Lady Gaga: Never Cheap and nary a Material Mange
Thanks to the New York Times for highlighting my comment #91 aka this blog post here
Lady Gaga continues to delight and amaze me. I watched Poker Face and Just Dance non-stop on Channel 4 music/UK Top 40 when I was pregnant and feeding the wood pigeon couple who live in our garden and who should be showing up in a few hours. It was impossible not to because they were running her videos literally four times an hour at one point. But only recently have I actually come to call myself a fan though not quite a monstre peu. I laugh when those of my friends over 30 refuse to listen to any new music. Do they purposely want to be crotchety? If you live in the UK it's impossible not to and best of all the scene here is really spectacular and even when the tunes are "cacktaclular" it is still great fun.
Which brings me to back to Stefani, everyone from lesbian bed death incarnate herself, Camille Paglia to a droopy shouldered, inarticulate and tone deaf Katy Perry to a haggard Kate Moss to a redundant Christina Aguilera to mossy Jerry Seinfeld to Katy Perry's parents er uh I mean Fred Phelps and the neo-Nazi style hatred of the Westboro baptist is bashing her and yet she keeps moving forward effortlessly with her honest and pro-tolerance music and messages.
Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga IS political and she does, unlike 90% of all of her peers on the screen and on the radio, have something to say beyond "look at my exposed body and how trashy, slutty, drunk and stupid I can be."
The icing on the cake is that she is the opposite of what a big fat dumb ass Men's magazine thinks a "hot chick" should look like and and she's ahead of all the one's who tow the line by about 10 million sold.
Unlike madonna, Britney, Katy Perry, Pussycat Dolls, Paris Hilton, Miley etc, etc Lady Gaga does not need to please and placate straight men and the baseball cap backwards little ass-hole Frat boy contingency to be ok with herself. The incessantly drawn Madonna comparisons make no sense apart from any obvious tributes paid on Gaga's part as a fan. After all, madonna was 100% conventionally attractive in a generic tiny featured way and marketable to straight men while in her 20's. Lady Gaga is the polar opposite. Gaga is a multi-instrumentalist- while madonna can't play any musical instruments- another key difference. A 9 headed alien named "Edwardette" could land from Venus and have a hit single and the press would make "the next madonna" comparisons. Time for the media to give it up now.
Profoundly and embarrassingly so, Lady Gaga's career is clearly light years ahead of Madonna in artistry and sheer raw vocal, playing and writing ability. Can't see Lady Gaga attacking Sinéad O'Connor the way madonna did after the Nazi Pope picture tear up on SNL. Gaga would join forces with Sinéad O'Connor and support her, not see it as PR siphon from her hardcore porn book scheme and attack her like a presto chango right winger.
Gaga's Fag hag honesty is actually heartbreaking because that's where the sole deep love for her as woman is coming from currently and she's not ashamed to admit it, be alone and ugly and unattached to someone. Who the hell has the guts do that? In my opinion, this is the keystone of a true artist's soul or at least the potential for one; not being afraid to be seen by some as raw, abandoned and alone. She also works her ass off.
Now if she can just cast off the blithering spectre of that Right Wing Cuban Perez Hilton, the only real millstone around her neck and be free of the Hollywood equivalent of Phelps style hate-monger, then she'll be unstoppable.
Kill your idols Gaga.