The Farr Side: Katy Perry is one of the girls

David T. Farr

"I Kissed A Girl” is one of those songs that makes you go, “hmmm.”

It begins with that infectious beat, like early No Doubt or Pink songs. It loops you in and then before long you’re hooked. 

The same goes for “I Kissed a Girl,” only to think so might feel oh so wrong, or it might feel oh so right, to put it in Katy Perry’s words.

Perry’s gender-bending single, “I Kissed A Girl” is currently spending its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. It’s also Billboard’s No. 1 Pop 100 Airplay single, Pop 100 single, Hot Digital Song and Hot Digital Track. 

It’s safe to say the song is a hit, controversial or not. 

I’m still on the fence with this song, although the music is gaining on me. I’m not so quick to switch the station when it plays anymore, something my stereo knobs appreciate. The song is in heavy rotation.

The fact she’s a girl singing about kissing another girl might make some people uncomfortable. To each his own, I guess. It doesn’t really bother me. I’m smart enough to know it’s just a song.

What might surprise other people, though, is that Perry first came onto the music scene as Christian artist Katy Hudson in 2001 – another reason to go hmmm.

The Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” was another interesting hit when it became quite popular in the early ’90s. After the “What’d they just say?” expressions, it wasn’t a half-bad tune, although it’s highly recommended you don’t cruise through town with your windows down when playing it. 

I give Perry props for making the song. It has definitely got her some attention, especially in a medium where only a select few are getting any exposure, i.e., Leona Lewis. Perry may very well have taken a line or two straight out of Madonna’s handbook, which could explain why the Material Girl is praising Perry so much right now. 

Perry’s debut CD, “One Of The Boys,” illustrates a new artist on the rise, while also trouncing one-hit-wonder thoughts I had.

I wasn’t sure if she would be taken seriously or if “I Kissed A Girl” was just a fluke, but after listening to the album, Perry can rock. She’s a throwback to Missing Persons’ Dale Bozzio or Berlin’s Terri Nunn mixed with a modern flair of Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Pink and Gwen Stefani for relevance. 

Perry’s sassy attitude and big pipes are perfect for wrapping around the “Classic ’80s” pop/rock vibe of the tracks’ “One Of The Boys,” “Self-Inflicted,” and “Mannequin.”

“If You Can Afford Me” and “Waking Up In Vegas” carry on more of the same impish lyricisms started by the online buzz over her song “Ur So Gay.”

“Hot N’ Cold” best rivals her current chart peers. The lyrics are well-written and the music is now. It’s the best up-tempo track on the album, where as “Lost” is the best ballad.

“Lost” was a pleasant surprise. Perry’s tough girl side departs momentarily while a more vulnerable side peeks through — something I’d like to see more of from her. 

Katy Perry may be just one of the boys, but she joins a growing list of great new female talents to emerge, including Duffy, Sarah Bareilles, Colbie Callait, Jordin Sparks, Adele, and Leona Lewis.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis Journal correspondent.  E-mail him at