Friday, June 3, 2011

Is Gaga the New Madonna?

Aside from the fact that music from my high school era is now playing on the oldies station in Denver, I'm feeling really old because I don't recognize any of the "modern" music on the radio. I have to constantly ask my kids, "Who's singing this?"

I've become more acutely aware of this in the last few months. When we are in Aspen for hockey--good grief, was that February or March--they usually play music during game stoppages. As a fan, I love that. Declan says it's distracting to him.

Whatever. He's only the goalie.

Anyway, I recognized the music playing, but I never knew who it was. Someone usually clued me that it was Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, Pink, etc. And then there are other times when I don't recognize a darn thing.

It's very humbling.

But the whole thing about my question about Lady Gaga goes back to her outfits/costumes. And what about the dress of meat? Ewww! If that doesn't turn you into a vegetarian, I don't know what will. So I was wondering if her crazy outfits are any different than the antics of artists in other generations. Elton John and all of his whacky glasses. Madonna and the cones on her boobs (there's a story about Eamonn and Skylar putting cones on their chests in a UDF in Powell. I won't go into the details here. A small amount of alcohol may have been involved.). Is it just something that happens in every generation's musical lifetime?

Because I do wonder--what the heck did my parents think of Madonna? I loved her! I was a Wannabe, trying to wear my hair knotted up in the bandanna, etc. Ohhh, I thought I was so cool. And what did parents think of nut jobs like the Thompson Twins, who were neither named Thompson, nor were they even related. In fact, there were three of them. Flock of Seagulls--what's up with the hair? There are just countless examples.

My mother's favorite group when she was young was the Kingston Trio. They probably weren't too objectionable to her parents from my point of view. It probably all started with Elvis and the Beatles. Neither of which my parents were into, which I found shocking. How could you not love the Beatles?

Anyway, I'm feeling old in the music department. I probably need to download some new music (because who buys CDs anymore?) since the last time I bought anything was...well, I can't remember when. Oh wait, I bought Eamonn some Tom Jones for his birthday. But I'm thinking that won't actually bring me into the modern age.


Elizabeth said...

My Mom likes Lady Gaga!

M said...

Go to the library, burn the CD and you will have all the free music you want :) We have 33 days of music on our computer...without repeating a song...and yes, there is Tom Jones...Beatles and of course the Stones...and AC/DC because I have to run to something wild...etc etc

Anonymous said...

Just last week at the dinner table, my daughter pulled her pony tail forward and arranged the end of her hair as very long bangs, swooping from far to the side. My husband said "Flock of Seagulls?"

I laughed so hard and the rest of the kids wanted to know what was so funny. Straight to the computer and Youtube!

I am with you, Natalie. I recognize some songs and I even like a few, till I hear some of the naughty lyrics.

I don't remember too much of that from the 70s and 80s. Well, Prince. And, I loved his music!

Hope your day is great!

Bridget in Minnesota

Donetta said...

I'm with you too! I don't know any of the new stuff - although I've watched/listened to a few things in the recent past with my kids so maybe I do know a liiitle bit. ;) I'm just not that in to any of it though so I don't really try that hard either.

I have definitely heard that people think that Lady Gaga and Madonna have similarities. Madonna was definitely into a little shock value back in the day and it's very obvious Lady Gaga is too. I'm of the opinion that Lady Gaga has gone way past a little shock value though and is just plain weird! haha!