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"Bubblegum" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
With appearances on shows like Two and a Half Men and The Suite Life On Deck under their belts, plus a track on the iCarly soundtrack and a TV series in the works, The Stunners are poised for stardom. Designed for tweens on the cusp of teenhood, their flirtatious debut single BUBBLEGUM is full of aggressive grooves, electronic hooks, and lush studio harmonies. The song's catchy chorus might be about bubblegum: "taste it, bite it, chew it, pop it, lick it, smack it, move it, drop it, crack it, snap it" but it also seems to be about something else: "you know that you want my bubblegum."
Is it any good?
It doesn't take Dr. Freud to know that sometimes bubblegum isn' t just bubblegum. In lyrics like, "we just want to make your bubble pop" and "you know I don't mind that you want a piece of my bubblegum," The Stunners give off mixed messages akin to the Catholic school-girl sexuality of early Britney Spears. In one line, "we're girls just havin' fun, don't you wanna have some," they play up their free-spiritness. But when they sing, "watch out here we come, 'cause you're gonna get stunned" they come off as sexual aggressors.
The video for this song reinforces the line between innocence and knowingness, with images of The Stunners dancing suggestively in front of a boy and feeding him "stun gum" as the lyrics sing, "You know you want." Tweens are sure to fall for this catchy number, but the lyrics play a cat and mouse game parents should be aware of.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about lyrics that seem to say one thing but could also mean something else. Is this song about bubblegum? Do you think the girls in this band are innocent or sexy? Are they acting aggressively or are they just being normal? What do you think the lyrics mean?