Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lady Gaga is.....


Gavin, A follower of HOV asked what my opinion of this video is. Its this... I have no opinion...Why?, because Lady Gaga gives you nothing. Yes she has LOOKS which I am VERY HAPPY that someone is doing, Im always for creativity and something "new", BUT as a person WHO THE FUCK IS SHE? She gives us NOTHING, no expression, no emotion, no opinion, nothing, shes a SHORT mannequin. I think if someone were to tell me "I LOVE Lady Gaga" I would be very suspect of that persons judgement simply because I dont understand what there is to love, she personally gives nothing. There is ZERO personality there but 110% STYLING, I could understand someone saying "I love Lady Gagas STYLE" but not that they love Lady Gaga HERSELF. I think in the video shes trying to give a TOUCH of SOMETHING with the semi dreamy no sunglasses frosty close ups but even that is flat. Shes not even ICY, I almost wrote that the dreamy close ups were ICY but that would insinuate some form of EMOTION which she doesnt even give.
I dunno, Im glad shes around but I think its weird she thanks the gays, she should thank them for their styling but its not like I know anyone in the biz who is INTO her, I think all of us are pretty much "EH I'll take her but Im not doing backflips over her" and I really feel the reason is the fact she gives nothing not to mention the songs also give nothing, sure they have a beat and can be remixed well but does anyone FEEL ANYTHING from them. I dont think so, because again there is NO EMOTION or feeling or "human" or even ALIEN ( like at least when Grace painted herself purple I could say "OH I feel like HER... Him... THAT!") in any of it, Id like to like her, Id like to relate to something but there just isnt anything there to attach to. I can appreciate the looks but I can go see the windows at Patricia Fields and see the same thing two months ahead of her so its not like shes some mystic serving looks to me that Ive never expected. i mean the best look she had on here is the Mcqueen outfit and I posted that show (on facebook) what.. a month ago?! If I was 15 and a baby gay I think Id be ape shit bananas for her because at that age a look is all you need...but im not so close to 15...... I think shes a sign of the times actually, shes EXACTLY whats going on right now in the world. Shes FACEBOOK, everyone can see her and everyone "friends" her and then NEVER EVEN SENDS A COMMENT or has ANY INTERACTION WITH HER WHAT SO EVER. Its no wonder shes known now, her celebrity concept is SO "NOW". I mean how many people have asked to be your friend on facebook , you have never met them, never will meet them, and then when you do allow them to be your "friend" they never even contact you. Lady Gaga gives as much as one of those people, theyre present and on your screen and in your "world" but do you get anything from them... NOT AT ALL. If you were to compare her to any other gay pop star the difference would be all the other ones have a personality, or at least a particular angle. Lady Gagas schtick is "NEATO ACCESSORIES" .... but so is all other fags I know... so hurray for her, but Id rather just see the same accessories on kylie,and Im not even a Kylie fan, but at least shed do it with a smile.
P.s As critical as I am of L.G I will say just for the styling and acknowledge of the gays alone shes a lot better the that latin chick with the horrible voice who sings the wolf song and Rhianna, who is pretty but got nothin' interesting going on, shes even more of a mannequin then Gaga, but at least Gaga has "flaws" that make her interesting to study. Rhianna to me just looks like a mannequin at Strawberry.
pps: I also think having the "monster dancers" clearly based off "where the wild things are" is WICKED TIRED. Basing something off a book that is a now a FEATURE FILM with commercials every half hour in every home in america is the OPPOSITE of creative. Its like when you hear a shitty designer say they were inspired by a MOVIE as though a movie is an era or a nation or some kind of movement into its own and not something that was just completely manufactured by a designer or team of designers that are clearly more talented then the fashion designer whos doing the talking. I remember John Bartlett whos menswear designs I used to really like said he based his collection off some MOVIE and I just thought that was the worst thing you could possibly say. I mean he should have just said "I based my designs off some queen costumer from the 70s who had all the original ideas and did all the work and I just merchandised them" if he said that Id respect him and give him credit but saying you base your designs off a movie or as in the case of this video basing your designs off of something that IS IN EVERYONES FACE RIGHT now is sorta the OPPOSITE OF CREATIVE. Every dude I saw dressed as the kid from Where the Wild Things Are just made me think "If you did it last year I woulda though it was a cute idea but this year when its a big movie is just gross." You may as well just say "Im inspired by the things that major corporation shove in my face" which at that point you may as well just start eating soylent green.
Sorry for the griping, I think Im in a crabby mood, I didnt have dinner.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH BOO YOU

Anonymous said...

