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Lady GaGa covers: Pomplamoose covers Telephone, Molly Lewis covers Poker Face, We the Kings cover Paparazzi, and another cover of Poker Face from Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops. (The second Poker Face link is probably NSFW.)
posted by Caduceus (91 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cartman's is better.
posted by qvantamon at 2:38 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


When I try to listen to Lady GaGa directly, I really don't care for what I hear, but for some reason I find covers of her songs fascinating.
posted by Caduceus at 2:38 PM on March 16, 2010


Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose is a great talent.
posted by Substrata at 2:46 PM on March 16, 2010 [7 favorites]


GaGa covers are a semi-regular feature on Dutch radio channel 3fm:

Caro Emerald covers Bad Romance

The Rudolfs cover Bad Romance

Stereo covers Pokerface
posted by Harry at 2:47 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


Four Lady Gaga songs plus the Eric Cartman cover are also coming to Rock Band today.
posted by kmz at 2:47 PM on March 16, 2010


Pomplamoose actually is incredibly awesome, right? It's not just that they are so beautiful and in love? Yes, I hate hipsters. No I don't feel any cognitive dissonance. Why?
posted by The Bellman at 2:47 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Lady GaGa hurts my head.
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 2:48 PM on March 16, 2010


Caduceus, she can definitely craft a pop song, perhaps her presentation just gets in the way.
posted by tommasz at 2:48 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Aw Pomplamoose.
*sigh*
posted by Plutor at 2:48 PM on March 16, 2010 [5 favorites]


Lady GaGa covers

No she doesn't.
posted by gman at 2:49 PM on March 16, 2010


I love Pomplamoose! Thanks for alerting me to this new video!
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 2:53 PM on March 16, 2010


I know it's not a hit like "Poker Face" but I am baffled (BAFFLED!) as to why Amanda Palmer did not cover "Speechless." I really couldn't watch her cover of "Poker Face" because I just kept thinking the entire time "She should be covering 'Speechless'" and then realized I was not paying any attention to her actual cover.

(Memo to Amanda Palmer: Please cover "Speechless.")

I kind of like that We the Kings cover, but I will defend "Paparazzi" always.

And for a reversal, Lady Gaga covers Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (and charmingly messes up).
posted by darksong at 2:58 PM on March 16, 2010 [5 favorites]


Let me take yet another opportunity to say that Pomplamoose and Molly Lewis (who I knew as sweetafton23 back before she was of age and thus started using her real name on the Internet) are 27 kinds of awesome.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:01 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


That Palmer cover was delightful, as are all the Dutch shenanigans.
posted by everichon at 3:05 PM on March 16, 2010


This is a total tangent, but for their recent 25th anniversary album, Helloween covered a bunch of their own songs. (Cf original). They're somewhat less in the press these days than GaGa, so perhaps I will bring about some little bit of cosmic balance.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:06 PM on March 16, 2010


To watch Palmer cover Lady Gaga is in a way to see that Palmer has been surpassed by her. Not as a songwriter, maybe, but Palmer's persona just seems less, I dunno, vital when there's someone like Gaga in the mainstream.

(I say this, by the way, as a huge Dresden Dolls fan).
posted by Bookhouse at 3:08 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


Faith No More - Poker Face
posted by cazoo at 3:09 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


That Pomplamoose cover was pretty awesome, one of their best.
posted by delmoi at 3:22 PM on March 16, 2010


oh goodness yes pomplamoose! their (free to download!) cover of mr sandman is on my ipod, as is this new lady gaga song.
posted by janepanic at 3:24 PM on March 16, 2010


another cover of Poker Face from MetaFilter's Own Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:28 PM on March 16, 2010


Bookmouse, Lady Gaga's MySpace page cites The Dresden Dolls as an influence. Since it seems like a pretty genuine list and not like "Let's just gather up a bunch of band names and stick them here," I'd say it's a safe bet she's a fan of Amanda Palmer.

And I kind of agree. I like Amanda Palmer's music, but in a lot of ways Gaga is taking a lot of those same motifs (the whole "music as theater" aesthetic, even if it's not exactly the same aesthetic) and just making it bigger and more extreme.
posted by darksong at 3:31 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


I pleased with that Mefi has been so Gaga recently.
posted by bjork24 at 3:42 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure how that happened (my inner caveman came out).

I'm pleased that Mefi has been so Gaga recently.
posted by bjork24 at 3:43 PM on March 16, 2010


Pomplamoose actually is incredibly awesome, right? It's not just that they are so beautiful and in love? Yes, I hate hipsters. No I don't feel any cognitive dissonance. Why?

Yes, they are awesome. Are they hipsters? Recent discussions of hipsters have caused me to realize that I have no concept whatsoever of what a hipster actually is (neither do many others, I suspect, but anyway), but if they're hipsters than I guess hipsters are OK with me.

I found them via a link to their cover of "Single Ladies" someone posted in a thread. From there, I found their cover of "Beat It" and I was fully in love. I paid a paltry sum for all of their original work and I love it also. I also put one cover and one original in my most recent music podcast, and I got more positive comments about them than anything else I've ever showcased in 5+ years of podcasting. If people missed them the first time, don't miss them again.

