A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single contains troublesome messages for people of any age, let alone impressionable young teens. The entire song is based on getting extremely drunk while out on the town, with the scene deteriorating to the point that people start acting violently (smashing things, etc.) and taking their clothes off in public. While the tune doesn't include any swearing or graphic sexual descriptions, its glorification of drinking to extreme excess is a message that any parent would want their teen to avoid.
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What's the story?
Risque dance-pop princess Ke$ha is at it againin "TAKE IT OFF," the latest single from her album Animal. In this song, Ke$ha engages in some hardcore clubbing and partying, getting so drunk that she and her friends start to knock over trash cans, break bottles, and engage in other acts left up to the imagination. Though there's no explicit mention of sex,the partygoers also take all their clothes off on the dance floor. This track may lack swear words and graphic sexual descriptions, but its out-of-control partying is still a negative message for people of any age, let alone young kids.
Is it any good?
Granted, Ke$ha's music is meant for the clubs, so effects like the auto-tune are to be expected; however, she goes on auto-tune overboard in this track, making it difficult to hear much of her voice at all. The synth beat itself is catchy enough, though it's not much different than her many singles that have come before, making this seem like a ho-hum single overall.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the realities behind extreme drinking -- and how it's not all it's cracked up to be. What are some of the physical and emotional repercussions of getting super drunk?
How does it make you feel to see the behavior of someone who's really drunk? Does it seem cool -- or crazy? Why?