If art reflects life, and life reflects art... can art reflect art? If she's NOW, then that's her relevance. And, aside from her writing and playing a variety of instruments for her own music, she actually creates her own looks. I think anything that says "hard work pays off" is a good message. She pours a lot of her earnings back into her art. Not into LV hand bags, and being photographed at the new hot night club (yet)... I give her huge credit for that.
She may not be deep, but sometimes the lilly floating on top is the best thing in the pond.

PS... I own a single song by her, otherwise, I'm not really even a "fan" I just happen to have an opinion, and thought I'd share. : )

~N

erik said...

thanks for reading that stale ass lady david. i was kinda hoping you were on that side, since all this time i've been wanting someone to say what i was feeling. it'd be SO different if the songs meant something, but they don't. they sound like polished versions of what is happening in the underground and (as you would say) that is tryory, nothing more. even her looks just have no context except an immature rebellion. even courtney love is still more interesting that lady gaga. BARF.

youreviltwin said...

yeah, my boyfriend is all into her and he actually says shit like "she's really interesting" and i'm like WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!

i mean, the songs are fun if lyrically lackluster, but if you never SAW her, would those songs even be noticed, you know? the styling and stylistic "concept" is fun, the staging is more interesting than most, and at least an attempt is being made for something more than Britney Spears type choreography etc.

the thing i'm always aware of with her, is that she is CLEARLY a PRODUCT. these are NOT her ideas, there is some svengali handing her songs. she isn't writing shit, and the thing you hear about her being some sort of "go to" songwriter is ridiculous. it's just branding. there's some ghostwriter out there who got his shit either stolen or bought for NOTHING with a bunch of shit all in the same vein, and it's been branded as "lady gaga" because it ups it's value and clout. i mean, it's the same all over- linda perry (scoff), fucking BEYONCE writing songs, yeah RIGHT.

and anybody who's running around saying how influenced they are by WARHOL probably shouldn't be taken very seriously. i mean, his stuff is kind of cool, but it's puddle shallow, and notoriously manufactured for consumption by rich, pretentious posers.

David Mason said...

I so agree about her saying shes inspired by WARHOL... EWWW.. Thats so her trying to talk to families like the one on ROSEANNE because even THEY know what WARHOL is supposed to mean, not to mention his Grace Jones portrait SUCKS HARD.. Its like her worst portrait EVER... Not that everything he did is bad, he did do some fierce stuff, but just saying youre inspired by WARHOL is like saying Im inspired by... PRODUCTS.

SAGATSAGAT said...

Speaking about "Bad Romance" ,This song has a real meaning for me...

I've always thought that this Song is only a song to play at night, in Gay Backrooms/ gay Darkrooms...Gay Cruising Bars...ONLY, EXCLUSIVELY.

FISTING /Hardcore-LEATHER scene, with the song playing other and other...the same song, Bad Romance

No womens, no vagina involved...
only dicks and cum...that's what its inspires to me...

It reminds me Gays having Heavy Bareback sex on drugs...
thats a "Romantic" song: I have a vision when I hear it : FISTING FISTING FISTING and ROSEBUTT.

If Lady Gaga really wrote this song in the same purpose , then I really think she is AMAZING.

SAGAT.

David Mason said...

Wow... well its nice she evokes something in you Francie.... I can honestly say I didnt get a "fisting parlor" vibe, wish i did ( I think??? it would at least be interesting) which is surprising because we usually tap into the same collective unconscious.

Anonymous said...

