Back in January I did a post about my year in review for 2009, and while that’s still all fine and dandy, I mentioned how I had a completely inability to understand people’s fascination with Lady Gaga– this was due in part to the fact that the only song I’d heard of hers was Just Dance, and I still hold to the fact that that song completely eludes me in its ability to create rabid fangirls/boys.
That being said, I /do/ get Lady Gaga now, having actually gotten around to listening to her album The Fame Monster, I found a plethora of songs I actually enjoy, including Monster, Dance in the Dark, Paparazzi, Bad Romance, Poker Face, and… a crazy lot more.
This isn’t to say that I still get the attraction to her off the wall style (I don’t get it, still), but I do understand the attraction to her musically, as a lot of these songs are fairly catchy and can get in your head in that kind of way you don’t expect from a woman you’d have claimed to detest six months ago. I just honestly wish she’d try a hand at some more of her classic sound (yes, I found the videos on youtube of her before the ‘make-over’ from Hollywood and her own personal Fame Monster, and she was beautiful and talented).
On the subject of her fashion, I have the feeling a lot of it is meant to elicit exactly the reaction it does– shock and horror. How better to get yourself out there than to wear something completely ridiculous or off the wall. You will never fail to be in the tabloids or on e-News sites as long as you’re donning some kind of frog look from hell. It’s also a hell of a lot safer than drug binging for attention like some celebrities do– to use fashion as your marketing tool is actually quite brilliant, because as long as you don’t mind looking like your mother wrapped you in sixteen yards of red lace, you get the attention to yourself you need to promote your music without the bad connotations of being one of those troubled stars.
I could be completely wrong, however, it could be just that she enjoys the stylings and finds it to be a kind of eclectic and eccentric sense of style that fits her– but having seen her before the fame, I doubt that very much.
All in all, Gaga went from hated by me to a somewhat usual suspect in my last.fm, even if it is currently defunct to a degree after the computer wipe of 09, and someone I can at least get on board with in regards to her ability to make danceable pop tunes.