The Spinners

The Spinners Spotlight: ♪ Bad Romance (Lady Gaga, 2009) ♪

In Pop, The Spinners Spotlight, Track Reviews on April 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

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Lady Gaga is no longer reaching out. She is now the one being reached. Single after single, performance after performance, video after video, eyes are on her, and she loves those eyes on her, gleaming or not.

For this summer issue, The Spinners are ganging up on her last released single of 2009, “Bad Romance”. Let’s hear their love and hate:

. . . has that hypnotic quality that becomes mind-numbing after a while, leading you to the delusion: this is so bad, it’s actually good. – Andrea Nicola (2)

Another song to be turned into an acoustic version with a slower tempoed LSS. – Antoinette Jadaone (3.5)

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah, Gaga ooh la la. Say what you want about Lady Gaga, she’s a virus that infects. Love it or hate it, there’s just no cure and it looks like she’s here to stay. – Ayn Marie Dimaya (4)

“I want your ugly, I want your disease, I want your everything as long as it’s free . . .” Her words, like daggers, don’t quite survive the way the reverse-engineered Eurokitsch-by-numbers hooks on parade on this one tries a little too hard, lumbering clumsily where something like, say, “Paparazzi”, hurtled nimbly like a Parkour runner. “Just Dance” had hordes more attack. And, really, La Roux. – Dodo Dayao (3)

Lady Gaga is a media-driven provocateur, thus it is impossible to truly appreciate Gaga through her music alone. “Bad Romance” is not just the song—it is the dance, the video, the fashion, the pastiche. Love, disease, everything “free”—ooh la la, I want it all. – Edgar Allan Paule (5)

No sticky sweet melodrama. It’s simple and straight to the point. She wants him. Damn the consequences. “Bad Romance” feels like taking a headlong dive into disaster while winking at your friends. – Faye Balanon (4)

I wish I could have a bad romance like Lady Gaga’s. If it’s going to be a jaunty, cantankerous ride like this track she sings and gyrates to, then I want to be in a relationship with the same douchebag this was written for. The downside is, the song does not stick as much as her previous ones, so maybe the relationship will also have a short shelf life. – Frances Mae Ramos (3)

Twenty years from now, people will remember this song for its witty lyrics and Lady Gaga’s crazy costumes, not to mention those scary Alexander McQueen shoes. – Janina Vistan (2.5)

Memorably tacky. It’s like another Britney Spears hit with more glitters and wigs. – Juno Barbra Streisand (2)

Gather some twigs. Start a bonfire. Don a tribal outfit. Dance yonder. Rah rah, ra rah rah… Um bah, um bah yaah . . . – Julius Maraya (2)

People ask, what is it about Lady Gaga? Catchy electronica? Brilliant lyrics? Repeated syllables? I say: God, you guys, all of the above. Full disclosure: I’ve loved her since “Just Dance”. She has me twirled helplessly around her Disco Stick. Yeah, she and I could write a bad romance. – Kate Pedroso (5)

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear “Bad Romance” is what Lady Gaga would wear now that Alexander McQueen is dead. I’m her fan but the song is a bit forgettable. – KZ Otarra (2)

“Bad Romance” takes off in the same vein of her previous bests, and tops them where they merely satisfy. It’s catchier than “Poker Face” and indeed darker than “Paparazzi”. With the irresistible “Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah / Roma-roma-ma / Gaga, ooh-la-la”, she solidifies the return of hardcore unadulterated pop; and with her offbeat lyrics and indulgent vocal stylings, Lady Gaga proves that it need not be generic. – Leo Ray Valencia (4.5)

They say this song wasn’t written for a lover; it was Lady Gaga’s ode to the music industry. But it doesn’t matter: this is the epic anthem of the desperado, with its sappy, dripping-with-despair lyrics and contradictory danceable melody. Because when you’re that desperate, you explode in a song and dance number in McQueen and hope for the best. – Megan Diño (4.5)

The song per se is not so bad. It reverberates with some hellish energy that keeps its nonsense afloat despite its obviousness. What’s wrong is how its listeners, from the innocent children who desperately gyrate to its maddening rhythm to the more mature ones who populate Youtube with various corny versions, MTVs, and other monstrosities, imbibe the Lady Gaga philosophy to disastrous effect. LSS has never been this catastrophic. – Oggs Cruz (3)

Partly because it is the lone noteworthy single in her new album and partly because here, Lady Gaga invokes RuPaul, with one of the song’s bridges actually borrowing a line and melody from the infamous tranny’s last hit “Cover Girl (Put the Bass in your Walk)”. – Oliver Ortega (4)

How much of Lady Gaga’s 15 minutes of fame has she used up already? Putting all her efforts into sounding like a sexy pop diva reminiscent of Madonna in the 80’s, she ends up sounding more like present-day Madonna: musically irrelevant, stale, and very forgettable. – Rex Baylon (1)

Five minutes is all it takes for Lady Gaga to build two blasting choruses, to write verses that allude to the bad romances in Hitchcock’s films, to pay homage to Madonna, to lick the French, to let herself bleed, and to make herself matter. Stanza after stanza, chorus after chorus, threat after threat, she bludgeons every bit of the ordinary, skins her prey, and wears the past decade’s pop crown with only Beyoncé to defy her, promising only what can’t be promised, standing out amid the outstanding. – Richard Bolisay (5)

Catchy, annoyingly catchy. Simple lyrics, not-so-tricky-dance moves, trendy costume and a timely singer—perfect amalgam of an annoying pop song.  But to be fair with her, Gaga can sing way better than Katy Perry or The Pussycat Dolls, especially during live acts. – RM Topacio-Aplaon (.5)

“Bad Romance” reminds me of the 80’s, with the memories it brings of MJ’s famous vid and the insanity of Lady Gaga’s 80’s-inspired vocalizations. Here we see Lady Gaga the masochist preferring excitement to eventual heartbreak. The song is catchy, yes, and the video brims with fashion stylings, although the choreography and the set seem an imperfect fit, with their aspirations to look and feel avant-garde. “Bad Romance” is a staple among people who just have to help themselves with loud and distracting pop music, especially with a kind of love that is not usually good for the health. – Romina Mislang (2)

Donna Summer gone National Geographic, Lady Gaga pounces and screeches for a lover’s revenge in a thick jungle of 70’s diva disco. And I’m quite entangled. Now, I can properly sashay into my own bad bromances. – Thor Balanon (4)

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