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Best sci-fi song of 2011 – “Blow”

It’s not recommended to try to look closely into any of Ke$ha’s lyrics, although the temptation is there. I mean, the lyrics can’t be as inane as it appears on face value, right? Fortunately, I’m the only one who dares to find a deeper meaning in these songs. Nathan Rabin of the A.V. Club brilliantly deconstructs “We R Who We R” as a cry for help from a “homeless girl who sleeps in a garbage bag full of glitter”. So perhaps it is not a stretch give Miss dollar sign some credit as a budding, young, not-so-original science-fiction writer with her single “Blow.”The video director seemed to arrive at the same conclusion, as the video comprises of a shoot-out in a nightclub full of unicorn-headed humanoids, who bleed rainbow-colored blood. The video seems to be an Eldritch Abomination cross between the Cantina scene of “A New Hope“, and Neon Tree’s video of “Animal.” And give the director credit, if the mute the volume, it is a damn entertaining video.

For the sake of comparison, check out the 2000 meme, “All Your Base Are Belong To Us.” It is a remix of the 1991 video game Zero Wing. Well, the European Engrish translation of the opening cut scene that set dubbing back (at least) 20 years. The game is a standard side scrolling shooter, which, like most shoot ’em up side scrollers, are set in a sci-fi setting.

So if you take some inane drivel masquerading as lyrics, combined with Auto-tuning that makes a tone-deaf warbling into something closer to K-Pop than English, and what do you get? I say some C-grade sci-fi because it is a lot nicer than saying Z-grade music. I believe this song is about a space station’s computer system on the verge of a terminal breakdown, which may or may not be a metaphor to the artist’s personal life, casting herself as the voice and avatar of the CPU’s Artificial (Un)Intelligence. So let us deconstruct this subversive savant. The first line, “Backdoor cracked we don’t need a key,” is complete computer hacking jargon. It sets the tone of a rogue computer that goes all the way back to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The line, “Drink that Kool-Aid” is another clear metaphor for losing one’s sense of thinking rationally. A few lines later, we get, “It’s time to kill the lights and / Shut the DJ down.” In sci-fi terms, the “lights” and “DJ” represent the power and life support, respectively. Or vice-versa. The remainder of the lyrics are the nonsense and gibberish one would expect from a person/AI/android/whatever that has completely lost all vocabulary skills, and facing immanent self-destruction. Hey, believe it or don’t, but this interpretation does make the song slightly more tolerable. Slightly.

And no, I have no idea what James Van Der Beek represents in the video or song.

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