She promised us fun, '80s-style rollerskating rink jams, and based on Katy Perry's first single from her second album, she's delivering. This is "California Gurls," a delirious electro-pop confection with a rubber-band funk bass line and an ecstatic chorus about "sunkissed skin."
In the first verse, Katy sends a shout-out to the famous West Coast cocktail of gin and juice and, wouldn't you know it, Long Beach's most-wanted, Snoop Dogg, pops up midway through the jam, referring to, "Katy, my lady."
The song calls to mind 1980s hits from Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson and Bananarama. But in the end, it's unmistakably Katy Perry. This one is dialed in to be a song of the summer; it's effervescent and bright and tons of fun. Roll down the windows and enjoy it.