2010 LADY GAGA & FRIENDS MADONNA
CHER CYNDI LAUPER
INVENTORY BOX 198
IN MINT CONDITION
magazine salutes pop music icon in the making
LADY GAGA in a
SPECIAL ISSUE devoted almost in its entirety to
This is an
ALL NEW 2010 magazine with
66 PAGES of the singer including her beginnings,
her producer, her style, a tour report with
TONS OF PHOTOS from her videos, awards shows, on
tour with many pages being
FULL COLOR PIN-UPS.
Also included are photos and sections
CHER, MADONNA, MICHAEL
If you are a GAGA fan do not miss out
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OUT OF PRINT.
steps out the back of her car like a star. It is a cold, dark
winter night, but beneath her cartoonishly exaggerated blonde
fringe she sports huge sunglasses
and not a great deal more. A
flimsy mac flips open to reveal black boots, high cut underpants
and a silver breastplate. "It's as close as I can get to naked
public, these days," she drawls. Yet there are no paparazzi around
to capture this moment. "I dress
like this everyday," she airily
insists. "Its not for the red carpet, its my life."
Indeed, behind the scenes, Lady GaGa's record
company, Universal, have counselled their hottest new talent to
tone her act down. "They must be the only major label on planet
earth asking a female pop artist to put more clothes on," she wryly
Critics have been proclaiming that the future
of pop is female. As if to confirm it, the New York electropop
sensation has scored the first big hit of 2009, with the addictive
'Just Dance' going to number one all over the world. It is a song
about getting drunk and dancing, with a hookline that declares "I
love this record baby
but I can't see straight anymore".
"Its subliminal," boasts its composer. "I've
got every person on the planet in a club somewhere saying 'I love
this record baby'. Success is built in!" A fixture of the New York
underground music scene for several years, GaGa is not a
prototypical pop starlet. For one thing, as her own writer,
producer and stylist, she seems to know exactly what she is doing.
"To me there is nothing more powerful that one song that you can
put on in a room anywhere in the world and somebody gets up and
dances. That's what pop is. It resonates on a visceral level. If
you put a classical piece on, it may resonate intellectually, but
everyone's not gonna get up and mobilise."
GaGa (whose real name is Joanne Stefani
Germanotta) is a classically trained pianist, although her chosen
instrument is the synthesiser, and her oeuvre is a kind of urban
updating of 80s electro (she namechecks Thomas Dolby, The Pet Shop
Boys and Duran Duran). Before signing her own deal, she wrote for
the Pussycat Dolls (with whom she is currently touring the UK).
"Classical music is structured the way pop music is. It has the
same sort of modulations between the chords, so it innately teaches
how to write a pop song. I may not be Beethoven, but if you want a
sick synth line, I'm your girl."
Still a fresh face on the pop landscape, GaGa
has plenty of ideas above her station. She is prone to pretentious
art references (she describes her show as "a shock performance
instillation piece"), namedrops the late Andy Warhol as if they
were on intimate terms (she has filmed witty video pastiches in
which she casts herself as Candy Warhol), and compares herself to
Madonna and Grace Jones as astute manipulators of the point where
pop music meets pop art.
Her record company asserts GaGa's age is 22,
yet while obviously young, the numbers don't add up. She studied
art at New York University and has already been signed and dropped
by Def Jam (who must be kicking themselves now). Her underground
background has led to a very pragmatic understanding of the needs
to balance creative ambitions with the demands of the market
"Let's be honest, when the record company met
me I was onstage at a bar in a thong, lighting hairspray on fire,
singing songs about oral sex. I can sit here and talk about art all
day but most of my fans are just gonna be bopping around to that
killer beat. But that's not dumbing down. I have just become
smarter about channelling my ideas through a pop lens."
Not particularly pretty in person, she
photographs extremely well (another parallel with the young
Madonna, perhaps). And she has delivered a debut album, 'The Fame',
that can be viewed either as a concept piece about modern celebrity
or a collection of potential hits cynically pitched right into the
heart of current youthful obsession with that very subject. "Fame
is beautiful and ugly. It can ruin your life but it might save you.
It's truthful, its plastic. People are supposed to argue about
whether what I'm doing is valid! That's exactly the point. Its not
valid, but it is!"
She herself has appears to have little doubt
about where she stands in relation to fame. "I have always been
famous - you just didn't know it yet! I think people need to put
things in perspective. I get to make art and fashion and music for
a living. If I have to give up grocery shopping, poor ****ing