For the past few weeks, every time I go anywhere that sells music I see Lana Del Rey. She stares at me, seductively, from the cover of her album PARADISE. The only thing I knew about Lana Del Rey was that she was super-polarizing and that her appearance on SNL a while back was much maligned. I saw that performance and didn’t think it was as bad as everyone said, but then again I’ve always been a sucker for a pretty face.
Anyway, last night I was stumbling through my local record store and for some reason I decided to pick up PARADISE. I turned it over and was amused that one of the tracks was titled “Cola.” I told my friend who was with me at the time that I was going to listen to this song when I got home.
And so, a few hours later, just before I went to bed I entered the world of Lana Del Rey. I fired up Spotify and gave “Cola” and most of PARADISE a listen. I picked “Cola” because that word seemed so odd on the back of a CD, especially on the back of one with such an enigmatic person on the front.
I didn’t know what to expect when I hit play but I certainly wasn’t expecting “My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola, my eyes are wide like cherry pies, I gots [sic] a taste for men who are older.” I guess my first thought was Gee, this song should be titled “Pepsi Cola” and then I realized that there was no way in hell Pepsi would let her get away with that. The song is dark, brooding, and kinda sexy…but they lyrics are atrociously stupid. The kind of vapid non-sense girls AND boys in creative writing classes the globe over churn endlessly churn out.
On just about every level, I can’t imagine who this song is supposed to appeal to. Is “Cola” a four-minute joke? Is Lana Del Rey making fun of us for making fun of her by releasing a song this absurd? I don’t know and I’m not sure I really care. As I get older I find my patience for this sort of thing gets shorter and shorter. I really wanted to give Lana Del Rey a fair shake, but “Cola” made it virtually impossible for me to do that, it’s just too ridiculous.