"Look: Gaga cries and makes big, dramatic statements. A lot. She’s a theater kid playing to an audience of theater kids; just accept it and it’ll make this whole experience much more palatable, okay?"
- Genevieve Koski, reviewing the Monster Ball Tour for the Onion AV Club
I was shocked the other day when I wrote a blog post on Lady Gaga and long time reader Gumby confessed in the comments that he had never heard a Lady Gaga song, not one! I simply cannot let this stand, it would be a travesty for me not to address this issue! So here then, just for Gumby is a quick intro to Lady Gaga.
Imagine someone who is equal parts Madonna and Marilyn Manson, sister to Tori Amos and spiritual progeny of Freddy Mercury. Both terrifying and arousing (I won't lie, I'm totally Gaga-curious), brilliant, controversial, sacrilegious, innovative, self important, dramatic, sweet, vulgar, scary, vulnerable, honest, talented, full of shit and a born entertainer. That's Lady Gaga. Well that's Lady Gaga as I see her. I never wanted to be a fan, I've really tried not to like her but she may very well be my perfect woman. I have no idea why. It's probably best if I let her music do the talking.
First off, here is some pure, uncut Gaga. This is her singing "Born this Way" acapella backstage on her Monsters Ball tour. No effects, no props, just her and her backup singers and she knocks it out of the fucking park:
This is her live on Ellen preforming "Bad Romance". I like this clip because it shows several of the things she's great at - acoustic voice & piano performances, dancing in high heels, performing live (without lipsyncing!) and being a proud and total freak. When you are done with this, do yourself a favour and check out the official "Bad Romance" video, it totally kicks ass!
OK now you should be ready for the full monty. Here are two of my favourite Gaga videos, Judas and Alejandro. Both showcase the visual spectacle she does so well. Also the fact that the Catholic Church threw a collective shit fit over both of these didn't hurt me loving it!
So Gumby, what do you think? You don't have to like her, I don't expect anyone to feel the way I do about her music. The only thing I find unacceptable is not having heard any of her music at all!