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May 312011

Even by the bizarre theatrical standards of entertainers these days, American pop queen Lady Gaga is sui generis for her outrageous attire and antics (she came to the Grammys function in a huge egg carried by four men).

Upon seeing Lady Gaga in her de rigueur skimpy attire, the late night TV host David Letterman rightly asked her the other day, What are you not wearing ? :)

Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the 25-year-old New Yorker is today a household name sensation in America.

Is Lady Gaga a path-breaking pop-star or just the hit of the season?

Oh, what a silly, lowbrow, middle-class question.

Who knows? And does it even matter any more given the worshipful throngs flocking and genuflecting at Lady Gaga’s altar.

Her latest album Born This Way debuted May 23.

And Billboard is projecting it’ll sell 1.15 million albums in the first week.

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

In a bow to popular taste, SI purchased Lady Gaga’s Born This Way from the other day.

(By the way, if you have iTunes installed on your PC, the Amazon MP3 tracks download directly into your iTunes software. Cool.)

Having listened to all the tracks in Born This Way, we confess that SI has joined the unwashed masses, the screaming hordes, the ecstatic devotees in paying homage to this savvy entertainer.

If you quidnuncs insist on knowing our favorites from the album, they are Government Hooker, Americano and Judas.

Americano is a clever fusion of English and Spanish lyrics designed to appeal to both the English-speaking and the growing Hispanic population in America.

With pleasing beats and frequent shouts of ‘America’ and ‘Americano’ in a come-here-my-man-let-me-deep-throat-you vocals, the track not surprisingly endeared itself to us, particularly in our inebriated state.

Our soused mind also read a not-so-veiled reference to immigration authorities with its taunt of Don’t you try to catch me.

Our second favorite track turned out to be Judas. With its refrain on a figure, whose recognition to the Western mind is second only to Jesus Christ, the track with lyrics such as the following is bound to easily strike a chord with the babe’s fans and previously non-fans like us:

I’m just a Holy fool, oh baby it’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

Other interesting tracks include the funky Government Hooker with its outlandish references to John F.Kennedy, who died 23-years before this smartalec Lady Gaga was born.

(Yeah, You’re my hooker)
(Government Hooker)
(Yeah, You’re my hooker)
(Government Hooker)

Bloody Mary is a quieter, softer, sombre number that harks back to a slower era.

At the end of the album day, music is something that strikes at your heart and makes it skip a beat or two or three.

With Born This Way, Lada Gaga made our heart skip, skip, skip many, many, many beats.

By the way, the word Chola appears twice in the title track Born This Way. Whatever the hell Chola means to Lady Gaga!

Now, if you’ll excuse us, Scheiße scheiße be mine, bullshit be mine. (a line from the Scheiße track) is playing in the background. ;)

May 312011

(For SI Blog Reader and ardent Kamal Haasan fan prasath.j)

There was a time, really, when Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan attracted crowds for his movies.

Even in America, Tamil movie fans lined up to watch Kamal’s movies.

We still remember going to Clearview Cinemas (now Anil Ambani’s Movie City) on Oak Tree Road, Edison (NJ) to watch Vettaiyaadu Villaiyaadu in August 2006.

Those days, Ulaga Nayagan’s stock was high and much to our dismay we couldn’t get tickets for the Friday show (Aug 25, 2006).

So we returned on August 26, Saturday. We came early and found ourselves a slot at the head of the queue.

But in a few minutes, the crowds started to gather and soon the line extended almost as far back as Mughal Indian restaurant at the other end (see photo below).

That must have been the pinnacle of Kamal Haasan’s popularity.

Kamal Haasan - A Spent Force in Tamil Cinema?Kamal Haasan – The Crowds, Before Ulaga Nayagan Became Ulaga Madayan
(Movie City, Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ, August 26, 2006)

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