Well at least in the music video world.
The two newest videos from two of my most favourite pop culture icons/influences both run in the same vein. They are very similar, and not just due to the amazing dance sequences and powerhouse vocals that come to define both these ladies.
At first I loved the decadence and opulence in Lady Gaga’s video for “Judas”. I loved the India inspired elements the Gold, the Sari, the headpiece and of course the long decorated fingernails. As well, I love the sort of deep reggae vibe voice that she brings to the song, especially when she says “I’ll bring him down down, King with no crown”…very Matisyahu!
I just watched Beyonce’s latest “Who run the world (Girls) ” which takes on a sort of apartheid theme, very tribal and militaristic. Epic video with over 200 dancers (girls) being involved. Beyonce samples Major Lazer’s “Pon de floor”, and does an excellent shoulder, head and breast bird-of-Paradise-like showing of dominance dance in the beginning to the infectious “Oh eh eh eh eh eh, oh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh”.
Both videos costume design can be defined as a Grundgy Opulence, with Gaga using more leather, and Beyonce using more military styled pieces. And Beyonce goes more Haute Couture where Gaga goes more Haus of Gaga, but that’s to be expected.
The scene that made me laugh about the similarities in the video is when both women have large amounts of water being splashed on them from behind. Lady Gaga’s in a more cleansing/purifying artistic sense, and Beyonce’s in a way that screams “Don’t Fuck with Me I’m a Badass BITCH!”.
I really enjoy both songs, both videos and both artists and can’t wait until they get together again a la Telephone!
Thanks for reading,