Let’s Play the Gaga Game – Yoü and I
Following up the ascetic (for Lady Gaga) “Edge of Glory” video, Mother Monster is back in her kaleidoscopic, over-the-top Gaganess with “Yoü and I”, which “leaked” today on the site of the gossip-blogger-who-shall-not-be-named. This latest product of the Haus of Gaga will make the Gagaologists ‘gasm with joy. It is layered and lapidated with so many references, especially to past Gaga videos, it threatens to expire under the weight of its extreme self-consciousness – except that it’s just too damn much fun to deconstruct, and I happen to love this song – Gaga at her torchiest best. Check it out:
And now, let the fun begin. How many references can you find? In one somewhat distracted viewing (the phone rang – how appropriate), I detected:
Weird prostheses, electrodes on her face, and a robotic-looking arm – Bad Romance
Being tortured and forced to drink some weird liquid – Bad Romance
Gaga in boy drag – she makes a sultry, sexy boy! – Prison yard scene in Telephone
Black burkha and broad-brimmed black hat – fashion statemetns from Telephone
Truck – the Pussy Wagon from Telephone
Dancing in the barn in a black bondage outfit – evokes the police tape in Telephone
Mermaid in the horse trough – a New York city girl in Nebraska cornfields is literally a fish out of water. Is Gaga the Little Mermaid, who gives up her mermaid tail for love? Is this the Hans Christian Anderson version with the tragic ending, or the Disney version with happily ever after? Or just an uncredited rip-off of Bette Midler?
And why the umlaut in “Yoü”? Because she doesn’t speak German but she can if you want.
Okay, you’re turn. Go!!