The party don't start till I walk in...
- AC/DC, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Beck, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Britney Spears, Johnny Cash, The Damned, Dinosaur Jr., Flaming Lips, Fugazi, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Aaron Neville, Dolly Parton, Iggy Pop, Queen, The Residents, Velvet Underground
Rose Sebert (pronounced as Kesh-uh, born March 1, 1987), is a singer/rapper known by the mononym of Kesha
(2009-present) (formerly stylized as Ke$ha). Kesha was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Nashville, Tennessee
. Her breakthrough single came in early 2009 after appearing on Flo Rida's number one single "Right Round". She wrote songs for Miley Cyrus
(Time Of Our Lives) The Veronicas
(This Love) and worked on "Lace And Leather" for Britney Spears
before she hit the big time. Her debut single, "TiK ToK", and album, Animal
followed shortly afterwards in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Later, she released an EP, Cannibal
, which featured successful songs such as "We R Who We R", "Blow", and "Sleazy". She currently finished the Get Sleazy Tour then released a second album.
Her Signature Style
can be roughly summed up as Retraux-style Synth Pop
with tomboyish lyrical themes
up the wazoo.
- Animal (2010)
- I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album (2011)
- Warrior (2012)
- Deconstructed (2012), an acoustic EP
This musician provides examples of:
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: "thE dee-gen-ER-ates" (the degenerates) from "Warrior" comes to mind.
- Action Girl: In "Blow".
- The Alcoholic: At least in her songs' lyrics.
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Meta-example with the music video for "Blow" - the last chorus has Kesha and James Van Der firing off gunshots that have rainbow trails following them.
- Anti-Love Song: Blah Blah Blah (Basically a sex and leave song), Dirty Love(Just after sex again), Thinking Of You (I loved you, broke my heart but now I'm a star), Die Young (Break up with your lover to come with me).
- Auto Erotica: "Gold Trans Am". As she bluntly states at the beginning of the song, "This song makes me wanna have sex in my car."
- Auto-Tune: Embodies this almost as much as T-Pain.
- Bad Girl Song: "A Bad Girl's Lament", one of her unreleased ones.
- Be Yourself: "We R Who We R", "Warrior", "Crazy Kids", "All That Matters (Beautiful Life)", "Love Into The Light".
- Bi the Way
- Blah Blah Blah: One of her songs is named this.
- Break Up Song: "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes", "Blind", "Kiss N Tell", "Hungover", "C U Next Tuesday", "Last Goodbye."
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She plays the part of a airheaded spacecase in interviews, but behind it is an intellectual singer-songwriter from a musical family.
- Cameo: In "I Kissed a Girl".
- Concept Album: Animal is about empowerment and individuality, Cannibal is grief and strength and Warrior is magic.
- Chainsaw Good: In the second "Take It Off" video. It shoots lasers, too.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her family housed Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in a 2005 episode of The Simple Life; Ke$ha appeared as their "daughter who is really into music".
- Central Theme: Be your own strange self and it's okay to not take life seriously.
- Cool Car: Her gold Trans Am gets a couple shout-outs before getting a song devoted to it.
- Cute Kitten: Used these to troll her fans about art work for her Warrior Album.
- Darker and Edgier: Her Warrior album has a parental advisory sticker, not for no reason...
- Deadpan Snarker: She practically does this while singing.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Pedicure on my toes, toes."
- Detractor Nickname: In-universe. The video for "Blow" prominently features James Van Der Beek, who she calls "James Van Der Douche"
- Dirty Old Man: "Dinosaur" is about one.
- Disappeared Dad: Grew up in a single-parent home and doesn't know who her father is (or whether or not he's still alive)
- There are some epileptic tree theories that John Travolta is her father, based on some photo comparisons and some facts like that her mom was a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles at the time of her conception.
- '80s Hair: In the "We R Who We R" music video.
- Europop: It's often discussed on a certain group of British radio stations.
- Era-Specific Personality: Before finding mainstream success with her auto-tuned party music, She was known as 'Kesha Sebert', whose music had a distinct indie/folk sound. One such example of her work can be found here, as well as in The Barbie Diaries as "Invisible".
- Everything's Better with Princesses: "Disney's Princess Ke$ha".
- Everything's Better with Sparkles:
- In an Entertainment Weekly article, she professed to "the healing power of glitter" as a hangover cure. Not to mention her eye makeup on the page photo. She even has a guy to literally bathe her in a mixture of glitter and baby oil.
- The video for "Take It Off" turns into a multicolored glitterfest by the second half. It is literally just rainbow clouds of glitter flying around the screen while people dance.
- Averted on her CD, which is mostly sparkle-free.
- Fanservice: "Take It Off" and "Your Love Is My Drug".
- Gay Aesop: "We R Who We R".
- Gender Flip: "Blah Blah Blah" was written as an inversion of all the rap songs that objectify women — the entire song is about her telling guys to shut up, strip naked and have sex with her.
- "Kiss N Tell" and "Thinking of You" both call a man a slut for sleeping around, and in "Grow a Pear" inverts "Females are the weaker sex" arguments
- Getting Crap Past the Radar/ Fun with Acronyms: I'll C U Next Tuesday.
