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Michel Gondry Gets Gully On Lady Gaga

Because some of the crazier people amongst us are saying she's the new queen of music videos, everybody has been all over Michel Gondry to work with Lady Gaga, since he's the all-time king of music video directing. But dude isn't feeling Gaga at all:


“I’m not interested,” he tells Movie|Line. “To me, it’s like a form of Marilyn Manson. It’s hard for me to talk about it; I’ve seen a couple of videos of hers, and not for very long. I stop watching them each time because I don’t think there’s melodies…. The music to me is very expected. I don’t think there’s anything in the tone or the melody that makes me say, ‘Oh, there’s something going on.’”

Boom, in yo' face Lady Gaga. You just got dealt with. Protect Ya Neck and/or balls n' penis. Expected indeed. Yet again, Michel Gondry provides the voice of reason. Actually this is the first time.  

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"To me, it’s like a form of Marilyn Manson." He says that like it's a bad thing...

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It is.

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It's about time folks stopped treating Gaga like royalty. She's a marginal talent with a cartoonishly gaudy fashion sense. She's more of a think piece than a real artist.

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I'm so glad someone with clout has actually been reasonable about it, rather than jump on the monster-wagon.


How do you define a "real" artist?

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I think it's sort of like the difference between "real america" and "fake america"

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i have to admit that i hadn't heard lady gaga until recently and, when i did, i wasn't that impressed. it's kind of like the horrible nu-rave-thing-that-never-really-took-off has been warped and reinstated in mainstream pop. it's all inspiration and no substance, kind of like madonna...

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lol @mattyckaes. Great comment. Gaga is more entertaining than any other pop artist of her size out there, that's for sure. Her music? Meh. Gondry is a talent, but let's not forget he's done videos for Belinda Carlisle,Sheryl Crow and The Vines, among other "major talents." No need for snobbery from him.

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the guy who directed her Telephone vid used to be the drummer in the pioneering Swedish black metal band Bathory.

this is a strange world we live in.

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@tinnitus_photography I knew I recognized the name!

@Nick A "real artist" is someone talented who makes art with personality and at least some level of originality. There isn't all that much going on underneath Gaga's overblown choruses (that make up 80 percent of the substance of her songs!) and outlandish outfits. Now I'm not saying that there has to be, but it's one thing to set out to shock people. That's easy to do. Having something to say when you get their attention is what separates artists from mere performers.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/LongestWinter/moonjpg.jpg CraigJenkins

But, sadly enough, I think Belinda Carlisle and Sheryl Crow's song (s) have more to them than childish chants (thus the training bra fanbase of "gaga"). And I ain't a real fan of either! But this gaga person is just smoke and mirrors.

Actually, I think Marilyn Manson tried more at one time, and even resorted to covers to achieve some semblance of musical cred. This gaga can't do it. Leave Marilyn alone! Naw, great to see Mr Gondry is honest. New appreciation for this man. Great but long time coming observation.

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@MFB Saying Gaga's videos aren't good isn't tantamount to snobbery. That Television video is some of the worst tripe to come along in a while. If she's the most interesting thing we have in the mainstream right now, it's more of an indictment of the times than her worth.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/LongestWinter/moonjpg.jpg CraigJenkins

Gaga is the embodiment of "people get what they deserve" (originally about government,but applicable here). Look at how many responses this single topic has stirred up. She's a great figure around which to construct debates and arguments about the value and meaning of popular culture and I'm very glad she serves that purpose. In their time, many pop artists whose value is so obvious to us now (from Elvis to Michael Jackson to Madonna) were derided for many of the same reasons people give against GaGa. I'm really not a fan or staunch defender of her by any means, but the "Bad Romance" video is more interesting than Gondry's boring turd of a film "Be Kind Rewind." Nobody's perfect but I don't see where he comes off as some paragon of artistic integrity. His pockets are mostly lined by the commercials he does for corporations like Nike, Levi's and Coca-Cola.

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I'm not one to heap undue praise on Gondry. I like a lot of his recent work, but he's certainly not above reproach. I will have to disagree on your notion of artistic integrity though. Plenty of commercials double as great art. Music videos are commercials themselves. Most artists intend to sell the products they create. They'd be lying to you if they told you they didn't want as many people to be exposed to their work as possible. Maintaining one's artistic integrity isn't some battle of wits with the proverbial "man." You can have lots of money, you can do work for big corporations and still have a highly refined sense of your artistic self. Some of the more contrarian music of last century was tied to giant corporations. The Sex Pistols were on EMI, and the Clash, for all their rhetoric, shared a label with the likes of ABBA, Heart, and Boston.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/LongestWinter/moonjpg.jpg CraigJenkins

I would never argue that you have to give up one or the other, of course it's a balancing act. But I also think that GaGa has a very well-defined aesthetic and artistic mission that is quite apparent from any of her videos or bizarre interviews and missives. Gondry's comments seem flippant, and I think the comparison to Marilyn Manson he makes is telling. I don't dig Manson at all but he certainly created and continuously transformed a specific persona to great effect in his heyday. The main thrust of Gondry's argument isn't a substantive attack on GaGa's music and presentation, it basically amounts to "I don't get it" or "I don't like it" and, therefore, it's bad. Which is quite a shallow take in my opinion.

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