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21 January 2010 @ 12:18 pm
Lady Gaga = American Visual Kei?  
This has been driving me insane.
I don't know where else to put it. I need it on some kind of blog.
Lady Gaga has created American Visual Kei, but in her own weird-ass way.

Yes, Visual Kei is harder, more gothic and bloody, french-y and has pretty men behind it, but Gaga has brought us that explosion of performance artist meets singer with bad fashion sense (most of the time).

Come on, the video for "Paparazzi" isn't as crazy as Mizer's "Illuminati", but you get the comparison. Both were done for dramatic effect (ON CRUTCHES, REALLY?) and I'm not sure about early visual kei, but I know that, in particular, she had to fight to find a director willing to go with her half naked dancing on crutches because she was thrown off a balcony. In "Illuminati", it's insinuated that one of the band members has sex with a dead girl and another is cutting himself.
Though on different 'crazy' meters, the comparison is there. Will it catch on to others? Probably not. Everyone thinks she's a loon, but my question is - does she know that she's Americanizing something the Japanese created almost 20 years ago?
 
 
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