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Let’s Play the Gaga Game – Yoü and I

August 16, 2011

By Juneau

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!!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2011 9:20 pm

    OK I am looking at it again but I did notice that hunky dam guy she uses in her videos and a couple of other characters. And she referenced Madonna at the end.
    I must go see it again now that you have brought this up 🙂

  2. Susie permalink
    August 16, 2011 10:26 pm

    dammit, the video went private

    • August 17, 2011 12:44 am

      Now that we’ve been teased, they’ve taken it away. It will be back up on Thursday, the official release date. Sorry to frustrate you!

  3. August 17, 2011 12:53 am

    That’s okay! No problem.

  4. August 21, 2011 3:50 pm

    Drag Gaga as fifties greaser as the object of her love – now that’s really loving yourself!! And then the Frankenstein imagery, it all makes love seem rather narcissistic. – J

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