Monday, March 28, 2011

Call for papers (“Friday”)

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”

“Black Like ‘We’: Tropes of Alterity and Color in ‘Friday’”

“‘I don’t want this weekend to end’: Diachronicity and Paradox in ‘Friday’”

“In Search of Free Time: Agency, ‘Friday,’ Futurity, Structure”

“Notes Toward a Supreme Weekend: The Suburban Sublime in ‘Friday’”
Won’t you join in? Leave the title of your paper in a comment. Submissions are due by April 1, 2011. Hurry up!

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 seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Sittin’ in my car outside your house
’Member when you spilled Coke all over your blouse?
is a difference in degree, not in kind.

Related listening
Rebecca Black, “Friday” (YouTube)

comments: 7

Elaine said...

Is posting this twice part of the joke?

And now I have a headache, too.

Michael Leddy said...

Elaine, do you mean that this post is showing up twice? Or that I mentioned the song in a couple of posts? Either way, I’m sorry about your headache.

Ben said...

"Which Seat Can I Take?": Agency and the Construction of Normative Automotivity

"Friend [by my] Right": The Hegemony of Positionality in Black's 'Friday'

Michael Leddy said...

You’re in. ;)

Mr Saturday Pants said...

"The Horror, The Horror: Reflections on the Authorial Imagination, Specifically on How the Author Imagines his Reaction to this Song, which He Refuses to Experience Voluntarily, Would Make Him Feel Like Kurtz at the End of Apocalyps Now"

Michael Leddy said...

See you at the conference, Mr. Pants.

Michael Leddy said...

I just got the mondegreen.