Reminder: Katy Perry’s new single Chained To The Rhythm is not a mash-up of Grace Jones’ Slave To The Rhythm and Erasure’s Chains Of Love. It’s a “woke” anthem that was co-written by be-wigged song-writing machine Sia and is about how we’re all oblivious hamsters happily living in a safe bubble and we need to wait the fuck up. Well, it did the trick. Because about 10 seconds into Katy’s song, my brain did wake up and it sent out the message: Bitch, fuck this shit, listen to Slave To The Rhythm instead!
Katy Perry burped up her candy-coated video for Chained To The Rhythm and the look of it is her usual aesthetic, which is, what an 8-year-old Lisa Frank devotee from the early-90s would come up if she was given a mountain of money to make a music video. Katy’s video is like a Black Mirror episode that features extras costumes from the Hunger Games movies, outfits leftover from Hairspray Live! and set pieces from Disneyland’s old Tomorrowland.
In it, Katy goes to some theme park called Oblivia (which represents America, I guess) and she happily and blindly skips through the perfectness of it all until she realizes that it’s not all what it seems, and then a 3D Skip Marley really shows her it’s not all what it seems and she wakes up. She’s like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show if Jim Carrey in The Truman Show dragged it up as Effie Trinket.
That deep video did open up my eyes to something, though. It opened up my eyes to the fact that Katy Perry has an impeccable eyebrow situation and it really reaches to new levels of flawless when they’re shaped like two closed tweezers. Eyebrows shaped like closed tweezers is kind of meta if you think about. Mind blown.
And here’s the purposeful pop star outside of the Christopher Kane show in London yesterday.