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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cyndi Lauper Pens Lady Gaga's 'Time' 100 Most Influential People Honor

Lady Gaga is placed next to President Bill Clinton on the cover of Time's 100 Most Influential People 2010 issue wearing a fireworks bra, and Cyndi Lauper wrote the essay on everyone's favorite fame monster.

Here's a bit of it:
"An artist's job is to take a snapshot — be it through words or sound, lyrics or song — that explains what it's like to be alive at that time. Lady Gaga's art captures the period we're in right now. These days, you go to a club and wonder who all these kids are. They don't seem to have jobs. How can they afford to be here? Her song 'Beautiful, Dirty, Rich' explains that scene. It's about the New York prep-school party kids she grew up with. It's where she came from. Gaga's lyrics are incredibly literary. When 'Bad Romance; starts, the music grabs your ear immediately. Then she opens with the line 'I want your ugly/ I want your disease,' and all of a sudden you're listening. Most of the stuff on the radio is not very clever, but Gaga presents her ideas in a sophisticated manner. She has an incredible pop sensibility."
Gaga did a video response to being chosen for the honor, where she talks about who she finds to be influential in her life (strangely, it isn't Ke$ha):

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