Katy Perry’s new music video for ‘E.T.’: craptastic or interesting?

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Okay, you know how I’ve always complained about Katy Perry and her “music”? It’s true. I really dislike Katy’s music, across the board. I dislike the official versions of her songs, and I abhor her live performances even more. But this too shall pass, because for the past week, I have not been able to get Katy’s “E.T.” out of my head. It’s really, really catchy. And… it’s not bad. Not for fluffy pop music. Sigh… does this make uncool?

Anyway, the song has been getting a lot of play on the radio, and now Katy has just released her fancy music video. It’s… interesting.

So… I don’t really “understand” it, but whatever. It’s more fun when you think that Katy is singing about her undying love for alien goddess Tilda Swinton. In fact, I kind of think Katy used Tilda as inspiration for costumes, makeup and hair. Also, I think Katy is an “alien” from the Planet Tacky Mall Nails. Her acrylic nails will destroy planet earth!

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Screencaps from the video.

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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    Kaiser, thanks for the head’s up: I watched the video with the volume off. :)

    It also looks like she used True Blood’s opening montage for “inspiration” starting around the 1:38 mark.

  2. sassenach says:

    I feel like a loser. I LOVE this song.

  3. cz says:

    this sounds a lot like T.A.T.U’s “all the things she said” for some reason.

  4. galaxy.girl says:

    I wanted to see it!, but KW is in it? omg trash. Why put him in it? Why instant TURN OFF?

  5. teehee says:

    So now lets see the trend Lady Gaga has set for the most unusual and whack costumes and makeup… I predict a lot or all ‘pop “artists”‘ will start doing this…

  6. Quest says:

    This is a far cry from her usual bubble-pop videos (strange)

  7. sasa says:

    Meh, it sounds like a mix of things I already heard somewhere. I personally don’t like Katy’s voice and her alien seems to me to be very much inspired by The Diva from Fifth Element.

  8. Jack says:

    @cz: yep it sounds like “all the things she said”

  9. nikki says:

    @cz
    thank you!!! I knew I’d heard that beat somewhere but I couldn’t figure it out but that’s definitely the song it reminded me of.
    I’m glad that katy didn’t do her usual I’m a sugar pop pornstar look for once

  10. PaulY says:

    @cz Totally. That’s what I thought the first time I heard it too.

  11. Jennifer says:

    I love the song. Period. And the video certainly is… interesting. I don’t think It’s terrible at all, but, I don’t think I’ll ever feel the need to watch it again.

  12. Chelsey says:

    Mm not a good look for her. Looks like something out of Battlefield Earth.

    Also I could never stand her voice and this song makes me cringe.

    And yes, definitely getting the Gaga ripoff vibe.

  13. gabs says:

    Definitely feels like shes trying to out-weird Gaga

  14. wunderkindt says:

    GaGa rip off!

  15. Crys says:

    I had made a comment on this song on youtube previously. It was basically that this tune was a rip-off of one of Tatu’s songs (All the things she said). I’m still surprised there has been no word from Tatu’s camp…

  16. liz says:

    catastrophic

  17. ordinarygirl86 says:

    I’d have appreciated this song much more if she’d not ripped off Gaga’s crappy Born this Way video.

    That being said I guess? this is better then the crappy cupcake bras and girl scout slut look she usually goes for!

  18. I don’t get this song, I don’t know how it’s catchy, couldn’t make myself watch the video and just left it playing but had to stop it halfway anyway as the song is impossible to listen through even once. no, thank you, Katy, please go away.

  19. Katie says:

    I have such issues with Katy Perry. I can’t stand her, she dresses stupid, she thinks she’s hotter and more talented than she is actually is, Russell Brand is too smart for her (although I don’t find him attractive), and she can’t sing live to save her life. BUT. Dammit if a lot of her songs aren’t catchy. This one I especially can’t stop listening to. Damn her!!

  20. malachais says:

    Kanye’s rhymes:
    Tell me what’s next, alien sex
    I’ma disrobe you, than I’mma probe you
    See I abducted you, so I tell ya what to do

    Umm…I used to like his music, what happened?

    @could be a trick, ITA. I don’t “get” Katy Perry at all.

  21. cara says:

    yep, tatu borrowing for sure. Who borrows from tatu by the way? I mean, Katy, if you’re gonna rip people off, at least aim a little higher!

