June 9th, 2010

asleep at mal 9/09

What do you think?

A friend posted the new Lady Gaga video earlier; below is my first reaction after watching it.

Hmmm... it felt like Gaga visits a fetish club, with music by Evita era Madonna. Not necessarily a bad thing, but every single style choice came directly from some dungeon scene or other that I've seen in the past year.

And as a general aside, I do not get the Nazi-influence in this video, the fetish scene, and militaristic fashion. It may be a function of of spending too much time studying Nazi-ism and WWII in college, but I just cannot understand the desire to re-enact or glorify the imagery.

OTOH, the song itself is a nice change, the costuming and movement, while derivative are well-done, and the staging/set dressing is cool. T compared it to Casablanca in parts, I read the era between WWI and WWII in Spain/France, and then of course there was the obvious Moulin Rouge thrown in as well. And Gaga as Madonna as Greta Garbo is never a bad thing.

I'm sure there are images, influences, styles we're missing or that we so associate with the fetish scenes that we've wrongly interpreted parts of the short. What does the video say to you?