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How good is Gaga?
As good as Madonna? Or Beyoncé? All this – and how the USA makes a mockery of the International Criminal Court.
Eamonn McCann, 08 Jun 2011
Saw Lady Gaga’s BBC Radio One show from Carlisle streamed on BBC 3. We were told she was terrifically excited, this being the first time she’d ever played Carlisle.
She was carried on in a plywood coffin from which she clumsily emerged to totter across the stage in a plastic outfit which I assume was supposed to be sexy into which she had stuffed something in the shape of a beach-ball to give the impression she was eight months pregnant. A symbol of the Earth Mother, I am told. She then performed a range of hops, skips and jumps pleasantly reminiscent of Ms. Anne Widdecombe’s jitterbug interlude on Strictly Come Hoofing. Then she started singing.
She has a fine voice, despite a tendency to squeak at unexpected moments and a tremulous uncertainty on high notes. She has some good songs. But, for a certainty, she is no Madonna, no Beyoncé.
The album, Born This Way is a credible effort, produced with bags of panache and with a couple of effective big-ambition numbers suitable for belting out by summer throngs. But The Album of the Decade? Have a titter of wit.
Low-point of the Carlisle gig came when Ms. Gaga did her best with the Milton DeLugg/Willie Stein classic ‘Orange Coloured Sky’, forever associated with supreme jazz balladeer Nat King Cole.
Listen to Cole caressing the lyric, and then the blast of brass to waken the dead from the Stan Kenton orchestra, and, tell me true, which puts the other in the ha’penny place.
Flash! Bam! Alakazam! So there’s a banker, a Sunday Independent reader and a woman on benefits at a table with 12 biscuits on it and the banker takes 11 of the biscuits and says to the Indo reader, “You’d better watch out, that scrounger has her eye on your biscuit.”
“Court must ensure Gadafy held liable for regime’s actions”, shouted the Irish Times over eight columns above an article by a Peter Cluskey commenting on the UN Security Council’s reference of Gadafy to the International Criminal Court for war crimes allegedly committed in the course of the current conflict. The indictment of Gadafy was sponsored by, among others, the US, Russia, China and Israel.