Posts Tagged ‘lady gaga’

Douchelord of the Day

Lady Gaga Wore This First.

Christina vs. Gaga. You can decide for yourself, but Xxxtina is my douchelord of the day for dissing on my Lady Gaga again and then trying to dismiss it. “Oh, the newcomer? I think she’s really fun to look at.” In any context, this phrase is pretty random and like there is nothing more to her? She’s issued an apology, but please- Lady Gaga is incredibly talented, so shush up you!

-Whitney Manson

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lady gaga is the cat’s meow.

Love to love her or hate her, Lady Gaga is nothing less than intriguing for her fans and haters.  Lady Gaga is more than a music artist. Lady Gaga is a persona, a performance artist, a writer, a fashionista, a singer, and a diva.

Lady Gaga began her music career by writing for other artists like Britney and The Pussycat Dolls.  Then finally, she released her own album The Fame. Her music caught on quickly, and it proved her talent. She writes her own music, and each single has a way to stick in your head and make you want to dance. She gets me through my workouts, out of a tired funk at work, through late night drives home, and she joins me when I am out dancing in clubs.

Her performances and music videos shy away from the boring guy/girl story played out in numerous pop songs. Instead, she involves giant high heels, weird makeup, and kidnappings that end with her lighting people and a bed on fire. If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch her videos for “Bad Romance” and “Telephone”. I promise you will be enthralled and confused at the same time. She is bringing back the ridiculousness that music videos used to be.

Some people think her edginess is over-the-top, unnecessary, and that she’s ugly. I don’t care though. She excels at pushing boundaries, and it is part of her act. She challenges fashion and wears whatever she feels like, which typically does not include pants. I am not sure how she walks around New York City dressed like that in winter, but the Lady does what she wants! I wait at the edge of my seat to see what craziness she will pull off (well) at her next televised performance.

So really, what is Lady Gaga? She’s pure escapism, and I will still dance to her jams when I am 95. Hate her if you want, but you can’t deny that this outrageous entertainer is a piece of art all by herself.

Also, I think I am going to wear some Diet Coke cans in my hair to work today.

Autotune Can Suck It.

Using Kathy Griffin’s favorite phrase, I think autotune, and especially lip synching, can “suck it”. Auto-tune is an audio processor that corrects pitch in performances, but it can also be used to make it higher or lower. It is especially popular in R&B, and T-Pain is a huge fan of it. In case you didn’t notice at the Grammy Awards Sunday, he is a really really big fan… so much so that the Jamie Foxx/T. Pain song, “Blame It” was absolutely not live. Honestly, they weren’t doing a very good job of lip-synching either.

After stunning live performances by Lady Gaga and Elton John, Beyonce, Pink, and Lady Antebellum (though they could’ve used autotune too), I thought this was a serious downgrade. In fact, I wouldn’t be opposed to a rule at the Grammys, which are supposed to be “the” awards show for music, that you have to sing LIVE. It was disappointing to me that they allowed that performance, or lack thereof. They just walked around, lip-syncing horribly after Pink was twirling in the air while singing LIVE. They just Ashlee Simpson-ed themselves. Remember when she messed up on Saturday Night Live and her track was playing in the background? People went nuts, booed her, and made fun of her for years. However, no one seems up in arms about Jamie Foxx’s clearly bogus “performance”, when it actuality it is the same thing, except an even bigger music showcase this time.

I can understand the need for backing tracks and auto-tune on rare occasions: if you’re sick and expected to perform anyway, and well, that’s about it. For me, I think if you’re expected to perform live, then you should. I don’t go to a concert to listen to their album that I can hear on my iPod (cough Britney Spears’ Circus tour). I pay the big money to hear live, real music. If you can’t sing live, then maybe you shouldn’t be a singer.