Newsom was quoted on a recent Guardian article about her thoughts on Lady Gaga:
“I’m mystified by the laziness of people looking at how she presents herself, and somehow assuming that implies there’s a high level of intelligence in the songwriting. Her approach to image is really interesting, but you listen to the music, and you just hear glow sticks. Smart outlets for musical journalism give her all this credit, like she’s the new Madonna […] Although I’m coming from a perspective of also thinking Madonna is not great at all. I’m like, fair enough: she is the new Madonna, but Madonna’s a dumb-ass!”
Who knew Newsom had that kind of venom inside of her?! Not even Joanna herself, apparently, because she quickly realized the quote was a bit much, and later sent an e-mail to The Guardian clarifying— though not taking back— her statement:
“I may have contradicted myself. My problem isn’t actually with Lady Gaga. But there’s not much in her music to distinguish it from other glossy, formulaic pop. She just happens to wear slightly weirder outfits than Britney Spears. But they’re not that weird— they’re mostly just skimpy. She’s fully marketing her body/sexuality; she’s just doing it while wearing, like, a ‘fierce’ telephone hair-hat. Her sexuality has no scuzziness, no frank raunchiness, in the way that, say, Peaches, or even Grace Jones, have— she’s Arty Spice! And, meanwhile, she seems to take herself so oddly seriously, the way she talks about her music in the third person, like she’s Brecht or something. She just makes me miss Cyndi Lauper. […] I shouldn’t have called Madonna a dumb-ass. Her music and she have just gotten so boring to me, this last decade. I think maybe she doesn’t hold her money very gracefully, the way some people can’t hold their drink. But one thing she is surely not is dumb.”
-reblogged from Towerofsleep tumblr
hmm.. I’m of the Gaga camp. Not that I find her music revolutionary, but I find her a bit of a perfect storm. All the right elements at the right time. That’s her egg. Or her cake, or what have you. She’s meant to go viral. I don’t find her antics irritating. YET. Do a bit more and it might be glaring. Do it just enough and I’ll continue to listen. and watch. and google and twitter and update and pass it on. That line might shift though. Who said the music public wasn’t fickle?
also, I think it’s a generational thing: millenials and Gen X’ers grew up in the age of EMO and indie. We just don’t understand Hubris of any kind. It’s foreign, distasteful and goes against trend. Which is exactly why it is so fascinating to watch. For me, anyway. Who had it last? Maybe Madonna. It’s a dying breed.