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Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster

Listening to this album because of a work conversation about Lady Gaga this morning. Great music. Although I don’t think I’ve ever linked to one of Lady Gaga’s music videos because they are too weird for me.

This album was released in 2008. Wow, where have the nine years gone? This is no longer new music. What are kids listening to this decade?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

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  1. Last fall Bret Easton Ellis was interviewing Moby in a podcast and made the point that pop culture seemed to have stopped altogether around 2000. He was wondering out loud what happened and seemed to grasp it was political correctness that was the cause. That seemed to me a significant admission from the left.

    Andrew E.

    July 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    • I’ve heard the point made that radio stations will say things like “Featuring the hits of the ’80s, ’90s, and today!”

      “Today” apparently encompasses the entirety of the 21st century. ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s music had distinctive sounds that are now mostly lost to us. While some decades bleed over (90-92 was still part of the ’80s) there are a LOT of songs, perhaps a majority of rock and pop songs, that you can instantly place by decade, even if you’ve never heard them before.

      But if you played a random song from 2006, could you really tell that it wasn’t made in 2016? I don’t think I could.

      I don’t blame political correctness. I think it’s related to reasons why Hollywood cranks out so many sequels, and even the “prestige” films are more likely to be adaptations. Maybe it’s partly cultural stagnation, maybe it has to do with monetary incentives, maybe the rise of video games has taken some creative energy and male interest away from other media.


      July 28, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      • destructure

        July 29, 2017 at 3:44 am

    • “Although increasing ethnic diversity is widely assumed to make the arts more “vibrant,” the triumph of the ideology of multiculturalism appears to have instead helped cause pop music to stagnate stylistically.

      “There’s a fundamental connection between the growth of ethnic pride and the decline of generational rebellion, because to rebel against your forefathers is to rebel against your race. Thus, for a group of young black musicians to issue a manifesto pointing out that 30 years of rap is plenty would be racial treason. Although long exhausted musically, hip-hop has become so emotionally entwined with African-American identity that we’re all stuck with it.” – Steve Sailer, 2009


      July 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    • “pop culture seemed to have stopped altogether around 2000.”

      Internet caused the splintering. Everything is now specialized/niche rather than Big Tent.


      July 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      • Internet seems like a more obvious culprit than political correctness suddenly running amok amok on January 1, 2000.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      • It was political correctness. The shift predated file-sharing, and I can prove it.

        Top 25 Hot 100 artists of the 1970s: 60% white, 36% black, 4% Hispanic.
        1980s: 68% white, 32% black.
        1990s (mostly BEFORE Napster): 28% white, 68% black, 4% interracial. (and nearly all the white artists on this list were “legacy” acts well past their prime such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith. Labels were underfunding young white artists)

        An alien looking at this list would assume America suddenly became majority black in 1990.

        White artists still sold lots of albums and were very profitable for the labels, but record executives kept trying to shove hip-hop down our throats, the musical version of TV executives’ “rural purge” in 1970 when shows set in the flyover country or the Old West were snuffed out en masse despite high ratings.


        July 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    • There’s tons of new music. Go to YouTube and search for “Triple J Like A Version” or “BBC Radio One Live Lounge” — you’ll get a bunch of live studio performances.

      For example, here’s Chvrches covering Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Want To Know?”. Catchy song:

      Dave Pinsen

      July 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm

  2. iirc, kids today are big into bilingual trap remixes of Al Stewart.


    July 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    • Isn’t Al Stewart one of Lion’s favorite singers?

      But with a discussion of Lady Gaga, the guidofest continues! Her real name is Stephanie Germanotta. She looks a lot like Liza Minelli. With a Liza wig she could play her in a movie.

      Germanotta has a great voice. And her duets with Tony Bennett were wonderful. But she’s too outlandish for my taste. She wore a “meat dress” to a public event years ago. That’s right – raw meat. The girl is Italian and with all the great meat dishes we have she chose to wear raw meat. Why not meatballs, fried cutlets, etc…? Dumb guidette!


      July 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      • Lady Gaga has a different style of dress from those whom we call guidettes. She’s very eccentric, out in far left field, neither, prole, guido or SWPL could touch her.


        July 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    • El Ano Del Gato.


      July 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm

  3. Bye Reince!

    (paging TUJ)


    July 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    • O/T. How about a post on the prevalence of tattoos on young (and not so young) women. Seems to be increasing by the week


      July 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      • I work in accounting and I still don’t see tattoos on college educated upper management types. The lower class types who used to get them are increasing as a percentage of the population so they are becoming more noticeable in daily life. Since there are so many of that type of person now, there are also having a negative cultural influence on the lower middle class immediately above them who are slowly adopting their customs and manners, including getting tattoos. Tattoos don’t look good on younger women but they look really bad on older women and when all the young women who are getting them turn old it’s not going to be a pretty sight.

        Mark G.

        July 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      • I see tattoos on management but I don’t work in accounting.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 29, 2017 at 2:49 pm

  4. Back when I was a teenager in the mid-1970s, the oldies station here in LA played music from the 50s and early 60s. Nowadays, the same oldies station plays music from the 80s, while the “classic rock” stations play music from the 60s and 70s. That would be like a 1975 oldies station playing music from the 1920s.

    Pete Puma

    July 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    • In New York, the oldies station played ’50s music in the ’80s, and now plays ’80s music. The classic rock station plays Nirvana now, when it wouldn’t play them 20 years ago.

      There’s no alt- or modern rock station in the NYC area, as far as I know.

      Dave Pinsen

      July 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

      • Satellite radio made that obsolete. Now people can put on any of a dozen or so classic rock channels, and never have any idea that Adele, Taylor Swift, or Justin Bieber even exist.


        July 30, 2017 at 12:14 am

  5. Nice lady gaga tribute


    July 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    • Nice lady gaga Tribute.


      July 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      • Charlie Parra does awesome stuff, I have his heavy metal Christmas album.

        SJ, Esquire

        July 30, 2017 at 10:37 pm

  6. Nobody cares about pop stars except to the extent that they remind us of our friends, or of people in our lives we like to spend time with, or family members. When you start thinking that John Lennon or Lady Gaga have something to say that other people who are kinder and gentler have not said better, then you are entering a bad zone to be in. And that is not John Lennon’s or Lady Gaga’s fault – it is not like either one has said they are the next version of Richard Wagner or of Edgar Allan Poe – it is the fault of the people who put too much faith in pop stars. Well I can see how that might happen, but it shouldn’t. I am not even that big of a fan of famous preachers or famous novelists – Billy Graham, for example, in spite of his frequent preaching about God’s love for us, a wonderful topic, by the way, would not be someone I would be proud to have as a son, unless he declined to make as much money as he did …. and Proust, for another example, could have written a much better novel if he had not been so – what’s the word? – overwhelmed by worldly successes. Again, if he were my son, I would be disappointed. Anyway, there is something so beautiful about being average and loving your average friends – famous people are jealous of that, I think (although of course they are not about to give up their awesome financial security in order to be normal like the rest of us – but that is understandable).

    howitzer daniel

    July 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm

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