I like me some decent pop music. I don’t mind when a pop star breaks through and makes a single that hits it on the chart and gets played a gazillion times and sells a bunch and kids like it and what not. But this month in Blender magazine, they interviewed pop artist Lady GaGa and can I tell you…this chick is as pretentious as they come!
Let’s set the record straight here…if you are Bob Dylan, you can talk about the importance of your music. If you are Bruce Springsteen, you can discuss the political ramifications of your lyrics. If you are Bono, you can talk about the effects that your music has on the world. Hell…if you are Madonna you can talk about how your music has influenced female roles in music today.
But if you are Lady GaGa…you cannot talk about…well…mostly about how great your music is. YOU are a pop star who has had a couple of singles on the pop charts. YOU have sold maybe a bunch of ITunes downloads, but your album is filled with pop/electronic music that people will forget when the next “you” comes around the corner. You cannot say things like this…(quotes from Blender)
“This evening I’ll probably stay in and listen to this new song I recorded today. I like to roll around in bed with my songs and figure out what feels good.”
“I was very excited because my room is this gorgeous penthouse with a white baby-grand piano in the living room. When I saw it, I started to cry. I played for a couple of hours, then gave my assistant a heart attack because I wouldn’t take a shower. I was like, ‘I’m not showering. I’m being brilliant and writing.”
“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.”
First off…what the hell is she talking about? Secondly…your music is NOT mind-blowing OR anything like having sex. It’s POP MUSIC with no significance other than to fill time between commercials on the radio. Is it catchy? Maybe. But like I said…you are one of many who can do what you do. Let’s not let it go to our head….mmmmkay?
ADDITIONAL NOTE: September 19th
So, for whatever reason (most likely a Google search) you are reading this blog. It was written in March. Since then, Lady GaGa has now up to 3 popular songs that have charted on the Billboard 100. Quite a few people have an opinion on this artist and I think that is great. However, I stand by my comments. I say, if she can make it 5 years, I will totally retract what I said about her longevity. However I will not correct what I have said about the particular statements that she made about herself and her music in this Blender interview. It’s pop music. Doesn’t matter HOW theatrical or how talented she is. It is still only pop music. Enjoy it for what it is! And she should learn to “Just Dance”…not talk.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: November 19th
I’m STILL getting a lot of folks Googling this artist and finding this picture high in the search. So they come here and post stupid comments like this one…
“i stopped reading this nonsense about half way down the line of comments. the dude who wrote this claims that he doesn’t have time for Lady GaGa anymore and he has a busy life, but yet he still takes it upon himself to respond to the mostly meaningless comments attached to this article. Since this guys post, Lady GaGa has soared to superstardom, and his little pointless article (that only says how much of a life he has outside of his opinion of Lady GaGa) means nothing to anyone. This guy just needs a life. I also saw where he mentioned Dave Matthews and Kings of Leon?!? they suck, majorly! sorry, but no one with a brain likes them. And Lady GaGa’s music is out there, but that’s what’s awesome about it, because no one in the pop genre has ever done what she’s doing! She is changing the face of pop music to a beautiful new thing. She also writes her own music, 99% of all of it. Name me five pop artists, who were actually good, who did that? You can’t. Celine Dion is amazing, but she barely wrote any of her music. It’d be nice if this moron just picked up his shit and left, cause bro, you suck mega ballz! big time! go rape an orangutan!!”
So these are the kinds of fans that this artist has…people who think she is amazing because she writes her own lyrics? I got news for you…I CAN name more than 5 artists who do write their own music. And it’s not hard to figure out. Look…I don’t care how much you think I suck and that you think I’m an idiot. I could care less. Seriously…I DO have a life and I enjoy the witty back & forth I have had with a few, well-informed commenters. But do you honestly believe that Lady Gaga is the next great thing because she has the ability to write crap like this…?
Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Want your bad romance
I want your ugly
I want your disease
I want your everything
As long as it’s free
I want your love
I want your loveYou know that I want you
And you know that I need you
I want it bad
B-B-Bad and bad
I want your drama
With the touch of your hand
I want you leathe-studded kiss in the sand
And I want your love
I want your love
I want your love
The lyrics from her latest “hit” are not what I would call all that difficult to come up with. And the music? Well…for all the arguing about her talent on a piano, this song (from what I hear) doesn’t have any piano in it. It’s a generic electronica beat with a lot of bleeps and noise. It’s terrible. You might not like any of the artists that I have decided to pit against Lady Gaga (Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, DMB), however I think maybe you should check your taste in music if you honestly believe this artist is anything special. She’s not. She’s a pop artist and not a very good one at that. You can enjoy whatever kind of music you want. It’s America. It’s a free country (for now), however you come on my site and make slanderous comments you’re gonna get both barrels. From now on, anyone who wants to present their opinion may do so, but I’ve just about had it with idiots who come on here and decide to write that I suck balls and I should go rape a harmless monkey. So here’s to all of the Lady Gaga fans out there who feel this incessant need to defend her….You don’t NEED to. She is gonna keep on doing what she is doing and it doesn’t matter what I think. My opinion is MY opinion. Your opinion is YOUR opinion. I’m cool with it. You can go download all of her music 8 times over for all I care. But you fucking come on here and write this crap and it’s just gonna get deleted. So…from here on out, I’m censoring all the BS. Gimme an argument and I’ll be more than happy to discuss. But the other stuff? It’s over.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: November 23rd
Oh look…Lady GagGag DIDN’T win “Artist of the Year” on the AMA’s last night? What happened??? I thought for SURE she would win the way most of the fans talk about her. Oh wait…you mean she got beat by an artist who has CLASS and actually WRITES and SINGS her OWN music??? Wow…who woulda thunk it. Oh…and what do I think of that artist who apparently snuck up and STOLE Lady GagGag’s thunder? Well go read about here and weep, fans of the Lady GagGag. And Taylor Swift IS better and always will be…
ADDITIONAL NOTE: December 2nd
Because I can…
I’m so evil…LOL
ADDITIONAL NOTE: January 5th
Maybe writing lyrics ain’t so hard? Here is a rendition of “Paparazzi” by my good friend Bad Ass Geek. If he can do it…then ANYONE can! LOL
ADDITIONAL NOTE: February 8th, 2010
ADDITIONAL NOTE: March 1, 2010
I don’t believe that I even have to say anything. This pretty much speaks for itself.
(For the record, I was TRYING to come up with something to say…but C’MON! It’s a f%$king LOBSTER for crying out loud…)
ADDITIONAL NOTE: March 25, 2010
A random commentor decided to try her hand at lyric writing. I certainly can appreciate the effort and I have to admit…it’s ALMOST as good as the Lady Gagag. But not quite. But ALMOST. Check it out…and hum along if you so desire…
I wanna be the next Lady Gaga! I’m untalented enough and I have watched enough mtv to be the next Lady Gaga! Call me Lady Caca! Here is what will be my 1st single, I created this masterpiece orgasmically while rolling in my big brass bed and typing on my computer, so here it goes:
Ca ca cacacaH
Ca ca cacacaH
I put the CAH
Cuz I’m Lady Cacacacaca
I put the Ah
in Count DraculAH
cuz Im Lady Cacacah
as the frech say
oh la la la la Lah
i put the L in lol
i put the A in A-ok
i put the D in Dell
i put the Y in Yay
as the french say
oh la la lala Lah
(end of song)
I think it has #1 HIT written ALL over it! Nicely done, Lady Caca
ADDITIONAL NOTE: April 6, 2010
Too bad she didn’t wear THIS last night on Idol. That would have been AWESOME! (or not)
So last night Lady Gagag appeared on the FOX karaoke show, American Idol. She was casually dressed in some kind of fishnet stocking with her underwear all out there to be seen. Surrounding her were scantily dressed men who pranced and preened around with each other. She sang her latest “hit” called “Alejandro” which, if I’m not mistaken, has Duran Duran’s “The Chauffer” sampled quietly in the background in there somewhere. Anyway…she looked ridiculous, her composition of the song was bad and her performance was laughable. I don’t care how talented everyone thinks she is…she’s a hack. And for her to have to go on American Idol to show her “artistry” goes to show you how desperate she is for publicity and fame. She ain’t in it for the music folks…she just wants your votes. I’m thinking Simon would have ripped her a new one for being unoriginal and over-the-top vaudevillian. Just sayin’…
EDITOR’S FINAL NOTE: JUNE 6, 2010
In response to a comment posted on this date by “Frost”…
It is pointless. You argue with someone who only set this article up to argue. Not everyone can like every artist, which is why there are so many different genres of music and singers. But there are probably thousands of other artist that don’t deserve any kind of support or acknowledgement of there existence. What i can’t seem to fathom is that you said several times how you don’t care for lady gaga and you don’t have time for her, but you had the time to put an entire article up JUST to say how much you hate her. Everybody hates many artist, but you know what normal, sane people do? We definatly don’t spend our time complaining like a 3 year old who wants its candy. You also stated at an earlier point “Doesn’t matter HOW theatrical or how talented she is. It is still only pop music.” Only pop music that has reached top hits in many countries. And this “Only Pop Music” was written by someone who had spent many years in colleges (New York University).