NO YES THANK YOU. This is it. I just watched that video and then immediately came to House of Vader because it left me feeling empty. So many interesting clothes, so much visual shit going but theres no focus and nothing just nothing. You could make all your clothes out of trash bags and be more effective and interesting and ugh I don't know. I really want her to be good, but every time I see anything she does, all I can think is that those clothes deserve better.

Sanch said...

Oh, you really nailed it re: Gaga.

I can't hate her. I can't like her. I can't remember what her songs sound like. EVEN WHILE THEY'RE PLAYING!

I completely baffled that the entire country & media industry seems to be captivated by her. Is it just the styles? They're good--but have these people never seen a fashion spread?

I'm for her. But not passionately so. She is what happens when someone under 5'8" tries to go the Phantasy Layde route.

Don't be too down on Warhol, you'd love a lot of his stuff, some of it is a scream and really was at the time. But, yeah, as a reference to make yourself seem so great with, it's tired an banal.

SAGATSAGAT said...

I think I love your Post , You express your feelings so well..

You 're one of those who resisted to lady gaga's brainwash...(I didnt)

fairviewsue said...

I have to agree. I would think that all of these wonderfully placed "artists" would use their popularity at least for good causes (inspite of not being real). Lady Gaga was at the Equality March though, I give her that. But what is Rhiana doing? Why aren't they all out for good causes like safe sex? I have a hard time understanding why they are not doing more.


I thought her white hairless cat was fierce though!

David Mason said...

Glad you see where I am coming from guys! :)

Muscled Dad said...

She and "it" is called Pop for a reason. Just a a piece of gum, you enjoy it for awhile and then spit it out and move on. I'm sure that she realizes that also, unless she's dumber than she looks. But I DO always love the breathless, hyper-critical analysis of pop as is if it's something more important or relevant, especially from us Gays.

Muscled Dad said...

Oh and I agree with you assessment, btw. In a word, she's simply vapid. Which ironically, totally fits with her being the featured performer at the recent HRC dinner in DC. And it's not good for you to skip meals, man...the body metabolizes muscle first.

Kurt Walters said...

Alright, I guess I was moved slightly.. as in when your dick moves just a little towards wanting to get hard, but we all know it won't, when a fat woman is the only masseuse available at a bad spa, and she grazes your inner thigh during the massage..

By the scorched bed shot at the end, burnt corpse, and still sparking tits. Because it was 'ugly' in a sea of 'pretty'.. it seemed risky?

Or like, should I go back and re watch if I missed something, some clue about a deeper meaning in a Bad Romance?

or should I just pour lube on my floor and see how far I can slide without getting a splinter in my balls..

nsfw said...

She puts the "luster" in lackluster.

Anonymous said...

Pokerface is a perfect encapsulation of love and loss in a 3 minute pop song. Just as people who don't want to appear on Oprah hide their rawest emotions under a bright facade, Pokerface has a tragic lyric, hidden underneath a glittering production.
The best pop music hides lyrical cleverness behind production which is as glossy as spandex.
Cheers, P-P-P-Paul

gavin said...

My big problem with Lady Gaga is that too many of her songs sound the same.

The same beat and instruments get old fast. They are overproduced, synthetic noises, too. Maybe I just prefer rock or I'm sick of current pop.

But Dave is right about the emotionless void that she is; I never picked up on that before. I guess I have loved some other emotionless divas like Nico; Deborah Harry could occasionally get monotone. But their lyrics and compositions are emotionally compelling, not to mention Blondie being more diverse than Gaga.

I also hate the "gay herd mentality" stampeding toward Lady Gaga. "I like it because everyone else does!"

"Basing something off a book that is a now a FEATURE FILM with commercials every half hour in every home in america is the OPPOSITE of creative."

LOL Best. Truism. Ever!

Sanch @ 3:19 a.m. said: "Don't be too down on Warhol, you'd love a lot of his stuff, some of it is a scream and really was at the time."

But saying you're influenced by Warhol is just vague, pretentious name-dropping.

I mean, Warhol was famous for drastically different works, styles, mediums and protog├ęs. Gaga would have to specify IN WHAT REGARD she styles herself after Warhol in order to mean something.

LakeEric said...

