First, the history bit. Without Madonna and her dancing and her charisma and chutzpa and general carrying on, that first album would have been a Stephanie Mills album. Produced by the same guy, it sounds like a Stephanie Mills album only without the vocals of one Miss Stephanie Mills.
Fast forward to today, and Lady Gaga is pulling off the same thing. What would have been a regular old Euro-disco-esque album by someone who was perhaps on at G-A-Y and everyone went to get a drink because she was ruining their buzz, has been elevated by her drama and weirdness to something people actually take, you know, seriously. It’s every lightweight artist’s dream.
Exhibit A: the new video to the single ‘Paparazzi’. Over the jump.