I usually don’t pay much attention to the “musicians” at the top of the Billboard charts nowadays since, well, most of them aren’t musicians but American Idol type vocalists. It’s been rather hard, however, to totally dismiss Lady Gaga. A quick glance at a photo of her in an outfit made from Kermit the Frog dolls makes you do a double take even if you’ve never heard her music. Britney didn’t even wear something that wacky that when she was going through her “crazy” phase. Well, except for the shaved head. Hell, Madonna didn’t do that during her most outrageous reinventions. So I did a little fact-checking on La Gaga out of curiosity. It seems Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (she’s Italian, like Madonna), is more than what meets the eye. No, I’m talking about those hermaphrodite rumors, either.
Lady Gaga had some impressive experience under her belt even before recording her first album.
She was a staff songwriter for Interscope Records and Akon’s Konvict Record Label, penning songs for the Pussycat Dolls and Britney Spears, among others. Her outrageous taste in fashion and avant-garde stage act was honed in Lower East Side clubs when she sang with a performance artist named Lady Starlight. And she attended New York University for awhile, proving that she has smarts as well as sass.
Lady Gaga is not the usual mass-manufactured pop bimbo the music industry has hoisted upon us this decade. Of course, only time will tell if Lady G’s songs eventually concern themselves with more arcane references than “a disco stick.” During her concerts (and Saturday Night Live appearance), she manages to wear a life-sized gyroscope and heels, play piano, and belt out a ballad. Girls can play “dress up” and be real musicians, too. You can do both. Now this is the fully-rounded role model younger women pursuing a mainstream music career should emulate. Well, except for the Kermit the Frog costume.
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