  22. Jayna says:

    Love it. This is far better than Gaga’s Born This Way with her Mother Monster pulling things out from her va jay jay. This held my interest until the end. Love it when a video does that.

    LOL And how is she ripping off Gaga? The song is about alien love. What was she supposed to do the video of? Of course, there would be an alien theme.

  23. DetRiotgirl says:

    I really liked parts of this video. I love the design of her mechanical man and the Wall-E like wrecked planet he was on. Her make up artist also did an excellent job. It sort of felt like an episode of Star Trek played out by first rate drag queens. I’m into that.

    However, I could have done without the random animal planet clips and the weird “look! I have hooves!” ending. Also, good lord, I could have done without Kanye.

    I don’t mind him so much when it’s just the music. His first verse is alright. Well, ok, the second verse sucks no matter what. But, he truly contributes nothing to this video. I mean, couldn’t he at least slap on some Vulcan ears or something and try to get into the concept? Talk about phoning it in…

    And yeah, the song sounds like it could be any number of T.a.T.u songs. But, I kind of love T.a.T.u.. So, eh, this song is ok by me too.

  24. Devon says:

    Oh that was just bad. Like real bad.

    Glad I’m not the only one who thought she was ripping off Digital Kitchen’s True Blood opening credit sequence. Did I really see 2 animals humping in that video? Was the albino black guy the alien? She needs to sit down and shut up. The only decent part of the video were Kanye being Kanye.

  25. Elfie says:

    I feel like a hypocrite. I have loathed GaGa’s song Born this waybecause she ‘inspired’from Madonna and the korean band girl. Still, Katy Perry apparently did the same withthis song.. But I don’t care…

    It’s probably because GaGa take herself so seriosly and something from out of this world.

  26. dudslove says:

    i love using the word craptastic therefore i love Kaiser :)

  27. Jess says:

    It’s like Wall-E and Labyrinth got it on, and this is their black sheep of a love child.

  28. Merry says:

    @cz, I agree, the Tatu’s song comes immediately to mind.
    And I find this song to be beastially, epically, inequivocably bad. Like, insanely-should-have-never-been-made bad.

  29. Amanda G says:

    I actually like Katy Perry’s songs, but I wish SOMEONE ELSE sang them. She cannot sing and her voice is irritating.

    It’s a terrible video, but I do appreciate that she’s not trying to be all “cute, bubbly, sexy” for once.

  30. Mari says:

    I have a soft spot for her- mainly because everyone tells me I look identical to her…but I also enjoy the song. Video is different, but I like oddity.

  31. Tee says:

    I love this song and I love Katy. Perhaps it’s my generation, I barely remember the Tatu song so that could be an indication. All her songs are just so catchy (could be the repetitiveness).The video is different :P

  32. Maddie says:

    Love this song and CZ your right it does sound like T.A.T.U’s “all the things she said”

    I do not like Katy Perry (or GaGa zilla to much airplay on the radio)

    But for some reason I love this song because of the beat.

  33. Sammy says:

    When will this bitch’s 15 minutes be up?

  34. artichoke says:

    still can’t stand her. catchy beat but the lyrics are just.so.bad…

  35. truetalk says:

    before reading d title of d post i thought it was about lady gaga

  36. anyhoo says:

    @cz THANK YOU! I couldn’t figure it out but that’s it for sure.

  37. Beatrix says:

    This is the dumbest video I have ever seen.

  38. Sassy says:

    Can’t stand Katy Perry. Can’t stand Kanye West. Put them together? Double UGH. Hate the song and the video sucks.

  39. Brittany says:

    I hate that the first part of the video is just watching her do somersaults and turning around in mid air with weird costumes and outfits on…

  40. Jane says:

    I’m a huge Katy Perry fan and can’t get this song out of my head! Love it!

  41. Shy says:

    I love video. You can’t see too much of those pretty and interesting videos these days. There’s so much crap out here that it’s like a breath of fresh air. I like the make up and dresses.

  42. the original bellaluna says:

    @ Devon – Good eye, girl! I guess we’re the only 2 who noticed that. (Well, that; and the dying/humping animals strung willy-nilly throughout the video.)

    And does anyone else think she looks like Kate Beckinsale or a blue-eyed Rhona Mitra in that header shot? That “This is OUR city” movie is coming to mind – like a cross between that bad chick and Kate or Rhona. Great, now I’m traumatised.

  43. Leigh says:

    I agree with the previous comments about this being a half-assed attempt to outweird Gaga.

