I love this song so much that I don't even know where to start loving. How about the way that the autotuned singer hits the right notes for just the first verse, and then immediately slips and begins hitting flats? Or the way the chorus copies Baby just the way Friday did, and changes it even less? (Well, really it's copying Friday's copy of Baby, but there's still that brief echo of Bieber in there.) How about the second hook, which mimics Friday's "Partying, partying / Yeah!" with an even more monotonous "Dancing dancing dancing dancing dancing dancing dancing / Ey!" Or the opening, that hesitant "RB, Rebecca Black" that sounds simultaneously nervous and smug, with the sound of the crowd cheering in the background.
The lyrics do some clever things to be funny. They rely on a kind of ADD-spoofed enjambment, where a phrase that seems like it's heading towards a payoff instead immediately changes the subject. ("My hair is curled and my perfume smeeeells / good. I like a boy, he's nice." Or, better yet: "We're all dancing in the sky. / His eyes look great cuz they are brown.")
And then there's the rap bridge, which is even funnier if you didn't realize the song was a parody before it began (which is how it happened with me). The rap bridge in Baby was ridiculous to begin with — why is a 32-year-old man trading verses about love with a teenager? (It's still terrific, because it's Ludacris and Ludacris can do anything.) The bridge in Friday was funnier because the rapper wasn't
famous, so we could appreciate it properly for its creepiness. Prom Night can't be unintentionally creepy, seeing as it's an intentional spoof, so instead it makes its rap bridge an abrupt shift into profanity, sex, and violence. ("Prom night is the night to fuck!
/ This guy tried to fight me so I killed him and shit!
" Followed by a lot of garbled, undecipherable lyrics, or maybe chanting.) The rest of Prom Night is a fairly subtle spoof, so the shift into the goofy immaturity of the bridge is incredibly satisfying.
Prom Night is by no means the only parody of Friday to have come out this week, but it's easily the best. (Ethan Newberry's Saturday
is my runner-up — the video's great, particularly the bridge — but it makes the more obvious jokes. It's a spoof, not a satire.) What I think is remarkable about it is how subtle a joke it is, and how quickly it was made in response to the original. And let's face it, if it was made a week from now nobody would care.
gleeful analysis. gleeful.