Who is spontaneous and courageous enough to wear a meat dress, a bubble outfit or a pink glitter suit? Some may call her the Madonna of this generation and some may call her crazy, but she is no other than Lady Gaga herself. Lady Gaga is an intriguing artist that continually makes an attempt to redefine herself through her music and her look. Her songs have unique, eclectic elements to them and her wardrobe is completely original and almost unfathomable. Warren Zanes’ article “Too Much Mead” seeks to define authenticity in bands and their fans and can help us better understand why the spontaneous nature of Lady Gaga has entranced Americans of all ages and genders.
Lady Gaga could have possibly achieved all her fame and glory because of her spontaneous nature; she surprises people and people loved to be surprised. Zanes writes that, “in its classical form, authenticity is associated with at least a degree of spontaneity.” What he means by this is that to reach authenticity you cannot be plain and never stand out. You have to be somewhat random and open minded to be authentic. Lady Gaga goes about and beyond when it comes to being spontaneous. For instance, we see this spontaneity when listening to her music. She juxtaposes lyrics and inserts words that do not seem to fit or belong and yet it create a catchy melody that you can dance to. In her 2009 hit single “Bad Romance”, Lady Gaga sings stanzas filled with gibberish such as “Rah rah” and “Ga ga oh la la” and this song became very famous worldwide. This is again probably due to the reason that it again surprised people because it came out of nowhere. Although some may argue that doing so makes her seem intellectually challenged, most share in the idea that she creates authenticity through spontaneity.
She pushes boundaries not only through her lyrics but also through her music. It is a combination of so many different genres and decades and it happens to work well together.