Monday, November 23, 2009
David: Like Ga Virgin
I've never been one for celebrities.
And I'm not really a "music person" either.
So for a while, quite a while, this Lady Gaga was just another name, just another minor blip on my radar. Sure, I knew she was behind some of the music I was grinding to at the clubs. I would give the twinks at Campus Thursdays my best Poker Face, pretending I was gaga for Gaga just like they were as I tried to Just Dance right into their tight pants.
But I never paid much more attention than that, never gave into the hype. Rolled my eyes at the boys who gushed like crazy over her concert, and certainly didn't bother to download her whole album. Why bother, I thought. She's just another pop star who could be gone in a year.
Then one day, not along ago, my colleague BrooklynBling gave a familiar warning over the wall that separates our desks. "I'm turning on my speakers for a minute," she announced.
"Why?" I asked.
"I'm gonna watch this new Lady Gaga video."
Since I was bored, and was going to hear it playing anyway, I walked around to her desk to watch as well. The most I was expecting was to kill four minutes of my day.
"Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh! Caught in a bad romance..."
Our. Jaws. Dropped.
"I DON'T WANNA BE FRIENDS!"
We stared at the screen in stunned silence, punctuated only by the occasional "What??" "Is she..." "Is that a..." "What the fuuuuuuck...."
The sparks flew from her chest as the video ended, and another moment of silence passed. Then, Brooklyn managed to perfectly convey everything we were feeling with a single thought:
"That bitch. She won me over."
Within 3 days I had every Gaga song downloaded on to my iPod, and was listening to nothing else at the gym. I didn't care what it was - Fame, Fame Monster, The Fame-ly Feud... as long as it was Gaga I had it on repeat.
I saw the youtube video of her at NYU, and was even more thrilled to find out that she does, indeed, have real talent. BrooklynBling says Gaga's voice reminds her just a touch of Cher. I think of her more as a young Madonna, with her crazy, envelope-pushing behavior and her all-press-is-good-press attitude.
Side note: I missed her performance at the AMA's, but of course caught it on video. All the talk the next day however was about Adam Lambert. He was "too shocking, too risque, to gay." I say: good for him. Madonna wouldn't be where or what she is today if she hadn't pushed the envelope: 20 years ago during the Blonde Ambition tour she was writhing on a bed, spreading her legs and simulating sex as two men rubbed her body... both she and they wearing cone breasts. And that was 1990!
I may not be a "music person," but I know this: you're goin nowhere if you play it safe. Adam Lambert knows that, and clearly, so does Lady Gaga.
Madonna - Like A Virgin (Blonde Ambition Tour)