I just wanted to add (and couldn’t find another way to do it) that I think the “warmed over Shania Twain” stuff in this song is completely intentional, considering Twain’s ex-husband, Robert John “Mutt” Lange produced it. He’s absolutely responsible for plenty of cheese and I think that was the point here.
I spent most of my evening doing Ignatz stuff (nominations post Thursday — be excited! I am!) so I rewarded myself by watching Lady Gaga’s “Yoü And I” video again, which is ridiculous and amazing.
I mean, I think most people (“haters”) will fixate on that she’s totally getting on with herself at one point in this video, but it’s Lady Gaga in drag getting it on with Children of the Corn Lady Gaga, so that’s just weird and fun. (Also all the bizarre body mod stuff - mermaid Lady Gaga, robot Lady Gaga - is pretty awesome.)
But actually, I like the idea of Lady Gaga in drag for this song. The first time I heard it, it did seem like a man singing to a woman. And there’s definitely something very masculine about it — it’s definitely an inversion of the usual story of “worldly man ‘saves’ small-town girl from the corruption of the big city.” Lady Gaga is the dominant one in this song.
And that’s pretty awesome. I also like the straight-up Queen sample. She’s a funny and self-aware girl.
(People are always surprised to find out I’m a Gaga fan, but she’s a smart young woman who’s more talented than people give her credit for. And to me, it’s pretty awesome when our young blonde pop stars want to cover themselves with stage blood. She knows what she’s doing and I’m glad to have her in the world.)