    The song’s addicting (probably because she’s ripped off someone) but the video just tries too hard and ends up ruining any chance this song had of making sense. At least Born This Way has a message.

  44. Cali says:

    I LOVED this video and the song!!!!!! And unlike that stupid vile craptastic Born This Way song + even worse video, this actually made sense to have aliens, it’s called E.T. The visuals were amazing and she looked weird and gorgeous. Some people are saying the song is close to a song by T.a.t.u but at least if she ripped off their song, she did it GOOD, take note Gaga!

  45. Cali says:

    Oh and Katy, weren’t you just talking about “Product Placement”???? Aren’t those Vogue glasses? Uhh huh…yeah don’t start talking out of the side of your mouth again, okay? Love the Video and song minus Kanye.

  46. Flounder says:

    Neat!

  47. munchies says:

    there are faces that look amazing with make up and so on but on hers it is mehh and ugh!

    bland.

  48. Jover says:

    The marketing of KP is far more impressive than her “music.” Folks, this “song” is on her teenage dreams cd released 8/24/2010 and there are six writers/producers not including KP. This song is seven months old – if it were that good wouldn’t it have gotten attention and airplay already. Just think – if music vids didn’t exist neither would most of today’s pop music.

  49. luls says:

    i cud stomache the vid, but the ending ruined it for me!! (her silly hooves and the albino black man with wierd ribcage)

  50. Sunday says:

    LOVE the song, the video is pretty decent. But I really don´t get the T.A.T.U reference, it´s nothing like it! It´s not even the same tempo…

  51. I Choose Me says:

    Fun song, interesting video. I’m pretty much meh on Katy Perry but I liked it.

  52. curmudgeon says:

    Finally someone steels Gagas stolen goods. Lets see how she likes it. Bet she whines.

  53. curegirl0421 says:

    I actually really like that! I don’t hate on Katy like you guys, I actually think she’s really fun… but I have to say this would have been absolutely stellar (no pun intended) without Kanye. He’s a turd, and the overly sexually-graphic lyrics he “raps” take me out of the moment of weird Tilda-love.

  54. katys-fan:) says:

    katy perry is way better than lady gaga u just can’t compare someone so beautiful(katy) to someone trashy(gaga) plz!!!!!! to all u haters that keep talking about katy perry are the ones who make her become better so keep on hating bitches lol…

  55. gossip_ho says:

    absolutely craptastic!

  56. Laura says:

    Yeah, I hate Katy Perry and I hate Kanye, makes sense that these idiots work together.

  57. ZZ says:

    It’s a… nice song. I’ve never said that about a Katy Perry song before…

    But the video is lame. I think maybe the director was TRYING to make it artistic, but failed. I don’t think she copied Gaga though. EVERY popular female musician out there today does videos like these. They try way too hard to “shock” people and show them how unique and artistic they are.

    And I think she looks nice at the end, with the bronze-y makeup.

  58. JstsmRndmChck says:

    OK, I don’t see why everyone is ragging on Katy, but i love this song. Yes it does remind me of tatu, but it sounds nothing like all the things she said

  59. Lolo says:

    I don’t see why this is catchy..

  60. Aey says:

    Let’s sum it all up. (Btw the capital letters are there for people who don’t want to read it all)

    If no one noticed, when she grabs the sunglasses you can see “Pigeon: Common Bird. Extinct 2030″ So obviously it looks like world is in ruins. That paired with the old 20s/30s song at the beginning: FALLOUT RIPOFF.

    The melody/beat/rhythm: T.a.T.u. RIPOFF (most noticeable during the chorus)

    Coincidence she makes a weird space video same time Lady Gaga does? Yeah no. GAGA RIPOFF

    The videos of Earth, such as animals/plants? Total FIFTH ELEMENT RIPOFF

    I’ve never seen it but people are saying she did a TRUE BLOOD RIPOFF near 1:30

    And finally, Kanye West really does give -nothing- to this video. All he does is interrupt it.

    All of that noted… the makeup is amazing. I think the man at the end is supposed to be the human specimen in that junkyard, also being the last human period. Personally I find the song itself really catchy. Lastly even though the video is full of “inspirations” I find it beautiful.

  61. Kat says:

    I totally thought that it was a T.a.T.u rip off myself so wasn’t surprised to come on here and see that lots of others thought the same thing. Aey, you cracked me up! I think Gaga is a million times more talented then Katy Perry, Gaga can actually sing live! Hate this song!