Better Off Dead: “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” & What It Says About Projecting Expectations Onto A Lover

Maybe there’s something to the necrophiliac’s fetish for the corpse. Of course, like all things perverse, this predilection tends to be most commonly found in men and their love of a girl they can really mold into their own. But no matter one’s gender, it’s rather understandable that there’s far …

“White Mustang”: “Burning Up” Meets “Deeper and Deeper”

Because to be famous in the twenty-first century is to release little “teases” of your work on social media, most knew what to expect from the video for Lana Del Rey’s third single from Lust for Life, “White Mustang.” Revealing a scene of herself driving with that signature calm countenance …

Katy Perry Might Have Done Better Not to Release A Video for “Swish Swish”

Billed as being the most “unwatchable, eye-gouging blowout of the season,” the game that the sports commentators, Bill Walton and Rich Eisen, in the opening to “Swish Swish” are referring to turns out to serve as an accurate description for the video itself. And no, it’s never a coincidence when …

“Papa Don’t Preach” Speaks to the Complexity of the Father-Daughter Relationship

Quite possibly more than any other piece of pop culture, musically speaking, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” speaks to just how intense and often contentious the father-daughter relationship can be. Based on an actual conversation between a group of high school girls that songwriter Brian Elliot heard outside his studio in …

Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” Video Channels Lameness In Its Shock Value

Selena Gomez has probably “shocked” more expertly with other music videos of hers in the past, like the Alek Keshishian-directed “Hands to Myself” or even the obsequious “Good For You.” Her latest single, “Bad Liar”–supposedly about The Weeknd, who seems far closer to Lana Del Rey these days–seems to be …