Amen David! She is like Ron Burgandy to me "I am trapped in a glass box of emotion"..as in no emotion. Snore. But she makes it easy for me to mix her songs which are all 119 BPM.

Anonymous said...

to Erik: I like the first sentence of your post, I read it as, "Thanks for reading that stale ass, Lady David." Which made me chuckle...tee hee hee.

Quinn said...

She is wicked retarded. I see Kubrik, Karen Finley, Michael Jackson, Hype Williams...all been done a million years ago and done well. This is one tired ass rehash. Besides, no real fetishist would ever use a term like "Yyour vertigo stick" either...

Anonymous said...

Lady Gaga is 23 years old. Rihanna is 21. If any critic here thinks they did anything of any artistic significance, or of any significance at all, when they were that age -- THEN PROVE IT BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE YOU. People acting as though they are so above enjoying something that is pure fluff are TIRED.
And art aside, I can at least give her credit for being a more passionately outspoken proponent of gay rights than almost ANY FAG I KNOW. I hope she stays in the public eye if for no other reason than that.

Anonymous said...

You are so on here.

I swear she's just on the gays to build a madonna-esque following.

Dayglo said...

You know she's crap if Perez Hilton is gushing over her every move. She tries a little too hard ... a perfect popstar for this soul-less decade.

David Mason said...

If Lady Gaga is 23 then i'm a TWEEN! That lady is a solid 32, if not 38.

Anonymous said...

Perez Hilton HATES Lady Gaga

I think everyone is over-thinking this way to much. She has a style that the other pop princesses don't and she's working it well. It's not fine art, it's just fun...enjoy it for what it is.

David Mason said...

I have to say I love that nobody comments on anything even though there are thousands and thousands of "readers" ( more like LOOKERS) daily but the Lady Gaga posts gets 26 responses. Thats almost more then when I blogged about how I hunted down and tried to kill the cabbie who called me a faggot.

Anonymous said...

I ain't gonna lie, I like Lady Guhgah but I can agree that she doesn't really stand for anything, her singing is rather bland, her songs all sound the same and the only thing different about her is the styling... but that's it. I disagree with the styling as I think the girl has some say in what and who she wears more than the other pop singers and while the Warhol comment may have been stupid (I would know as talking art like like talking football to me...I just blink and nod), she comes up with some interesting shit to wear.

And at least she's more interesting as a product than Rihanna whose like the new Aaliyah/Brandy/Monica, or Britney Spears and a few others since I don't remember they're songs either.

But like I said, I like her I ain't gonna lie and I can catch myself in my shower going "I wanna take a ride on your Disco stick" without even knowing what they hell i'm saying and wondering who in the hell calls it a disco stick.

Aaron said...

I agree but you forgot to mention the shameless product placement in all her videos, there are actually commercials lurking in her videos, her songs are nothing but elaborate JINGLES.

David Mason said...

I know I saw that vodka bottle in the beginning and was like... I know people dont buy music like before but that is pretty much tacky.

Kurt Walters said...

oops yeah.. the vodka bottle was so obvious I thought it was a brand made just for the vid.. plus Dave, that was one of your longer rants in a while..maybe ergo the # of reactions..

Anonymous said...

there's also her "heartbeats" headphones and dr. dre's "beats".
also, im really sure the "button" used to bid on gaga is the nunchuck attachment from the Wii.
first time i saw the vid i wondered what PETA would think about the polar bear skin but apparently they haven't pick up on it (yet?)
the dancing totally reminded me of the thriller dance.
for all you guys criticize her on, you have to admit, she knows how to pump out catchy tunes and at least she can sing AND dance at the same time. c/f Britney

erik said...

Ooo one last thing, gaga looks like mathew barney snapped into a slim jim.

Gunn said...

Um.... horrible Roisin Murphy rip off.

Paul~Roland said...

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watching this video on your page, i am almost certain that she is in fact or at one time a boy with some identity issues. there is one specific scene, after she gets the chandelier off of her head, that she looks like Alex Arquette, well only if Alexis would Glam up a little more, and left the Camp-Cooky out.

so take a peek and let me know what you think!!