She’s been my obsession for just over a year now. It all began when a good friend, with great musical taste, bought her second album The Fame Monster for me claiming, “You gotta hear this; she is the new thing; she has real talent”. He had just caught her show at the large yet intimate Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and was quite blown away by her. She ended up rescheduling the rest of that tour to larger, stadium-type venues to accommodate her rapidly growing fan-base, or Little Monsters as she calls them.
I was skeptical at first, in this age of formulaic, studio-made pop “bands” but it wasn’t long until I became another one of ten million and growing Little Monsters.
Now, I recommend her music to rockers, hip hoppers, avant garde electro dancers, and pop tarts alike. She has something for everyone. Her new album even has a song with a hint of pop country. Every song on it feels like an anthem or an ultimate celebration of life. This woman is versatile and fearless.
I was lucky enough to see her Monster’s Ball II tour when she came to Oakland in March. It was the most entertaining shows I have ever been to, truly an orgasm for the eyes and ears. She sang and danced to every song and declared ‘I will never fucking lip syn!’ Each new song came with a full set change and costume changes for her and all of her incredibly talented dancers. A true performer, she says when she writes a song, she envisions how she will perform it, with what props, and what she will wear.
In addition to being the most famous pop star in the world, she is also a philanthropists and was raising money for Japan and also homeless LGBT teens at her concert that night. It is also worth noting that she spends her money on her family, friends (flying them to see her frequently), and her shows mainly, and even though, according to Forbes, she made $62 million last year, she lives in the same studio apartment that she did when she was a starving college student in NYC, her hometown.
She writes all of her own songs and in fact before she signed her first record deal she was employed by a major record label to write songs for stars like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. This explains why often her songs will get stuck in your head for days after hearing them just once. She is the master of writing the musical hook.
Gaga burst onto the pop scene just three years ago with her smash hit “Just Dance” but her music has quickly evolved from club hits about a DJ spinning her favorite records and drinking too much to songs with strong messages about self-love and acceptance, and tolerance. The title track from her brand new album Born This Way encourages you to ‘rejoice and love yourself today’ whether ‘you’re black, white, beige, chola descent, you’re lebanese, you’re orient or whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied, or teased’.
Her music just makes you feel good and we could all use a little bit of that. She brought talent back to pop music which seemed to be lost for good. She is a fashion icon and you can find her inspirations all over runways in Paris, Milan, and New York. No, not the meat dress, but her overall flair and consistent insistence of outlandish and other-worldly shapes, objects, and alternative ideas of what fashion is and can be.
And as if that isn’t enough, this is the same woman who brings you lyrics like these:
‘In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute, wench; vomits her mind.
But in the cultural sense,
I just speak in future tense.
Judas, kiss me, if offensed,
Or wear ear condom next time.’
Yes, this is Judas straight out of the Bible. L0ve her, hate her, or utterly baffled by her, there is no question that Mother Monster is truly in a league of her own.