Friday, November 13, 2009
There's nothing I enjoy more than defying expectations, particularly when it comes to the music I like.
This is one of those choices that people will either love or hate, mostly because the singer herself is someone it's tough to be ambivalent about. To be honest, I go back and forth over whether I really like or completely fucking abhor Lady GaGa. On the one hand, she's pop music's answer to Marilyn Manson -- a really savvy artist who blends bits and pieces of just about every form of modern pop and arthouse culture and shoves the whole thing right down the throat of the audience; she's the new musical Andy Warhol and the perfect face and voice of a unique point in history -- a sort of ground zero era where the sounds and visuals from the past are easily accessible as never before, thanks to the internet, and therefore can combine with the present to create the feeling of a perpetual "now."
On the other hand, she's friends with that idiot Perez Hilton -- although that in itself could be an example of the sly joke she's playing on the world: both reveling in and mercilessly mocking our obsession with the shallow, vain and vacuous.
Regardless of what you think of Lady GaGa, though, her new song is damn catchy -- and the video, helmed by I Am Legend and Constantine director Francis Lawrence, is astonishingly cool.
Here's Bad Romance.