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"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (CD Single)

Party tune is all about casual sex, drinking to excess.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song includes a litany of negative behavior, from casual sex to excessive drinking to breaking the law.

Positive role models

Encourages drinking to excess and promiscuous behavior.

Violence

No outright violence, but mentions "I think we broke the law."

Sex

Describes having casual sexual encounters with strangers: "There's a stranger in my bed ... Think we kissed but I forgot ... We went streaking in the park, skinny dipping in the dark, then had a menage a trois."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Talk of "maxing out credit cards."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Talks about drinking to the point of blacking out -- and repeating that behavior every Friday night: "There's a pounding in my head ... It's a black-top blur ... Always say we're gonna stop ... This Friday night, do it all again."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" describes just about everything a parent wouldn't want a teen to do: drinking to the point of blacking out, having risky sexual encounters with strangers, maxing out credit cards, and breaking the law. No consequences are described, making the negative behavior seem fun. Although there's no profanity, the iffy actions described in the song make the single too mature for kids and tweens.

What's the story?

Racy pop star Katy Perry raises eyebrows once again with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," a single from her album Teenage Dream that reads like a laundry list of negative behavior: sex with strangers, drinking every weekend to the point of blacking out, getting arrested, and even maxing out credit cards. While it doesn't use profanity or describe hardcore substance use, this song still describes scenarios in which no parent wants to imagine a child.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Though her risque lyrics are undoubtedly a draw, part of Perry's appeal is her extremely catchy pop hooks -- including this one, penned in part by uber-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin (who were also behind massive hits by Ke$ha, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, and others). You can't help but sing along with Perry to this party anthem, despite its questionable content. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of the behavior described in the song. What could happen if you drank to the point of blacking out?

  • What are the consequences of hooking up with a stranger? What happens if you max out your credit card? Or break the law?

  • How could you rewrite this song in a more positive way?

Music details

Artist:Katy Perry
Release date:June 27, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Capitol
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent Written byPopParent August 3, 2011

Pretty Bad

The lyrics are really bad with swearing and references to drinking and the music video... well just watch it and see
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2011

Catchy Song, Iffy Lyrics

This song has a lot of partying and inappropriate stuff, but it's a really catchy song. I love it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old September 3, 2012

sexual.

AWESOME!!!!! its so catchy! but the musiuc video is sexual because thre is a scene in a bedroom where a guy squeezes a girls butt. another scene where someone pulls his shirt up and a girl feels his abs. a picture where a girl is licking a guys abs. and another scene where someone pulls a girls top down. im eleven and i love this song though its awesome
What other families should know
Too much sex