Sunday, May 15, 2011
I am *SO* over Lady GaGa
A couple years back I thought Stephanie Germanotta, better known as Lady GaGa, was a quirky but fairly talented dance music artist. But then I started to get bored with the music and the HEY LOOK AT ME antics. I thought the speech in favor of gay marriage in Maine was nice, but you ruined that with a speech in favor of illegal immigration in Arizona.
After a while, you couldn't escape her. Commercial radio flogged you with her music non-stop. I ignored the inane lyrics and tried to concentrate on the beats, but to no avail. And now with this new album of hers, I'm really just saturated and completely over her.
The first single, "Born This Way" is a blatant ripoff of Madonna's "Express Yourself", and further rips off a portion of her song "Vogue" as well. The followup single, "Judas" (released just in time for Easter...how quaint) is damn near unlistenable.
I can see pushing some boundries, but to be a spectacle for the sole sake of being a spectacle & calling it art as a blanket cover statement is lame.
Over on Facebook, the video game company Zynga is bringing a whole GaGa theme to their Farmville game along with a special offer to buy the new album. Further saturation.
I think the final straw for me was her grotesque appearance the other night on that other grotesque spectacle, American Idol, a show that I thought was on the road to redemption with a looser feel and likeable judges but instead pissed away talented kids before it was time for them to go home while keeping a screecher and a one-trick country pony. With James Durbin, the most talented of the lot since Day One of the auditions, gone I will just hope that Lauren Alaina comes out on top. But back to GaGa...
She couldn't show up to mentor these young people looking like a normal human being. No way. Instead she's moved the shoulder-spike dermal implants she denied having up to her face and wore some sort of idiot clown makeup coupled with a black & platinum hairstyle (a wig? Who the hell knows?) and an outfit with her ass hanging out. She spent most of the sessions with her legs splayed open or rubbing up on the kids and exhorting them to more or less sex it up a little.
I guess the kicker is the fact that she did a national TV show wearing $4500 platforms that had, seriously, glass phalluses for heels. Really. I shit you not. The heel of each show was a glass penis. Millions of kids at home watching, and this paragon of virtue wasted 4500 bucks to show up with dicks on her feet and her ass hanging out. Ya'll know that I'm definitely not a prude, but c'mon....
Dick heels, meat dresses, clown makeup that makes Marylin Manson look like a school teacher, dermal implant spikes, and worn out dance grooves. Sorry, GaGa.....the schtick is no longer funny or even worth listening to.