- Green Eyes
- Grief Song: "The Harold Song" is about the death of a former boyfriend.
- Guns Akimbo: In the laser gun duel in "Blow".
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: The song "TiK ToK" is basically about waking up hung over, getting drunk, heading out to the club, and getting more drunk.
- Hey Lets Put On A Show: She very sweetly decided to put on a benefit concert to help the victims of the flooding in Tennessee. This act won her a lot of good karma back in Nashville.
- Heroic RROD / Heroic BSOD: Has gone to rehab early 2014 after an awful 2012/2013! Including, issues with management, her album vision not coming to fruition, cancelled tour dates and an eating disorder...
- Appears to have resolved itself now that she's finished with rehab. The first thing she announced was that she was dropping the dollar sign from her stage name and is already working on new music. With this news, we're likely going to be hearing news of a New Sound Album.
- Some of her non-parody songs sound like this, notably "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes". The unreleased "Save Me", to some extent.
- Hidden Depths: Would you believe that she's actually an ordained minister? She even performed a commitment ceremony for two of her lesbian friends. Also see Obfuscating Stupidity below, she had nearly perfect SAT scores and went to history classes for fun.
- Iconic Outfit: Not applying to Ke$ha, for once. The green lurex bikini top worn in the video by the brunette dancer/DJ girl in the video for "We R Who We R" during a scene which features advertising for plentyoffish.com. This shows how popular Kesha's influence on fashion is.
- The Illuminati: More subtle than Lady Gaga or Rihanna, but the symbolism is still there, mostly in regards to her eye-makeup.
- In Memoriam: "We R Who We R", which was a dedication to the gay teen suicides in 2010. Even more poignant in the music video, where she tosses herself off of a skyscraper.
- Intercourse with You:
- "Party At A Rich Dudes House", "Your Love Is My Drug" and C'mon.
- "Supernatural" is about having sex with a ghost. Word of God claims that the song's based off a true incident—although considering Ke$ha, the seriousness behind that statement is in question.
- In the "Warrior Interrogation" video, Ke$ha admits that "Gold Trans Am" is about her "hoohah". Cars to vaginas? Close enough.
- "Dirty Love" deals with the no-strings-attached side of sex ("All I want is your dirty love"), with Iggy Pop's verse dealing with the primal, "everyone does it" aspect.
- Israelis with Infrared Missiles: This famous clip features a squad of them dancing to her music while on a patrol.
- The Lad-ette: At least it's what the lyrics indicate.
- Letting the Air out of the Band: The song "Tik Tok" uses this effect on the word "tipsy", appropriately enough, as well as the final "shut us dooooown". She uses it a lot in her music, to "Self Bleep" herself and such.
- Loony Fan: Before she was famous, she found and sneaked into Prince's house and left a demo tape on his table.
- Love Is A Drug:
- Long Title: "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes", "Party at a Rich Dudes House", "Only Wanna Dance With You".
- Lucky Charms Title
- Misandry Song: Blah Blah Blah, and Boots N Boys are the heaviest examples of this.
- Name's the Same: There's a village named Kesha in the Yongshun province of China.
- New Sound Album: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ke$ha claims that her new album will be influenced by The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire. She also confirmed that it would be influenced by '70s cock-rock, and that she wants to move pop into a rock direction with the album.
- Now that the album is released, it's better to say that she split it between heavy dance tracks for half of the album, and then mood whiplashes us into the cock-rock out of nowhere with the help of Iggy Pop. And it is glorious.
- Still, apparently, she wasn't allowed to do what she wanted there. We may well expect a New Sound Album in the future.
- Noodle Incident: The video for "Blow" gives us this gem:
"So, I grabbed the bear by the throat, looked him right in the eyes, and I said 'Bear, you have 'till the count of zero to put some pants on and to apologize to the President.' And, um…that's the story of how I was elected to the Parliament of Uzbekistan."
- Non-Appearing Title: "The Harold Song".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The girl was in marching band, attended Cold War history classes for fun, and had near-perfect SAT scores. There's no way this isn't an act on some level. She says herself it's fun.
- Odd Friendship: With Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, who said that he wants the two of them to become 'BFFs.' Sure enough, she's one of the featured guest vocalists (in the first track, no less) on their newest album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Not to mention that he worked with her on her new album, and their upcoming collaboration album Lip$ha.
- One of the Boys: Plays up to this.
- The Parody:
- "Your Love Is My Drug" - supposedly a Deconstructive Parody of love songs in Auto-Tune.
- "Blah Blah Blah" could be seen as a parody of the "pop princess genre" — alternatively it could be parodying the rap culture of objectifying women, or objectification in general, or...
- Possibly her entire career.
- The Pig Pen: So much that Cracked wrote this about her.
- Pretty in Mink: In the video for "Take It Off", she grabs a white fur coat from a car and wears it briefly.
- Protest Song: "V.I.P." has a pretty strong undercurrent of this. "Party At A Rich Dude's House", too.
- Record Producer: Dr. Luke & Benny Blanco co-wrote and produced most of her songs so far.
