Some Thoughtful Commentary On My Favorite Lady Gaga Music Video

As a fan of terrible things, I was absolutely tickled this morning when I watched the music video for Lady Gaga's newest single, "Applause."  The whole thing is bananas and I highly suggest you watch it as many times as your brain will allow. There are anthropomorphic Gaga-head swans, Zombie Marilyn Monroes, sad, business casual half ponies (my personal favorite) and many other incoherent half references. I dig it. 

Gaga is certainly a divisive presence in our modern pop culture landscape (that's a particularly generous phrasing), and this new video is sure to put her Little Monsters (are we still calling them/ourselves that?) and bloggers everywhere at odds. But do you remember a simpler time? A kinder time? A time when Lady Gaga was a little known dance pop gal who had us shimmying in our driver's seat while we waited at stop lights? I miss those times. All this talk of Jeff Koons and the nature of fame has got me really bummed out, so today I decided to go back and watch LG's very first music video for Just Dance. 

Guys! That was so fun. Let's talk about that, yeah?

a) This is so deliciously 2008, right? I'm not exactly sure what that means. Maybe it's mostly nostalgia talking, but this just feels  like 2008, and I love it. 
b) You can accuse her of being derivative now (which may or may not be fair), but at the very least she's drawing from more interesting sources now? Here It looks like she was in that weird place between Gwen Stefani and Ke$ha. We've all been there. 
c) I'm pretty sure this music video was filmed at the same party as Miley's "We Can't Stop" music video. This was filmed from the perspective of someone who was only a little drunk. Miley's was filmed from the perspective of someone who is tucked away in the corner, peacefully dying of a drug overdose. 
e) Where in the world is Colby O'Denis? Is that his real name? Are any of you friends with Colby O'Denis? If so, please contact him and make sure he's alright.

Ah, Gawgs. Whether people like it or not, you're probably going to be around for a while longer. I'm okay with it. If anything else it gives me yet another low-stakes topic of conversation for parties. 

I'll leave you all on this: