Thursday, 24 June 2010
10:00:38 AM (GMT)
(Found at songfacts.com)
Every track on The Fame Monster represents a "fear" of some "monster." GaGa has said
[Alejandro] was influenced by her "fear of sex" monster.
[Alejandro]'s music video was directed by the photographer Steven Klein. Gaga
discussed with The London Times May 22, 2010 it's concept. She explained it is about
the "purity of my friendships with my gay friends, and how I've been unable to find
that with a straight man in my life. It's a celebration and an admiration of gay love
- it confesses my envy of the courage and bravery they require to be together. In the
video I'm pining for the love of my gay friends - but they just don't want me."
[Alejandro] opens with a weeping violin, which incorporates the melody from
"Csárdás" by Italian composer Vittorio Monti (1868-1922). "Csárdás" was composed
in 1904 and Monti based the violin show-piece on a Hungarian folk dance.
The [Alejandro] video courts religious controversy in a Madonna-ish way by showing
Gaga dressed in a red latex nun outfit eating a rosary. It also intermingles other
Catholic imagery with provocative shots of a same-sex orgy. Not only Catholic groups
objected - Katy Perry tweeted: "Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a
comedian telling a fart joke."
Klein defended the use of religious imagery and symbolism in an email to MTV News:
"The religious symbolism is not meant to denote anything negative, but represents the
character's battle between the dark forces of this world and the spiritual salvation
of the Soul," he wrote. "Thus at the end of the film, she chooses to be a nun, and
the reason her mouth and eyes disappear is because she is withdrawing her senses from
the world of evil and going inward towards prayer and contemplation." He added that
the scene in which Gaga eats the rosary beads is meant to represent "the desire to
take in the holy."
[Bad Romance] celebrates the kind of lusty passion and desire found in a bad romance
Lady Gaga debuted part of [Bad Romance] on the October 2, 2009 (OMGGG....MY 18TH
BIRTHDAY!!!) edition of Saturday Night Live. The full version was unveiled four days
later at the finale of fashion designer Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2010 Paris
Fashion Week runway show.
The clip [in Bad Romance] features Gaga with some razor-blade sunglasses. She
explained to MTV News: "I wanted to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and
some of my girlfriends — don't do this at home! — they used to keep razor blades
in the side of their mouths. That tough female sprit is something that I want to
project. It's meant to be, 'This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner
sense of fame, this is my monster.'"
Lady GaGa told About.com that [Beautiful Dirty Rich] sums up her time of
self-discovery, when she was living in the Lower East Side of New York: "I was doing
a lot of drugs when I wrote 'Dirty Rich.' It was about two years ago, and it was
about a few different things. First and foremost the record is about – whoever you
are or where you live – you can self-proclaim this inner fame based on your
personal style, and your opinions about art and the world, despite being conscious of
it. But it's also about how on the Lower East side, there was a lot of rich kids who
did drugs and said that they were poor artists, so it's also a knock at that. 'Daddy
I'm so sorry, I'm so, so sorry, yes, we just like to party.' I used to hear my
friends on the phone with their parents, asking for money before they would go buy
drugs. So, that was an interesting time for me, but it's funny that what came out of
that record – because it's about many different things – but ultimately what I
want people to take from it is 'Bang-bang.' No matter who you are and where you come
from, you can feel beautiful and dirty rich."
Lady GaGa (from her website)[about Boys Boys Boys]: "I wanted to write the female
version of Motley Crue's 'Girls, Girls, Girls,' but with my own twist. I wanted to
write a pop song that rockers would like."
[Dance in the Dark] about a girl in an abusive relationship features a "Vogue"-style
rap breakdown in which Gaga references various females who met a tragic end: Marilyn
Monroe, Judy Garland, Sylvia Plath, Princess Diana, and Jon-Benet Ramsey.
GaGa explained [Dance in the Dark] to The LA Times December 15, 2009: "The record is
about a girl who likes to have sex with the lights off, because she's embarrassed
about her body. She doesn't want her man to see her naked. She will be free, and she
will let her inner animal out, but only when the lights are out. She doesn't feel
free without the moon. These lyrics are a way for me to talk about how I believe
women and some men feel innately insecure about themselves all the time. It's not
sometimes, it's not in adolescence, it's always.
Also, I'm working with Viva Glam on MAC AIDS Fund stuff and the more I learn about
AIDS and HIV... most of the new infections are in women my age, and in women ages 53
to 64, older women who haven't had sex in a long time, and in a moment of passion are
irresponsible and contract HIV, and women my age who think their boyfriend won't love
them if they speak up. Condoms aren't female. They're making female condoms, but
right now it's, "buy a Trojan" – it's for men. So everything's in a man's power,
and women are taught to be receivers… It's just a very deluded way of looking at
I guess all of these new things entering my life are changing the way I view my
purpose, but that song in particular is about me wanting to live -- but also, the
song isn't called 'Dance in the Light.' I'm not a gospel singer trying to cross
people over. What I'm saying is, 'I get it. I feel you, I feel the same way, and it's
Lady GaGa took her stage name from the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga." The New York
artist's real name is Stefani Germanotta.
GaGa explained on her website that the underlying theme of The Fame album "is about
how anyone can feel famous. Pop culture is art. It doesn't make you cool to hate pop
culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it's a sharable
fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this
Lady GaGa explained to MTV News that [LoveGame]'s promo, "is a genuine New York
lifestyle video." She added: "It's got that feeling of 'gay, black New York,' of
inclusion and glamour. I wanted to really bring forth the girl that I was four years
ago, and I wanted to put it in the setting of the underground subway. I worked with
[video director] Joseph Kahn, and he did an amazing job. He didn't just capture the
fashion; he captured the artist."
