Lady Gaga's Shockingly Straight-Ahead New Clip

Her latest video "The Edge of Glory" features Clarence Clemons, a grungy street, and a dominatrix swimsuit.

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Lady Gaga goes minimalist for her latest video, jettisoning the interstellar travel, polysexual backing dancers and other High Rococo Gaga excesses. Instead, we get a dusky streetscape stage set: pink neon light, Clarence Clemons regally enthroned on a tenement stoop and enough billowing dry-ice smoke to supply a Newfoundland fog bank. Gaga struts on the rain-slicked street, dressed in what looks like a dominatrix's swimsuit. Gaga writhes on the sidewalk. Gaga undulates while Clemons solos. Gaga tries out some comically awkward stripper-pole moves on a fire escape. It's an exercise in Eighties kitsch - a love letter to Pat Benatar and Bonnie Tyler videos – which makes sense, given the song's note-perfect period bombast. But nothing . . . much . . . happens. It's Gaga's tamest video to date; it's also her bravest. For once in her life, she flirts with the edge of boring.

This story is from the July 7th, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone.

From The Archives Issue 1134: July 7, 2011