"Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen

Monday, April 09, 2012

I know for a fact, without checking the charts, that this song has to be really popular in the U.S. right now. First of all, it's catchy. Second of all, Carly Rae Jepsen is backed by Justin Bieber. Anything, still, that's got Justin Bieber's name on it will sell like hotcakes. Especially if Selena Gomez is also involved.

... and she is. Before I had ever heard of Carly Rae Jepsen or heard the song or seen her face, I saw this video, which I'm guessing is a video Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and friends (Ashley Tisdale, Samantha Droke, Big Time Rush -- howdoIknowthatthat'sembarrassing and people I'd presume are Justin Bieber's dancers) shot to help push Justin Bieber's 26-year-old ingenue. You have to give it to him, the kid knows how to do it guerilla (or maybe just grassroots) style. Kudos, dude.

At first I was obsessed with the video ... with Samantha Droke's inadvertent sexiness, the banana phones, the hipster moustaches, Jelena (oh geez) ... and I couldn't stop watching the video. Now I can't stop listening to the song. Whatever subliminal messages Justin Bieber is putting in his music is working. I. Don't. Know. Why. "Boyfriend"'s not even a good song, but I'm beginning to drink the Kool-aid. Again.

Anyway, turns out this Carly Rae Jepsen (I eventually went and gave the original musician a little credit for her music) placed third in one of the seasons of Canadian Idol and just wasn't known in the U.S. And along came Justin Bieber, who changed it all for her. Biggest shocker? She's my age! 

Oh how harshly I would've judged her as a teenager, for being "so old" and touting such immature-sounding material. Just goes to show how far I've come (or regressed, depending on how you want to look at it). No longer do I look down at people who like teen/ybopper music not out of irony, but pure enjoyment. What's wrong with liking something because it's fun, even if it sounds like it was written by and for 15-year-olds? (I say that sincerely, I swear.) Nothing.

So as I come close to my 27th year on earth, I salute Carly Rae Jepsen for her (mis)fortune crossing paths with Justin Bieber, for her incredibly catchy song, and for having the bravery to make fun pop music in her late 20s. With any luck, we'll be young forever just like Katy Perry promises.

Here is Carly Rae's music video ... I can't say I've watched the entire thing myself yet, but here you go ...

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  1. If you haven't watched this video in its entirety yet, you should do so. The end is what makes it worth it (and honestly, the only memorable thing about the video).



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