Archive for obsession

93. ‘Paparazzi’ by Lady Gaga (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 9, 2009 by G.K. Reid

Although Poker Face has all the hooks and the more immediate attractions, Paparazzi has proved itself to be quite the enduring slow-burner in my addled brain. One of my favourite things in song is when an artist not only insists that the object of their affection should love them, but when they assert that they are going to make said object do so (an excellent example of which is given in the aptly-titled I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, by The Temptations and The Supremes). It’s something that is specifically special to pop music.  It offers the only real safe space for a person to express such nigh-on psychotic obsession without restraining orders being applied for.

Gaga puts a shrewd (and of-its-time) pop culture spin on this by applying the paparazzi metaphor, which seems so simple yet works so well. And all the squelchy, jerky noises around her help create an appropriate vibe of severe mental instability. And for all that, it’s probably Gaga at her most understated.

The video, however, isn’t.


Bonus points: Best fucking actual popstar in yonks.