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

Common Sense Media says

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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 of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 22, 2012
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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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 

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
Parent of a 7, 11, and 17 year old Written byAttorneyDanGon July 17, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

A little advise from a parent to another

"describes just about everything a parent wouldn't want a teen to do". It really depends on the parenting-style or your influence on your child. If this kind of songs have more influence on your child. you should ask yourself. WHAT KIND OF A PARENT ARE YOU. And for the song Maybe the songs message is bad. But. Its a little catchy
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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