Freshly released from the mother monster's oven, Gaga's new song is the subject of many a debate about its obvious Madonna "references". It seems that gone are the days when "Just Dance" and "Bad Romance" were creating a hype with their original sound and catchy hooks. References from Bowie to Queen were thrown in for a good measure, but in the past year, it appears that the only thing the lady has offered is "recycled Madonna".
And I don't just mean references here. If you saw her Grammy performance of Born This Way already, it is inevitable to spot the "Express Yourself" rip-offs. The melody, the dance moves, the lyrics, the hair....
For a moment, when I saw her incubating in that egg, I thought this would be a new incarnation of Gaga, with a new, original image that doesn't copy or in other words "reference" the most ground-breaking artist of our time. There was a great build-up to her performance which was expected to be something unseen.
Well, it wasn't. The body-modification, alien-humanoid look that we have seen in Torture Garden or even on the fashion
catwalk (Alexander McQueen was doing it when Bad Romance was still in the making) is less impressive than her earlier offerings and the continuous Madonna "borrowings" or rip-offs, as some might argue, are being tired now. When "Telephone" was aired and Gaga strutted in her underwear as an "Open Your Heart"-lookalike, it seemed sweet. It was a tribute. Then there was the rather naff "Alejandro" with its "Vogue" visuals that the kids all loved so much. Then came the numerous 90's casual Madonna looks during premiers and interviews [most notably on Larry King] and it never stopped.