- Refrain from Assuming: You know, the one where she sings about "The Glitter in My Eyes" or "DJ Turn it Up"?
- Rock Me, Amadeus!: "Take It Off" borrows from "The Streets of Cairo"
"There's a place downtown where the freaks all come around
It's a hole in the wall it's a dirty free for all"
- Rummage Sale Reject: When she isn't in normal clothes, is this.◊ At◊ times◊ crossing◊ with Impossibly Tacky Clothes.
- Running Gag: The 'bottle of Jack' used to be a running gag. Now it's glitter, which she is obviously aware of.
- Refuge in Audacity: She's been described as "the degenerate Hannah Montana"; whereas other pop artists would deny their crude, party-girl image, she completely embraces it (just watch the video for "TiK ToK") in what she calls "the war on pretension".
- Smarter Than You Look: Go back into her pre-party girl days and you get a deep and incredible musician, also her idea to lampshade general party culture and still have fun with it is brilliant.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: On her performances and promotional pictures, she's always as dirty as possible. Other◊ times◊, it's possible to see why Maxim put her on their "Hot 100" list.
- Shout-Out: Her signature makeup style includes dramatic mascara at only her right eye. She's confirmed this as an intentional shout out.
- Silly Love Songs: "Your Love Is My Drug." "Only Wanna Dance With You", "Animal", "Wherever You Are", "Supernatural".
- Stalker with a Crush: The narrator of "Stephen". Very much so.
Stephen... I'll knit you a sweater. I wanna wrap you up... in my love... forever. I would never let you go, Stephen. I'll never let go.
- Stealth Parody: Based on her website, MySpace page, intellect and public comments (she's said she doesn't take this very seriously), it's at least possible that Ke$ha's career is some kind of parody. See Obfuscating Stupidity above.
- Spiritual Antithesis: Out of the world outfits, ideas, and creepy videos which in some degree don't make much sense, obsessed with partying, rebellion and 'fame', with a higher message, and lampshades various pop star expectations and then uses those tropes to their highest degree (Lady Gaga)...Except she does it for fun, is out there cuz she parties and she knows it, just does her thing and has not made herself the official spokesperson for any particular social group and just wants us all to have fun and love one another. Stealth Parody elements are more within Kesha's choices then Gaga's too.
- Spiritual Successor: Easily fits into Britney Spears shoes, fun pop star, who likes to release cutting edge pop music with a more Be Yourself leaning, who wants to create epic stage shows and has some instrumental training/talent.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Feels Like Rain", "Goodbye", "Invisible" and of her album tracks "Wonderland", "The Harold Song" and "Animal".
- "Past Lives" and "Love Into the Light" from her Warrior album.
- "Lover", her new Dr. Luke-less song, is this as well.
- Surreal Music Video: Let me count the ways.
- For those of you who don't want to click the links, we have...
- "Take It Off Ke$ha 'n Friends Version" which opens with a Leopard and from there turns into a neon alley way rave with furries and Evil Sorceress Ke$ha winning an RPG dance battle.
- "Animal", which involves Ke$ha fighting backwards headed monsters in deep space and ends with a credibly impression of a Wave Motion Gun.
- "Take It Off (Original Version)" which ends with a rave in an empty swimming pool filled with chalk dust. And that chalk dust used to be people.
- "Your Love Is My Drug" which turns into an animated acid trip by the end.
- "Blow", which starts with the line "So I grabbed the bear by the throat, looked him right in the eye, and told him 'you have until the count of zero to put some pants on and apologize to the president'. And that's the story of how I was elected to the Parliament of Uzbekistan." which Kesha tells to a pair of unicorns while drinking champagne. It then evolves into a club full of unicorn people and a laser gun fight with James Van Der Beek where the unicorn people bleed rainbows when hit with the lasers.
- Take That: If you know anything about her history, it's hard to to see some songs like "Stuck Up" as anything but a Take That at Paris. More generally, a good third of her songs are Take That at either various stereotypes or her detractors.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Hot for teacher variety in "Mr. Watson" to the Nth Degree. "Mr. Watson I want to get with you. I won't tell a soul what we're gunna do. Wanna get my hands in your khaki pants, teacher teacher whatcha gunna do, cause I am coming on to you."
- Three Minutes of Writhing: "Blow," "Your Love is My Drug"
- Subverted with "Timber", as the main singer is Pitbull, meaning that the camera has to focus on him, too.
- Title Track: Animal, Cannibal and Warrior.
- The Something Song: "The Harold Song" on her Cannibal EP.
- Title Only Chorus: Your Love Is My Drug
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: "We R Who We R".
- Valley Girl: Her musical persona comes off as this.
- Unkempt Beauty
- Your Cheating Heart: "Kiss N Tell" is one example.
- Wave Motion Gun: Although perhaps not necessarily a real example, when seen with the explosion at the start or the Magic Missile Beam Spam earlier in the official video for Animal, it's hard not to see this towards the end when she lobs a giant pillar of light into the sky.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The American flag t-shirt, as well as a sparkly cape with an American flag design on the inside she wore for a Saturday Night Live performance.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "We R Who We R".
- Yandere: "Stephen"