As evident in the banner on my blog, I am a Lady GaGa fan. In fact, I liked her before she was the GaGa that mindless fools bop their heads too and think it sounds cool. As I stated in a previous post, Lady GaGa is an artist that means something. Not everyone will understand, appreciate, or agree with that but in GaGa-esque fashion, I don’t care if they don’t.
Her latest video is another fine example of why Lady GaGa is a true artist that brings so much more to the table than other pop artists. She doesn’t try to be cute by saying she kissed a girl and liked it like Katy Perry. She doesn’t use words for the sake of exploitation to seem trendy. Lady GaGa doesn’t go that route. She is in your face with her own messages and if you don’t like it, well then it’s your loss.
Not since Michael Jackson have we seen such epic music videos that are more like short films. In fact “Telephone” is roughly 3 and a half minutes less than the short film I made last year! A 9 minute music video for a song that’s only 3 minutes and 41 seconds long. And in those 9 minutes you’re taken on a real ride, in a familiar vehicle too.
Before I continue, if you have not watched the video yet, please do so here:
The “Pussy Wagon” seen in the video is the same one used in Kill Bill. Quentin Tarantino told GaGa she “had to use it” once she told him about her video idea. After all, the video does have a Tarantino feel to it. The diner scene reminded me of Pulp Fiction except there wasn’t a robbery, but a mass murder in almost Chuck Palahniuk style.
Add in a scantily clad dancing jailed in GaGa that’s bailed out by a vivacious Beyonce who has her own murderous plans and you have one unforgettable music video. From the quotable lines to the poisoned sandwiches, this video is truly something.
And to think GaGa writes her own songs, writes her own videos, appreciates her fans, and manages to entertain at the same time. When was the last time we saw that in recent pop culture? Oh right… never.