Katy Perry loves transformation almost as much as Lady Gaga. She’s played a bi-curious nympho, a pyrosexual human boob sparkler, a frizzed-out partying brace-faced teenager and Kanye West’s alien girlfriend.
For her latest video for “The One That Got Away,” Perry made her saddest metamorphosis, into an old woman. It reminds me of Kate Winslet in The Reader, if The Reader had been directed by Floria Sigismond. (Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People,” Perry’s “E.T,” The Runaways)
There’s actually two very sad things about “The One That Got Away.” Not only is Perry’s forlorn older-self reminiscing fairly convincingly about her former lover (Diego Luna) BUT if this single goes to number one on Billboard, Katy will pass Michael Jackson’s record.
What is the world coming to? When the girl who sings “baby you’re a a firework,” “I kissed a girl and I liked it” and “you’re so gay and you don’t even like boys” passes the man who did “Thriller,”Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and so much more.
If you look at Rihanna, Perry and Gaga’s careers, it’s all about acting crazy. Oh and insane singing ability. Except Katy. My fat Siamese cat Raisin can belt it out better than this grey-headed Rose-in-Titanic flashback can at her lame candy-cane concerts. (I’d rather see Tom Jones live)