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When Gaga is really Gaga.

I don't know if it's the age or something, but I have to say I never really fell for Lady Gaga hysteria. Okay, some videos of her songs are really amazing, she definitely has style, but I just couldn't really connect to her music. She just left me rather cold. All that changed when I sawsome of her live performances. Okay, I am leaving that plastic, robotic, just-for-the-sake-of-it-dancing stunts aside, because such performances often leave her singing out of tune. Her and the piano is a totally different story. When the show is based around her and that piano, she really shines. You can see this is the type of performing and singing she really feels for. And I don't blame her, because she is seriously good.

I am attaching one of my little obsessions of this week, one of her live performances of You and I; a song I actually like also in "official" form. Check it out all the way to the end, it's definitely worth it.

Not-so-gay theme continues... Have I ever told you I really dislike the granny? Mechanic, emotionless, I-can't-even-sing Madonna? Okay, an exception. Ray of Light CD, for me her only proper record.


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Aug. 24th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, Madonna only gets a few moments from me too. I like "Express Yourself", and many of her songs remind me of my childhood but I don't really enjoy her the way many of my friends seem to. I also only like one or two Lady Gaga songs. Oh well, different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
Yes, I guess we're all different, which is more than good. But sometimes this hardcore Gaga/Madonna comparison really surprises me. Yes, they are both "attacking" more or less the same part of the market, but the difference is rather obvious, if we just stick to singing. One can sing, the other just can't. And, yes, Gaga is definitely wildly recycling all images and designs and ideas from the past, but... do you remember Madonna when she started? She looked like a cheaper copy of Cindy Lauper, so there... :)
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
I would agree with you for the most part. I like hearing Madonna and Gaga when they come on the radio most of the time. I usually don't active seek them out to hear them, though.

I'd heard Gaga in live performances several times and was impressed. Yep, she's a flamboyant showgirl (to say the least...) but I've always noticed that, unlike artist like Madonna, Brittany and many others, she makes sure you're aware she is performing live. I've got to give her points for that.

Pink is the same way. Her live high wire performance of 'Glitter in the Air" was epic. I saw a lengthy talk Gaga made at Google a few months ago (google it..). She's an exceptionally intelligent young woman. She did mention that when she writes, no matter how highly produced it sounds when you hear it on the radio, she's written it basically as a piece with her voice and piano as the basis. She says any song she's done can be stripped back down to that element and would sound good and I believe her...
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Well, I like hearing some Gaga and almost no Madonna on the radio and I have to admit I did quite some browsing for live Gaga stuff. She is a showgirl, yes, but what I appreciate more is the fact she really is a singer and - at least now - she is still able to push the sensation she is enjoying it. I saw some Madonna concert DVD's. My goodness, she really looked like a machine. Cold, emotionless face, shitty singing. I guess if you go to her concert and you can't actually see her, you get a sensation of a fantastic show. But those closeups... Nope, milady, you're too cold.
Aug. 24th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Lady Gaga has impressed me, especially once I saw her live stuff on the piano. It will be interesting to see where (and if) she continues to go forward in the future or disappear quietly.

Madonna... I still like her. Her older stuff better than the new but she still makes my butt wiggle. That's all I really ask from music lately LOL
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
hehehehehe I think many things make your butt wiggle. I actually never really liked Madonna (apart from Ray of Light) and she is just too cold for me. Music is just too much of a business for her, I mean in a way that she shows it.

Gaga is still young and wild and I would really love to hear a "true Gaga" record, with songs stripped down to basics. Because she definitely is a great singer.
Aug. 24th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
I totally agree !! LOL ;-)

I love this :-

Aug. 30th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
I saw that, yes. She was goooooood. :)
Aug. 24th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Love Gaga, Love Madonna, but I never really got into the Ray of Light album. I know, I'm the only gay who doesn't dig it.
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)
Oh... most gays I know don't like the Ray of Light. Guess it's not that typical Madonna. Maybe that's the reason I like it. :)
Aug. 24th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Is there a line in there where she rhapsodizes about "when I'm sittin' on your face"?

Impressive work. This version with its abundantly passionate love for New York could be the theme for your trip there, if that does happen.
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Well, it's slightly different. LOL

Yes, the passion in this version totally got me. You could tell she really likes her city.

Oh, and I will return. :)
Aug. 24th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Must be my age.Madonna will always be the Queen Of Pop to me.I like most of her earlier stuff.I like Gaga but Madonna will always be my girl.After all were born the same yr and only one day apart.I curse my mothers grave that she didn't push me. Out a day sooner :-)
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Ah, you can keep your Queen. :) I was always amazed how someone with such limited vocal performance can be the queen of anything, except for the marketing. :)
Aug. 24th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the Gaga hysteria. I "get" that she's talented - which yes, really shines through when it's just her and the piano - but I seriously don't get the mass infatuation.

That said, I don't understand celebrity hysteria in general. Perhaps it's because I've met/worked with so many "celebs" that it passes me by. There's only been one celeb that I can honestly say I was "star-struck" by and that was Omar Sharif.
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
And I can only guess why was Omar Sharif the one and only.... :)
Aug. 30th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
Actually he was larger than life and when he walked in the room, everyone fell silent. He was incredibly charismatic and everyone seemed to gravitate to him. A true gentleman to talk to :)
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
I totally believe you that. :)
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