January 19, 2014

I watched Katy Perry’s tour doc …

Katy Perry: Part of Me (Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, 2012). And I liked it. New to me: the historical fact that the confessions of Alanis were a liberating force for a Christian teenager who thought you weren’t allowed to write songs about anything but God; the idea that a male pop star wouldn’t expose a failed relationship to scrutiny in the same way Perry does here, meaning that he probably wouldn’t be expected to (she does all the relationship work). Even in a pre-fame setting, the star is both more interesting and squarer than you might expect. Not noted: that the lyrics of “Firework” were inspired by On the Road – the bit about “the mad ones”. Really. But Part of Me tells us that unlike, say, Gaga, she actually isn’t one. The music always runs like clockwork (it’s obvious we belong on tour).