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Bicuriousity, Then and Now

Bicuriousity, Then and Now

Every decade and a half or so, pop radio embraces a song about girls toying with the other side, and apparently, they like their titles simple, to the point, and exactly the same. Look below at the video’s for Jill Sobule‘s “I Kissed Girl” from 1995 and Katy Perry‘s just released video of the same name.

1995:

2008:

So how has bicuriousity in pop culture evolved based perhaps too simply on two pieces of evidence? Well, its catchier, more naked but somehow less explicit. But other than that, lyric-wise and even image-wise (despite Fabio’s cameo), Sobule’s take is considerably more appealing. Mind you, it was a surprise hit, with folk-influence that probably wasn’t intended to hit the mainstream. Perry’s song, however, seems manufactured for it. But basically, it all comes down to this: Sobule’s song speaks to genuine bicuriousity, or perhaps even bisexuality or lesbianism, in a sweet little way. Perry’s song speaks to sluts who get so drunk they make out with a girl because thats the way their attention seeking ways go. Am I wrong? Take a brief comparison of the lyrics:

Sobule:

And I opened up and I told her ’bout Larry
And yesterday how he asked me to marry
And I’m not giving him an answer yet…
I think I can do better!

So we laughed
Compared notes
We had a drink
We had a smoke
She took off her overcoat…
I kissed a girl.
I kissed a girl.

I kissed a girl
Her lips were sweet.
She was just like kissing me
Kissed a girl won’t change the world
But I’m so glad,
I kissed a girl!

Perry:

No, I don’t even know your name
It doesn’t matter
Your my experimental game
Just human nature
It’s not what, good girls do
Not how they should behave
My head gets so confused
Hard to obey

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

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