Monday, June 20, 2011

Music Video: Wax Audio "I'm in Love With Judas Priest" (Lady Gaga / Judas Priest)

I'm on the verge of taking back everything nice I ever said about Lady Gaga -- I loved "Bad Romance" (and still do, pretty much), and I don't hate "Telephone" (but I don't love it either), but all the singles since then1 have been . . . well, I sort of feel like she's both trying too hard and like she's not trying hard enough. Like, she's working very hard to be shocking without actually doing anything, y'know, shocking. I mean, this is 2011: it's not enough anymore to go onstage, feign masturbation with a crucifix and call it a day: you have to put in some effort.2

Also. "Judas" particularly annoyed me, because it was not only too long by half,3 it was sort of deliberately harsh-sounding, and it's constructed almost identically to "Bad Romance."4 Plus there's the usual hodgepodge of religious references that don't add up to anything coherent, as last seen in "Alejandro" and "Born This Way," which, again, Madonna got there first.

She can't really be out of ideas already, can she?5

Anyway. So I was sort of surprised that I like this mash-up, because Judas Priest has most of these same problems, but it actually kind of works for me, because it smooths over the lurchiness of "Judas" and makes "Painkiller" (the Judas Priest song) a little bit poppier. Plus I think the whole "I'm in love with Judas (PRIEST!), Judas" bit is a clever bit of editing. Doesn't really make me like either original song any more than I did, and I'm not saying this is the pinnacle of artistic achievement in our time, but this mashup sort of takes the piss out of both songs, so I approve of the combination. If that makes any sense.


1 ("Alejandro," "Born This Way," "Judas," "The Edge of Glory")
2 To the best of my knowledge, Gaga hasn't even done that much: Madonna did, not quite twenty years ago. I will grant Gaga some shock points for the meat dress she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards, but that was last September.
3 It sort of sounds to me like she took the bridges from five or six different songs and threw them all together without even trying to make them flow naturally into one another.
4 The "oooh oooh oooh I'm in love with Judas" is an awful lot like the "whoa-oh-oh-oh-ooooooh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh, caught in a bad romance;" the "Judah, Judah-ah-ah" at the beginning is more or less interchangeable with "Rah rah, ah-ah-ah, Rama, rama-ma, Gaga, oh-la-la." I don't mind some nonsense syllables in my pop music, but Gaga could branch out, try some other vowels.
The actual melody of the chorus isn't the same as with "Bad Romance," but they're similar enough that when I get one song stuck in my head now, it flows back and forth to the other one -- it's like "I'm just a holy fool / Oh baby, he's so cruel / But I'm still in love with Judas, baby / whoa-oh-oh-oh-ooooooh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh, caught in a bad romance," lather rinse repeat.
5 (Feel free to use the comments to tell me how you never liked her in the first place, 'cause I know some of you must be dying to.)


victimofchanges said...

I knew it was only a matter of time before you'd somehow work Rob Halford into this blog in all of his flaming glory, though this mash-up leaves me indifferent to both songs involved. Painkiller is by all means a more musically accomplished song (album of same name) than Judas/Born this Way but the camp factor of both artitsts/groups is what latched onto their partifular fanbases...I haven't read the Youtube comments section of the video though I can imagine the vain hostility some just have the need to perpetuate.

grumblebunny said...

I love this, not only because it works musically, but because it restores la Gaga's (only temporarily misplaced, I hope) sense of humor.

Jenn said...

Now I'm craving a little Sisters of Mercy....

...hmmmm... INCOMING...!