"Bubblegum" (CD single)

Music review by
Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media
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Flirty double meaning makes this song too sexy for tweens.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The lyrics promote a "girls-just-wanna-have-fun" attitude that borders on sexually aggressive, as in: "We ain't no toy / We like to go dancin' with all the boys." The video features each of the five band members dancing in front of and with a boy who's portrayed as an innocent.

Violence
Sex

The song fans the flame of budding tween/teen sexuality with slightly suggestive lyrics like, "We just want to make your bubble pop."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lyrics of this girl band's debut single have a slight sexually aggressive edge. Ostensibly about bubblegum, the words, "I know that you like it, you want a piece of my bubblegum" suggest something else entirely.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11, 14, and 17 year old Written byAisling March 20, 2009

certainly not buy this song or allow my children to listen to it.

I agree that this song is not appropriate for children due to its sexual suggestions. Do these kids not have parental guidance when coming up with this stuff t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfoxy-roxy March 25, 2010
i think that this is a very catchy song. if kids know what is good and bad then it should not be a problem. sure it doesn't give the best message but its n... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old February 22, 2010

catchy.....to me!

i luv it!this was the first time i heard it and i luv it!

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?

Music details

  • Artist: The Stunners
  • Release date: March 9, 2009
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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