love I had for it before, and granted, it’s not the best single she’s ever done – it’s not even the best single from ‘Teenage Dream’ – but I gave it an extra star (it was going to be a two star review) because of it’s catchiness, which is always an important factor in pop.

    And for my own contribution to the record, I’ve liked ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘Firework’, and ‘E.T.’ (without Kanye). But I never really listen to any of them through choice, but if I had to, it’d be ‘Teenage Dream’ every time.

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