Feb 24, 2011


I never thought I'd say this. 

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I've had enough of Lady Gaga.  (For now, at least.)

Sure, I found her meat outfit to be interesting.  I absolutely loved her concert back in '09.  One of my favorite songs ever is "So Happy I Could Die."  And I dressed up like the hoe for Halloween!  But frankly, as of right now, I'm. Over. This.  Shiz.

I don't know if it's her latest single that's rubbing me the wrong way or what, but I can't get into the whole new era of Gaga.  The reason I really, truly loved Gaga because she was original.  She is my age and living the dream; someone who writes her own songs and sings them well.  I thought her debut album, The Fame, was awesome.  Not just because of the catchy pop tunes, but because I liked that she kept up a theme to her music -- "The joys and pains of fame."  It was all well-thought.  Then she added on The Fame Monster, which I thought was as great supplement to the original album.  "Bad Romance" is pop music.  That song will never be skipped on my iPod.

Then came "Born This Way."  When I first read the lyrics, I was like, "YES!  I'm going to love this song!"  But then actually heard it and discovered it was not the original-"original" Lady Gaga I knew and loved.  I thought, maybe, she had evolved and was going to present us with another "Bad Romance" type of single, and instead it was a clear rip-off of Madonna's "Express Yourself" with a bit of "Vogue" mixed in.  The song production doesn't even bother me that much -- I love Madonna!  But seriously, "Don't be a drag, just be a Queen?"  So cheesy and TERRIBLE!  This line is no "I want to hold 'em like they do in Texas please" or "Bluffin' with my muffin" or "Ga Ga Ooh La La" or even "Got my ass squeezed by sexy cupid."  Those were all lines in songs that we will remember because we love to sing them and they were inventive.   

I'm going to get a lot of flack for this, but I'm just going to say it: Gags didn't write "Born This Way" in an effort to "touch" the GLBT community (which, furthermore, yes, this song is for GLBTs, regardless that she sings about race in the song as well).  She wrote it to capitalize. To see the green.  She knew with her #1 fan, Perez Hilton, pushing her as the Matriarch of the Homosexuals, that she would make a killing off this single. "Doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M."  This is a song for the GBLT community and it dosen't matter if she talks about orients and cholas or being Lebanese or being bullied, teased, what-have-you, it's for solely for them.  I mean, the woman has a billboard here West Hollywood for her album.  And trust me, I'm all about the gays.  It's just sad that this song doesn't have a more universal meaning (and frankly was discredited due to the fact that it's the poor man's "Express Yourself").  I actually like the lyrics about God making no mistakes and the message that God's love doesn't discriminate.

However, as if things couldn't get any more disappointing, she showed up in that womb, which was not only disgraceful but... like, big whoop.  You're in a womb.  I liked you for your crazy outfits, not what you show up in!  You could have arrived inside a corpse and I wouldn't have cared, because I am more concerned about what you are wearing!  And the only time we do see what she is wearing is when she performs that hideous song and looks like she's wearing a used condom.  Dis-gusting.  I personally feel like she should have arrived with her abnormal shoulder blades and cheekbones and just made a statement with that.

When she accepted her GRAMMY, I can't even remember what she was wearing.  What I do remember is thinking how pathetic it was that she had to make the Whitney Houston comment.  A)  If she actually listened to Whitney Houston in her glory days, she'd know that she wouldn't be singing a Madonna-esque song.  B) Gaga admits to being on drugs and drinking while writing, so perhaps this is where she go this idea.  C) It was clearly a ploy to get everyone to stop making the Madonna comparison.  Nice try...

Anyway, it's truly sad to see where's she's going and what she's doing now to get attention.  I feel like maybe she was starved from it in her youth.  Now she appears to be a self-righteous artist, lacking in sustainability and grace.  I hope her next few singles hit the mark.  


Parr said...

Although I am not a huge fan of the latest single. I'm not sure I could make an entire assessment about the new direction of Gaga. I am still very much looking forward to what the rest of the album has to offer.

I think artists have to change in order to stay relevant. The term "relevant" however, is synonymous with "fame." Does she wish to simply remain famous and make money doing so? Is she exploring other forums of self-expression via her music, costumes, and antics? Or does she remain Gaga as we know her, just to spite the term "fame." She's said a great deal, but it'll be interesting to see what else she has to say...and I don't think "Born This Way" is the final word on this album...although that is the album title.

KJ said...

I agree with you -- like I said, I hope the rest of the album serves her "old self" justice and proves me wrong. However, I do not like the current single, it's a disappointment for a fan such as myself (someone who adored her). I am also disappointed with her in the aspect that before she was confident yet humble, and now she gets on Vogue and decides to tell the world she thinks she's God's gift to music.

I am looking forward to the rest of the album, but I have my doubts about this album living up to my expectations. Of course, I'll be sure to write a blog whether I was right or wrong. :) To me though, you can't go from "Bad Romance" to a song like "Born this Way," no matter how much the lyrics may mean to you.

Thank you for your response and evoking a discussion!

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