And one more thing before i wast anymore time trying to convince an arrogant human being that this article is way out of line, you say that “But do you honestly believe that Lady Gaga is the next great thing because she has the ability to write crap like this…? :Bad Romance lyrics” By the time lady Gaga was 20, she was already writing songs for artists such as the Pussycat Dolls, Fergie and Britney Spears. If you liked any of the songs from these artist you probably liked Lady GaGa’s work. Now, before you spend the next hour researching and coming up with insults and counter arguments, maybe you shouldn’t take Lady GaGa so seriously? You know you did exactly what Lady GaGa wanted by posting this article? She wears those outrageous outfits and says the craziest thing to manipulate the media and people. You realize that what she has done is made herself famous from controversial actions. Not saying she is the first to ever do this, but she is the first to be this popular from it. Either you like Lady GaGa or you don’t, no need to do what you did.
Frost…so you know…I am taking your comments to heart. The thing no one here seems to understand is that I DO know Gaga’s history, I DO understand the significance of her work in today’s music industry and I am NOT the hater that everyone seems to think I am. What has happened is that the picture I posted on the initial blog (which I have left up because I think it’s interesting to see so many points of view on this artist) is high in the Google search engine. So you (and hundreds of others) have come here blind with anger in your mind and hatred in your hearts. I don’t know Stefani Germanotta at all. I only know what I have read of her in magazines and I know the songs that I have heard by her on the radio. I completely stand by my initial post because AT THE TIME, I thought her comments were utterly ridiculous and I still do. As for doing what I did, this particular blog series (“What The Heck…”) is a series of things that I think are completely outrageous and stupid. So I wrote about Gaga’s comments. If you think this makes me a bad person, because I write about something that you don’t particularly agree with, then so be it. Fact of the matter is…I know who I am and I know what my life is like. So everyone who comes on here to criticize me or rake me over the coals because I don’t like Gaga’s music is more than welcome to do so. At this point, I am pretty much done with this silliness. As it has been stated a million times over in the comments, apparently you and everyone else thinks I have spent too much time defending my statements in regards to this artist and at this point, I agree. I am over it. Not that I’m not standing by my statements…I truly believe Gaga is a hack. She’s a one trick pony and her talents that she worked so hard to sharpen are wasted in electronic beats and whistles and I am assuming she will eventually drift away like so many hundreds of other transparent artists who have walked in the footsteps of Madonna or Freddie Mercury or Elton John. Time will tell and we shall see and then you are more than welcome, in the year 2014, to come back here and tell me you all were right and she IS the best thing since Michael Jackson. And then that will be that. You will have proven your point. And then maybe we can all just go about liking who we like, enjoying the music we enjoy and not worrying so much about who is the better music lover…me or you. Quite honestly, it’s not worth this much effort.
So to all who have been following this post and all the craziness that is involved with it, thanks for your input, good OR bad, but I got better things to do with my time…like spend it with my 2 lovely children and my beautiful wife or playing with my dog or a million other things. At this point, I think it’s all been said before. So I appreciate your participation and I have enjoyed some of the intelligent feedback that I have gotten and if I have insulted you at any point, odds are you deserved it. However enough is enough and I got a life to live. Peace to all…and here’s looking ahead to 2014 when you can ALL come back here and tell me I told ya so…
Editor’s Been Known To Change His Mind…So Here’s An Additional Link:
June 24, 2010
EDITOR’S NOTE: SOME DATE AFTER THE VMA’S