The lyrical diss: it’s nothing new in pop music. There are modern day examples (Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had”) as well as ol-skool (Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”) and of course, it’s ever present in the world of hip-hop (Nas’s erm, extreme “Ether" kiss-off to Jay-Z). MTV Canada spoke to alt-rockers Foster The People during their appearance at Lollapalooza this past August, and they had the following to say about throwing somebody under the bus through songwriting:
"[Our] friend and Katy Perry used to date. She wrote a song about him that’s pretty harsh (‘Ur So Gay’) after they broke up. [We] did that before, when [we] were young, fresh, wet-behind-the-ears songwriters, and it’s just not a nice thing to do to somebody.”
Who knew that the dude Katy Perry was dissing in her uber-harsh single was a friend of Foster The People? On that note, it’s kind of refreshing that FTP have taken this approach to songwriting, because airing your dirty laundry in your lyrics might come back to haunt you. Way to take the high road, gentlemen!