The East-Central Illinois Cultural Studies Association Conference’s Music-as-Culture Division’s Pop Music section’s moderators have issued a call for papers on Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” Thus far there are five submissions:
“‘Friday’ and the Production of Adolescence: Ark Music Factory and the Corporate Imperative”Won’t you join in? Leave the title of your paper in a comment. Submissions are due by April 1, 2011. Hurry up!
“Black Like ‘We’: Tropes of Alterity and Color in ‘Friday’”
“‘I don’t want this weekend to end’: Diachroneity and Paradox in ‘Friday’”
“In Search of Free Time: Agency, ‘Friday,’ Futurity, Structure”
“Notes Toward a Supreme Weekend: The Suburban Sublime in ‘Friday’”
My last thought on “Friday,” which has been stuck in my head for a week: yes, it’s hilariously, deliriously bad. But it participates in the dumb beauty of some of the greatest pop music. The difference between
Kickin’ in the front seatand
Sittin’ in the back seat
Sittin’ in my car outside your houseis a difference in degree, not in kind.
’Member when you spilled Coke all over your blouse?
Rebecca Black, “Friday” (YouTube)