Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The Sagacity Of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, or so says Google Image SearchAs an old person, I long ago gave up on trying to keep up with the kids. I have no idea what they're watching or how their drugs are or who they're listening to these days, and I'm pretty okay with that. Still, it has been kind of stunning to see the swift ascension of Lady Gaga, who is, I guess, their dance music god these days? I mean, it seems like she went from "who is that chick with all the make-up?" to "OMG PICS OF LADY GAGA WITHOUT MAKE-UP" in a space of like two weeks or something. Anyway, I haven't heard anything by her-or if I have, I have not had it identified to me as such-but it turns out she's some kind of reformed Britney Spears acolyte turned innovative genius. Or so says Slate. And, as an old person, I trust those guys.


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OMG, I'm going to beat you to death, old straight man.

esquared (#888)

The New Yorker had a similar article back in April 27. Much of that Slate article comes from The New Yorker. There's no comment section in Slate, so I'd comment here instead.

KarenUhOh (#19)

You think you're old. I had this same thing with Charo.

olmucky (#542)

So, she's the female Kanye West?

Bittersweet (#765)

Yes, without the all-caps thing.

CBentsen23 (#889)

Believe me, you've heard her somewhere …
"my poker face, my po-o-o-o-ker face"

Oh believe me, he hasn't. They don't play that in whatever bolt-hole he drinks in.

I, on the other hand, hear it HOURLY.

zidaane (#373)

It's a stripper favorite if he paid attention.

wiilliiaamm (#225)

I leave it to the summer blockbuster/phenom gods. I believe next year she will be back doing shows at the Cock 'n Balls nightclub — 3am on Pride 2010 for that is where she is welcome.

propertius (#361)

That 3am is called the Embarrassing Hour hereabouts. It is (bars close) + 1. Which means a lot dramas/bad dancing/not-fully-intentional nudity on the streets.

Kataphraktos (#226)

"Hello, I'm from New Jersey, I'm here to help" is what all those pictures say to me, but I'm on my third glass of Lagavulin, so there.

ecgroom (#570)

GAGA RULEZ (there, I said it!)

Lady Gaga? I thought she was a search engine.

WindowSeat (#180)

Is she Klaus Nomi and David Bowie's daughter or something?

Balk, if you heard any dance music at all in 1996 then you've heard exactly the same shit this person is "innovating" right now.

Dickdogfood (#650)

Dance music? From 1996? My god, stop it, you're making me love her more than I bargained for.

I mean, I remember the video screens in Uncle Charlie's. I remember La Bouche.

Oh baby.

Tell me Mr. Vain and Just Dance aren't totally the same song.

Dickdogfood (#650)

Whoa, she digs The Night Porter, that's some seeerious-as-a-Peek-Frean pretentious baloney right there.

oudemia (#177)

Gah. Forget Lady Gaga — Now I have that fuckin Peak Freens song in my head.

oudemia (#177)


Bittersweet (#765)

I heart your little avatar picture, oudemia. Bless.

i really, really, really dislike lady gaga, as much for her songs' hooklessness as for the way that all her blathering about "art" sounds like it was the direct result of her watching "i shot andy warhol" while drunk on boone's farm late one night.

and i like pop music! i'm not some sort of schmindie sweater-wearer!

Bittersweet (#765)

Aw, c'mon Maura. The wardrobe! The self-awareness! The tea cup!

atipofthehat (#797)

"Hooklessness" is the best word I've heard all day, week…maybe even fortnight! Thank you.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Maura (may I call you Maura?), that is perfect. Thank you.

Here, this should clear out those nasty thoughts out o yo hade


David Cho (#3)

It works as catchy, dance-y, backdrop-to-MTV-shows, type music though doesn't it?

I think she's kind of taking, in a lot of ways, the route of a white Santi(o)gold.

fek (#93)

Nope, sorry: that's Amanda Blank. Maura?

hmm, i don't think it's either of those people! that honor might very well go to little boots.

Hez (#147)

What alarms me most is that I now have a lawn (albeit a rental, but I weed whacked it last night) and more and more kids are getting on it! Is there an appropriate response? Some kind of epithet or curse out I can use to clear them to the sidewalk area?

Bittersweet (#765)

Forget epithets or curses, the hose works for me. The hose or Mozart music.

Rod T (#33)

AS A GAY, I have a treasure trove of information from back before LaGag was "known" and was just a "known-to-downtown-gays". HOWEVER, it is a trove I wish I could bury on some island in the Caribbean. Or Neptune.

whowhahuh (#57)

Or you could have people from far and wide come over to your place and read it to them.

missdelite (#625)

She's a talentless zit on pop music's bloated ass.

You nailed it! (And I wish you'd POPPED "it".)

Abe Sauer (#148)

The best part about that whole thing is that it doesn't once mention Madonna, which, I believe, is a first for any article or commentary anywhere about a gay-friendly image-conscious "pop starlet" since 1991.

Which means next month Madonna will have a #1 hit.

fek (#93)

Yes, but what's the feminist implication of a song like "Poker Face?" Is it sex-positive or consequentially gender-negative? XX THE SLATE LADYBLOG WHERE ARE YOU ON THIS?!

Also, she is an absolute genius:


KarenUhOh (#19)

I want to conflate "sagacity" and "Gaga" into some sort of sex act that offends Sarah Palin.

Sagacitygaga is when A Rod bangs you like a milf politician and you get knogagad up.

kurtck (#887)

I appreciated the first few times she name-checked Grace Jones but it's getting a little tiresome at this point. I wonder how Grace feels about it.

We need to keep discussing this:



BlinkyMcChuck (#202)

I would basically live for a dance battle between the two of them…

kurtck (#887)

The Haus of Gaga needs a Jean-Paul Goude to help with the visuals.

Bittersweet (#765)

I feel like Grace could break LG over her knee as part of a performance piece, and then go scare James Bond into sleeping with her.

Did Slate ask her why, in spite of the fact that all her songs have the same backbeat and general pattern, she thinks she is unique and innovative? I mean, I like rocking out to "Just Dance" or "Poker Face" or "The New One that sounds like the other two had a child and the child is this new song" while bombed on white wine spritzers as much as the next gal/gay, but Her Songs:Musical Innovation::Applebee's:Culinary Trailblazing.
The teacup and the bubble outfits, on the other hand, do set her apart in her own special way. Shame she's trying to be an edgy mainstream pop star instead of an edgy wacky designer/club fixture.

sakade (#52)

Except that everything she wears is a Roisin Murphy rip-off, so she's not even being innovative in that field either!

I mean, if I had no idea who Roisin Murphy was, I could easily be fooled into thinking this: http://www.virginmedia.com/images/roisin_murphy-gal-o2wireless.jpg is Lady Gaga. Except it's Roisin, last year.

She is very reported on by the British and Irish press. I have seen pictures where she looks just like TODD RUNDGREN!

BoHan (#29)

Egads. I just went to Itunes and listened to the "Poker Face" snippet and JFC she is that thing that BBC Radio 1 plays once every ten minutes on its XM-Sirius Channel that makes me flip back to the Alt Nation feed. I thought she was some really horrible Eurovision chanteuse from Latvia or something. This is depressing.

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