Jill Sobule expresses her feelings for Katy Perry


You know how sometimes a thing happens that infuriates you more than you can say, but you have to be all polite and reserved about it? Like your boss takes credit for a great idea and someone says, “Wasn’t that your idea?” and you say, “It was a team effort” or some such bull-corn. Then one day, after you’ve left that job or your boss has retired or you just can’t take it anymore, all of the rage at injustice bursts out in a long string of expletives that silence the room but make you feel like you’ve just won the lottery.

Or so I’ve heard.

That happened to Jill Sobule last week.

In an interview with The Rumpus, Sobule answered the usual questions. She talked about the unique way she financed her last album, California Years, which was released in April (and is delightful).

She promoted her T-shirts, including the super-cool new one with a jetpack on the back.

Sobule revealed that she probably could’ve shredded an axe with the best of ‘em if she’d had some female rocker role models. And how she switched to the acoustic guitar because it was more “cute and feminine.”

And so on.

But right in the middle of the interview, Sobule addressed the subject that she has been asked about most often over the past year or so: Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.”

Depending on your age, you may remember that Sobule wrote a little ditty in 1995 called “I Kissed a Girl.” Like Perry’s, it was about kissing a girl and liking it. Unlike Perry’s it was sweet and intimate and happened because two BFFs were feeling close to each other. When Perry’s song became a hit, Sobule pretty much always wished her the best, even though Perry claimed that the title came to her in a dream. A dream she had while listening to Jill Sobule, no doubt.

This time, however, Sobule decided to say more.

As a musician I have always refrained from criticizing another artist. I was, ‘well, good for her.’ It did bug me a little bit, however, when she said she came up with the idea for the title in a dream. In truth, she wrote it with a team of professional writers and was signed by the very same guy that signed me in 1995. I have not mentioned that in interviews as I don’t want to sound bitter or petty … cause, that’s not me.

OK, maybe, if I really think about it, there were a few jealous and pissed off moments. So here goes, for the first time in an interview: F–k you Katy Perry, you f—ing stupid, maybe ‘not good for the gays,’ title thieving, haven’t heard much else, so not quite sure if you’re talented, f—ing little s–t.

God that felt good.

It was good for me, too.

I can’t tell you how much I love Jill Sobule at this moment. All that is left is for me to let you tell me how you feel about what she said. And I know you will.

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