Mar 16, 2010

Doesn't Strike a Bell

Lady GaGa premiered the much anticipated music video of her second single Telephone from her sophomore effort; The Fame Monster, last Friday. The video is nine minutes of pure craziness and mayhem, and most of it is of the good kind.

I'm sure most of you have already seen the video and really don't need to be told how it goes. And I'm also pretty sure that you are also aware of the epic Bad Romance video that hit the world last November. While Telephone is really good and Beyonce definitely brings along her ghetto fabulous self to a new high, I did not find it as breath-taking as Bad Romance. But I do appreciate the fact that it is definitely something really different and not cookie-cutter pop. GaGa said in an interview;

I wanted to do the same thing with this video-take a decidedly pop song, which on the surface has a quite shallow meaning, and turn it into something deeper.

The dancing is amazing, especially the prison part. Although she could have used prettier extras. Too bad it was a female prison, otherwise male prisoners would have been much better. And just as Bad Romance, the fashion is frigg'in crazy. I literally had an orgasm seeing those patriotic dresses. And love what she has done with the hair.

But it does suck a little. And what makes it sucky?!

Well first of all the numerous pauses between the song. This song is meant to be played non-stop, stop in between and the song looses it's momentum. It's frigg'in catchy, but given the rapid delivery of lines they don't settle into the mind that easily. And all the produce placement is just annoying. Everything from cell phones to online dating sites to twinkies was up for display.

My favorite part is at 5:25, I always knew Lady GaGa is an entertainer. But didn't know her credentials included acting. I loved it. There is a kind of innocent sensuality in it, as compared to Beyonce which is all in-your-face.

And even though it's hardly been a week since it's release, I can't wait for GaGa's next single. Rumor are circulating that she will be releasing Dancing In the Dark, that is definitely a plus plus. Dancing In the Dark is definitely the best track off The Fame Monster


Mike said...

I agree with all the pauses and that the song is meant to be played through.

Phunk Factor said...

@ Mike

Glad to find one from the same club! :)

Mac Callister said...

saw the video too,i love the costumes!great choreo

Phunk Factor said...

@ Mac Callister

Choreo is indeed really awesome!

Corve said...

The best part of the video was the last 3 minutes

Phunk Factor said...

@ Corve

Yeah...the dance in the end with the flag inspired outfits is really cool. I'm actually practicing it, for fun's sake!

Wilmaryad Oscallas said...

Underwhelmed is how the video left me. Besides the fact that I didn't go bananas for the song upon its release, the "Thelma & Louise" theme in t he vid seemed to clash with the song's lyrics. And you're right, this song was meant to play non-stop. But then, it's Gaga, so we like overall. ;-)

Cool blog, by the way. :-)

Phunk Factor said...

@ Wilmaryad Oscallas

Thanks alot!! :D

Wilmaryad Oscallas said...

You are more than welcome :)

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