We all know Lady GaGa as the true 21st century power of pop combining art, fashion and music. To many people she seems to be a total original trendsetter (which to some degree is true). But I can't help but see a lot of her fashion choices and performances and think "I'm sure I've seen this before!"
So what is GaGa? Is she truly an innovative, original trendsetter like a lot of her "little monsters" appear to believe or is she a musician doing a 21st century spin on what has already been done before? It is true that everyone is inspired by someone, but in the present time, when looking back for inspiration and vintage nostalgia is the norm, can mainstream musicians really be original?
I thought I'd put together a blog of some of GaGa's famous moments and look where she might have drew inspiration or her ideas from.
Let me know you're thoughts in the comment section! :)
1. Lady Gaga's Applause album cover
The minute I saw the artwork recently for Lady GaGa's Applause, I instantly thought of David Bowie's Scary Monsters album from 1980! There is no denying that there are HUGE similarities!
2. GaGa painting a lightning bolt on her face.
During Lady GaGa's early career, she had a lighting bolt painted on her face on many different occasions! The lightning bolt was also featured in her video to "Just Dance". The lightning bolt on GaGa's face is almost identical to the one on Bowie's face on the cover of his iconic Aladdin Sane album!
3. GaGa's Male alter ego!
Lady GaGa has been known to play an alter ego called Jo Calderone who wears a black suit and a 50's style quiff which is cool. However, Annie Lennox did pretty much the exact the same thing back in the 1980s!
4. GaGa's pointed Bra & Hair.
You cannot deny that the obove photos are all VERY Madonna! The ponytail, the makeup the hair style and not to mention the pointed bra origionally made iconic by Madonna back in the day is almost identical! GaGa seems to borrow ideas and concepts from Madonna a lot!
5. GaGa goes Lana Del Rey!
It was not long ago that for a time GaGa swapped her paroxide blonde locks and out there makeup for long brown hair and classy makeup, very Lana!
6. Grace Jones Anyone?
The above photos show GaGa's fashion choices at various points of her career. So far, they all just scream Grace Jones! Like Madonna, Grace Jones must be another person that GaGa pulls her ideas from. The red head scarf look is absolutly identical! Don't get me started on the bunny ears!
7. GaGa's "Alejandro" Music Video
Here is a still from GaGa's Video...
Here is a still from Madonna's iconic "Vogue"
I don't know whether it is the black & white imagery, the way Gaga's video was put together or the black suit but GaGa's video for "Alejandro" and Madonna's "Vogue" show many simularities!
8. Manson Influence?
Do you think GaGa has been getting ideas from the Anti Christ Superstar that is Marilyn Manson? By the looks of these photos it appears so ...
9. GaGa the actress?
Does GaGa secretly want to be the 21st century Marilyn Monroe? Or maybe she loves to copy people called Marilyn? ...
10. One Way or Another ...
A earlier points of GaGa's career she seemed to be a fan of cute blonde hair & Ray Bans. Something that Blondie front woman Debbie Harry made iconic years earlier!
What do you think?