SI Goes Gaga Over Lady Gaga’s Born This Way

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 ? ๐Ÿ™‚

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, ScheiรŸe scheiรŸe be mine, bullshit be mine. (a line from the ScheiรŸe track) is playing in the background. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 Responses to "SI Goes Gaga Over Lady Gaga’s Born This Way"

  1. dpak.shimpo   June 5, 2011 at 7:09 am

    hey SI…. “Judas” is addictive. I ve listened it over 10 times in the past 2 days ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just curious.. you write “In a bow to popular taste, SI purchased Lady Gagaโ€™s Born This Way…”.and you went GAGA over it (to quote you).

    Back in India, Rajini, Kamal are hugely popular among the masses and the mass enjoy their movies, but you trash them in your reviews. How could you question the collective intelligence/taste of such a huge population? ๐Ÿ˜‰ There must be something that is likable and make these people want to watch them in action right? Responds:

    You write: How could you question the collective intelligence/taste of such a huge population? ๐Ÿ˜‰ There must be something that is likable and make these people want to watch them in action right?

    Interesting point.

    In Somalia, piracy has a high degree of legitimacy with entire families and clans involved in the planning, hijacking and ransom operations. It’s likely that more Somalis are employed in piracy-related activities than in any other vocation.

    So, should we heap praise on the Somalis because of piracy’s popularity there and embrace similar tactics to solve the unemployment situation here.

    Bottom line, while taste is often subjective there are some activities/movies/art that are completely beyond the pale. Most Tamil movies would fall in this ‘beyond the pale’ non-subjective category.

    Lady Gaga’s Born This Way might not rise to the level of high art but it’s certainly not low trash either.

    Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’d like to listen to Judas for the millionth time.

    Oh yeah, a lot of Indians are merely Somalis of a different color.

  2. Naveen   June 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Looks like the Lady showed too much too soon. Responds:

    Lady Gaga was Blessed or Cursed by that 99-cent deal for the full Born This Way album.

    Yes, being one-time cheapo Indians we paid 99-cent for our album. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Smoothly downloaded into our iTunes from


    BTW, Best News of the DayStill, No Air-Conditioning for Kanimozhi. ๐Ÿ™‚

    God, if only Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanidhi Maran are also denied Air-Conditioning that would make us Doubly Happy.

    Really, Really Happy! ๐Ÿ˜†

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