In one of today's British sunday newspapers, the critical thinker and theorist wrote lyrically and in-depth about Lady GaGa. And seemed to be demolishing the performer. Arguably, Paglia pretty much destroyed the singer. Paglia states:
But I'll go one step further than Camille Paglia does. Putting aside the fact Paglia is a well-known fan of Madonna the article is actually pretty airtight but to me is concludes no real revelations. Her piece arrives at thoughts that is not shocking or new. Lady GaGa is a product of a Swedish autotune pop factory. I find her music shockingly soulless, sometimes atrocious but on many occasions wonderfully catchy (and thankfully for her label, catching, much like herpes). Her lyrics are incredibly and beautifully throw-away. Beyond this, Paglia states Lady GaGa is sexless and superficial. So? Within this, Camille's social essay seems to be that she's taken aback by a world that has adopted Lady GaGa as a queen of deconstruction. Deconstructing everything she consumes and is thus HI-ART. This is her critical critique.
But as pop fan I've always felt that this was never what Lady GaGa was about. She's no more deconstructive than that wonderful failed British popgroup Girl Thing. And as such, maybe Paglia has lost the point. She prefers to compare GaGa to other performers. This is dangerous territory. So, you like Tina Turner. Blast out Proud Mary and turn off Bad Romance. Its clear Bad Romance is utter shit next to something like Proud Mary. It will always be. But that's not a fact that is all-earth-shattering is it? Is it? To Camille it kinda is. I find this incredibly funny. Indeed, anyone listening to Alejendro will have heard Fernando by ABBA, Ace Of Base and Madonna when she still made good records. Lady Paglia's essay is built on one fact: that ultimately Lady GaGa is a bit shit & vacuous. But is that news? No, not really. If you want revolutionary electronic pop Camille, buy Robyn's Body Talk (especially Part Two). I know Lady GaGa will be tracing every single outline of Robyn's latest in an attempt to try and imitate the Swedish popstars' record before she releases her follow-up to her debut album.....
GaGa's relations with all things Scandi is well entrenched. Indeed, the Paglia piece on Lady GaGa seems to be saying she's a popstar who has simply imported a key important European narrative and made it her own: the epic story written by Hans Christian Andersons The Emperor's New Clothes. To me I've always know this about Lady GaGa and this is why she is brilliant. Camille's article is supposed to be shocking. It isn't. It just underscores what I've always felt about the performer. She's not about sex. She's not about great music. She doesn't have a great voice. Yes Yes. It might not even be about the show (though, I'm sure members of the Haus of GaGa would argue she is a groundbreaking performative artist). And, the masses of ticket sales may prove that point. Paglia states she's simply a scripted and calculated "gangly marionette". Like this a bad thing? Paglia! GaGa isn't even this! Darling, this credits Gaga with far too much. She's simply a modern example of an individual caught in their own very re-writing, and re-living, of the Danish fairy tale of The Emperor's New Clothes. Nothing more and never anything less.