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July 27th, 2009


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07:59 pm - Cupid Squeezed my Disco Stick
After a couple of decades of utterly ignoring the short cinema genre known as the "music video," I've started watching VH1's "Top 20 Countdown." I often find myself fast-forwarding through the videos for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's because I'm just not into that song, or not into the video. (Oh, goody, another video made mostly of concert footage. How original.) Sometimes the song's just been in the Top 20 so long I really don't feel I need to watch it again this week. "Battlefield," by Jordin Sparks, is a good video for a great song, but I don't really need to see it again for the fifth time in five weeks.

I'd heard of Lady Gaga before her video for "LoveGame" was sprayed into my eyes, but this week it landed on the #1 spot. I'm not sure what to make of that. It's a blatant, obvious, fairly tacky, lascivious and lewd video and song. It's also got some pretty clever lyrics, and a very danceable and catchy musical structure. I'm really of two minds about such lusciously lewd lyrics like "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick," and "got my ass squeezed by sexy Cupid."

Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) herself is also quite the performer. Based on what I've read (in Time magazine and other places) she's shrewd, taking advantage of what she's got not unlike how Madonna first leveraged her stage presence and a decent voice into superstardom. (If you followed the link for her video above, you know that there's 30 seconds at the beginning with ads from Microsoft and Dr Dre's headphones, for instance.)

The other tidbit about the LoveGame video that prompted me to blog about it has to do with the really good dancing in the video, both by Gaga and the backup dancers. The backup dancers are a gang of tough street thugs.

Now, my sweet babboo and I love to watch dance, especially energetic ensemble dance. We've been keeping up with "So You Think You Can Dance" (and even went to the live tour show in Tacoma last year), MTV2's "America's Best Dance Crew" (with, to my eyes, more jaw-droppingly good dancing than all the other shows I've seen put together, and the other shows have a lot of good dancing), and sampled a number of other shows as well. One characteristic that's really been obvious is that the male dancers tend to be shorter, and tend to be lean. The occasional exception (for instance, Brandon on the current "So You Think You Can Dance") really stands out.

"So where," I asked myself as soon as "LoveGame" and its gang of thugs started dancing on my TV screen, "did they find enough male dancers who are good enough to dance this and look tough enough to be convincing as street thugs?" And the answer turned out to be "Hey! You're supposed to be looking at the sexy chick dressed in white with legs up to there, not the dimly-lit background dancers wearing black on a dark background!" 'Cause when I really looked at them, they all looked so very cute in their black leather vests and hats and ripped jeans, dancing around like that.

Oh, and one last bit of interesting trivia. The winning crew for Season 3 of America's Best Dance Crew was "Quest Crew," which had some familiar faces in the mix. Dominic and Hok, eye-grabbing competitors on Season 3 of "So You Think You Can Dance," were part of the crew, although (amazingly) the other crew members were good enough to keep everybody looking very balanced.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: LoveGame

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