[Monster] was co-written and produced by Lady Gaga's frequent collaborator RedOne,
who also sings back-up on the choruses. It's about a guy she "french kissed on a
subway train" who ended up showing her what a "Monster" in bed he was.
Lady Gaga said of the album in a press release: "On my re-release The Fame Monster, I
wrote about everything I didn't write on The Fame. While traveling the world for two
years, I've encountered several monsters, each represented by a different song on the
new record: my 'Fear of Sex Monster,' my 'Fear of Alcohol Monster,' my 'Fear of Love
Monster,' my 'Fear of Death Monster,' my 'Fear of Loneliness Monster,' etc."
GaGa told MTV News that in [Monster], she is addressing her fear of relationships.
"It's the fear of attachment and the fear of loving something that's bad for you,"
she explained. "If you listen to the lyrics, it's like being in love with the bad boy
all the time, and you keep going back for more."
She added: "I keep falling in love with the monster. But what I really need is the
security and the safety and the womanhood, responsibility of my femininity. And so
that's what that song is about."
Lady GaGa told About.com that she intended [Paparazzi] to have a few different
interpretations. She explained: "The song is about a few different things – it's
about my struggles, do I want fame or do I want love? It's also about wooing the
paparazzi to fall in love with me. It's about the media whoring, if you will,
watching ersatzes make fools of themselves to their station. It's a love song for the
cameras, but it's also a love song about fame or love – can you have both, or can
you only have one?" Lady GaGa explained to The Canadian Press: "It has a real,
genuine, powerful message about fame-whoring and death and the demise of the
celebrity, and what that does to young people. The video explores ideas about sort of
hyperbolic situations that people will go to in order to be famous. Most
specifically, pornography and murder. These are some of the major themes in the
Lady GaGa told Fashionista101 that [Poker Face] is about the singer playing with guys
as if she was a poker player. She explained: "The song speaks in reference to the
poker game, 'Texas Hold Em.' So I said, 'I wanna hold him like they do in Texas,
please.' So its basically saying like, I wanna hold that guy — I wanna be close to
him." The "Mum-mum-mum-ma" hook is sampled from Boney M's 1977 hit "Ma Baker."
NBC's Access Hollywood reported that during a birthday concert at Palm Springs
Convention Center, where the audience was mainly made up of gay men, Lady GaGa opened
up about the meaning behind [Poker Face]. To an enthusiastic crowd reaction, she
suggested that it is about her personal experience with bisexuality, adding that the
song is about being with a man but fantasizing about a woman; hence, the man must
read her "Poker Face" to understand what is going through her mind.
[Speechless] was written by Gaga for her father, Joseph. In the song she hopes he'll
be convinced to seek the medical treatment he needs for his heart condition. "I've
known about my father's condition for about 15 years. He told me whatever happens,
happens," she told New York's Z-100 radio station. "I was getting ready to lose my
dad and I wrote this song." Joseph finally undertook a heart operation a few months
before the release of The Fame Monster.and Gaga twitted to her fans to let them know
that all was well with him. "My Daddy had open-heart surgery today. And after long
hours, and lots of tears, they healed his broken heart, and mine. Speechless," she
wrote. "At the hospital. Giving daddy a foot rub while he falls asleep. He's my
hero." GaGa discussed this song with The Sunday Times December 6, 2009: "It's very
loving in one sense, but in another sense it's quite ruthless. I think my favourite
lines on the whole album are —
'And I know that it's complicated
But I'm a loser in love
So baby, raise a glass to mend
All the broken hearts
Of all my wrecked-up friends.'
So I'm writing about my dad, but not only from my perspective, from the perspective
of my mother, and women and men all over the world whose hearts are broken for
whatever reason. For me, the whole album lives in that lyric."
In [Telephone] the protagonist is being harassed by her lover on the phone when she's
trying to dance in a club. GaGa told MTV News that this song is about her "fear of
suffocation." She explained: Something that I have or fear is never being able to
enjoy myself. 'Cause I love my work so much, I find it really hard to go out and have
a good time."
Gaga added that the phone in the song isn't just a physical phone, but also somebody
in her head telling her to keep working harder and harder. "That's my fear — that
the phone's ringing and my head's ringing," she explained. "Whether it's a telephone
or it's just the thoughts in your head, that's another fear."
The infamous Pussy Wagon from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 reappears as Gaga
and Beyoncé's getaway mobile in the video. Gaga explained to E! News: "We were
having lunch one day in Los Angeles and I was telling him about my concept for the
video and he said, 'You gotta use the Pussy Wagon!.'"
Åkerlund added to MTV News: "That car is actually the real car from the Kill Bill
movie and we had a different car. We were gonna have a convertible hearse, but then
Gaga had some sort of meeting with Quentin [Tarantino] and he offered to lend his
car. We thought that was fun too."
In the video the date on the prison security cameras (February 11, 2010) is the same
date that the late British fashioner designer Alexander McQueen's body was discovered
in his London home. When Gaga performed this song at the BRIT awards, shortly after
McQueen's death was announced she told the crowd, "This is for Alexander McQueen."
The stage was decked out in white, and perched on a pedestal was a statue of Gaga
wearing the McQueen lobster-claw heels she wore in her "Bad Romance" video.
Gaga discussed with Ryan Seacrest the Coca-Cola cans she wears in her hair in the
video. "My mom used to do that when I was a kid," she explained. "'Cause if we didn't
have any rollers in the house, she'd slice up some Coke cans and then she'd heat them
up and pin them in her hair."