.

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.

Lady Gaga
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel
July 7, 2011

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.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com