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Favorite Song 2011: Round 1: Lady Gaga “You and I” vs. Tune-Yards “Bizness”

Posted by teibs On December - 15 - 2011

@ZackTeibloom Oh, boy. It’s Lady Gaga time. Somehow, Andy still has the veil over his eyes and hasn’t seen that Lady Gaga is crap. Sorry to offend any Gaga fans, I’m glad she makes you feel better about yourself, but I do not get it at all. Andy will tell you she’s catchy, talented and strange and throw out a “what’s good is good” argument and go so far as to say it’s great. He’ll even mention how he was convinced, when he went to the American Idol taping … in person. I’m embarrassed for him. The fact that Bill Simmons was there too doesn’t do much to help his cause. Simmons quotes “The Wiggles” on the reg. Brian May is the only good thing this song has going for it.

I gave Gaga a chance once, and it was the worst headlining show I have ever seen at a festival. It made me sick to my stomach. On the other side, we have Tune-Yards and their beautiful, odd, insightful vocal work that sounds incredible on record, and is even more wonderful live. I’ve seen both. One feels like a new, authentic twist on indie pop. One is a homeless woman’s Madonna that appeals to insecure tweens. Take your pick. Oh, and The Drums snuck out a win over Foo Fighters by one vote. Boosh.

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Lady Gaga is one of the biggest stars on the planet for a reason. Not only are her hits as catchy as anything else out there, but she is legitimately talented. She may also be the strangest person on the planet, but what great artist isn’t a little touched. I have never been all that concerned or so elitist that I wouldn’t listen to someone based on their mega popularity. What’s good is good. My friends, “You and I” isn’t just good. It’s great. I saw her live at the American Idol finale performing “Edge of Glory.” The song was so catchy that I couldn’t get it out of my head weeks later. It wasn’t just me. Even Bill Simmons, who was also at the finale, tweeted three weeks later something along the lines that repeatedly banging his head against something didn’t get the song out of his head either. As much as that song grabbed me, “You and I” did even more so. It’s not the typical Gaga club banger or dance party. It’s a well crafted song, recorded with Queen great Brian May. It has some country undertones and moments of piano that almost makes it feel like you could hear it in some dimly lit club with a jazz singer crooning it. And then there’s Brian May’s guitar work…which speaks for itself. All its pieces add up to make it one of the best songs of 2011. -Andy S.

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The band I’m supporting spells their name “tUnE-YarDs.” That kills me. It’s like a god-damn 6th grader’s MySpace page. This is the last time I’ll write out that eye-sore. Other than that, everything about Tune-Yards is more enjoyable than Lady Gaga. This wasn’t even my first choice for a Tune-Yards song. I’m a “Gangsta” man, but the fluttering up and down of “Bizness” with the soaring vocals over the xylophone-esque ooh-oh-ooh-oh-ooh-oh’s is so cool. The horns. The layered vocals. This song is just fun and explosive and everything Gaga is not. Don’t let me down, dear readers.

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  1. Caitlin Said,

    I’d like to take this opportunity (sorry to butt in, Crashers!) to make an argument for tUnE-yArDs. I think what tUnE-yArDs are doing musically is legitimately boundary-pushing and unique. Not that they’re the first or only artists to be making creative stuff that is simultaneously gorgeous and weird, but that they are taking risks in their music. They do things that make them happy, and if it’s a flop, it’s a flop.

    Lady Gaga is no more weird or boundary-pushing than Katy Perry (who is a disgrace to womanhood, what with her self-objectification). I would argue Gaga is equally self-objectifying, even if under the guise of making herself uglier. I super support *her* support of the LGBTQ community, because that’s awesome. But we should all be on that bandwagon now, and that alone does not inventiveness make. She’s wearing outlandish things, but listen to her songs. They’re as run-of-the-mill as they come. She makes a catchy pop song, sure, but her songs have started to sound exactly the same over and over again. It’s already been said, but her like-for-like ripoff of Madonna is to the point where it should be embarrassing for her. I don’t care what the woman wears – that’s a part of the package of an entertainer, for sure, but hell, tUnEyArDs’ Merrill Garbus (that’s her *actual* weird name, people. She didn’t need to invent some self-important pseudonym) wears weird asymmetrical shit all the time, too. The real risk is in the music, and I think tUnE-yArDs’ risks pay off in songs that you’ll still be excited about in years.

    Posted on December 15th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

  2. Rob Said,

    This contest is not about what the artist wear or what they stand for. It’s about the songs. I dig the voice-synth stuff, but my god is that dude’s voice annoying as shit. Less than a minute in and I had to turn it off out of fear that my ears might start bleeding.

    I have never gone out of my way to listen to a Lady Gaga song and I probably won’t ever, but there is no denying that her songs are well-crafted and mostly catchy.

    Posted on December 15th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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