Anyway, derails seem to be my specialty lately, so I'm going to see if I can find something to say about the FPP links.
posted by rollbiz at 3:45 PM on March 16, 2010 [6 favorites]


Oh lord. I think I'm a Pomplamoose addict now.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 3:48 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cristopher Walken does Poker Face.
posted by alvarete at 3:51 PM on March 16, 2010


It's her stare. She stares straight into your soul, does a little straightening, and then leaves behind the lingering scent of lemons.
posted by bjork24 at 3:52 PM on March 16, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm beginning to think that Gaga's songs are tabula rasa upon which bands project shadows of their own ids.
posted by GuyZero at 3:57 PM on March 16, 2010 [5 favorites]


I saw a picture of her woowoo.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:57 PM on March 16, 2010


I'm a HUGE Pomplamoose fan, in part because I'm a musician myself and I love to see work that puts the process so very right there. I'm also a huge fan because their pop craftsmanship is amazing, fitted perfectly with a very listenable and well-honed singing voice.

I think they exist where the dividing line lies between hipster and supercool—there's definitely a wry, clever, hipster-y love of the alternative, except, unlike hipsters, they actually DO stuff. Hipsters consume, repackage, and snidely critique, at least in my mind, without either earnestness or depth beyond the initial joke of a thing (see The Bird & the Bee's Diamond Dave for another great example).

That said, that's just off the top of my head, and your mileage may vary.
posted by sonascope at 4:01 PM on March 16, 2010 [5 favorites]


Thank you for the Pomplamoose introduction. Wow!
posted by effugas at 4:11 PM on March 16, 2010


I'm also a huge fan because their pop craftsmanship is amazing, fitted perfectly with a very listenable and well-honed singing voice.

Yes, exactly. I'm NOT a musician but an avid consumer and purveyor of music, so my explanation might be a bit clunky, but it's her amazing voice plus the awesome Final Cut work plus the excellent instrumentation plus their ability to change a song just enough with their chord progressions (particularly during choruses) and then there's a goofy, funny, non-ironic, and yes, wry (thank you for finding the word I've been looking for) presentation on top of it all. When they're dancing and being goofy, I feel like it's making light without making fun, and above all it seems like they're having a great time doing it.
posted by rollbiz at 4:11 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Didn't we have a thread about this

This is just a workaround until gaga.metafilter.com is online.
posted by everichon at 4:12 PM on March 16, 2010 [11 favorites]


I want to like the Pomplamoose video, but her facial expression just unnerves me and now I can't unsee it when I listen to the song.
posted by desjardins at 4:12 PM on March 16, 2010


rollbiz: For me it was Mr. Sandman. Good Lord . . . I watched it over and over until someone looked into my office and told me to cut it out.


I think they exist where the dividing line lies between hipster and supercool—there's definitely a wry, clever, hipster-y love of the alternative, except, unlike hipsters, they actually DO stuff.

sonascope: You nailed it. There's an awful lot of hipster talk on MeFi and I haven't seen it put that well before. Thanks.
posted by The Bellman at 4:15 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


OK, I must be broken, but all of these are unlistenable, especially the last one.
posted by desjardins at 4:17 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not interested in where the hipster label begins or ends, but the vocalist for Pomplamoose certainly engages in a vocal style that's very of the moment, and one of which I'm not a huge fan: one that favors a flat cuteness over emotion. (See also She and Him and, far more egregiously, this recent American Idol evisceration of "I Fall to Pieces.") It's a holding oneself aloof of the material that is certainly similar to the hipster stereotype, but that word just has so much baggage.
posted by Bookhouse at 4:29 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


[...] plus the Eric Cartman cover are also coming to Rock Band today.
posted by kmz at 4:47 PM on March 16 [+] [!]


This makes me a happy person.
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 4:29 PM on March 16, 2010


The Bellman: I will revisit that soon because I think I'll like it, but I quickly read the original link to it as being a cover of "Enter Sandman", and I got so excited that I couldn't beat my disappointment at the moment.
posted by rollbiz at 4:42 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


I suspect Pomplamoose are one of those things that have a super short half-life because at first you LOVE THEM OH GOSH THEY'RE COOL but every time you encounter them subsequently you want to kill them twice as much as you did before. I'm at the 'they're still interesting and her mole remains the cutest thing in the history of things' stage but I just know that they're one moment of self-indulgence or excessive smugness away from gaining my everlasting black emnity.
posted by tigrefacile at 4:43 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


I admire Pomplamoose; they have superpowers like instrument playing and singing and arranging, shit I will never know anything about. That said, I can't watch for more than a couple of minutes because they're somehow the sonic-cultural analog of circus peanuts. GLARGH.
posted by everichon at 4:54 PM on March 16, 2010


I'm at the 'they're still interesting and her mole remains the cutest thing in the history of things' stage...

God, the MeFi hate brigade is on high lately.

There are actually some of us who saw the videos and then bought the MP3s. Unlikely we're still listening because of anybody's cute moles.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 4:55 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pomplamoose are like the Ramones for me: I like their sound, I like some of their songs, but if you tell me that they covered a song, I can pretty much imagine exactly what the song is going to sound like before I listen to it, thereby making them less interesting overall
posted by 23skidoo at 4:55 PM on March 16, 2010


Is this a good time to mention I have a total old man crush on Molly Lewis? I swear it's not a creepy sexual crush, because she's way too young, it's more of a "I wish I had a daughter that cool" or an "I wish I was that goddamn confident and talented when I was her age" sort of crush.

Plus, she did the artwork for the new Paul and Storm album.

Rock on, Molly, rock on.
posted by bondcliff at 5:02 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I still hate her. Gaga, that is. I know nothing of this Molly chick.
posted by jonmc at 5:15 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm sure you could go on at length about how she's not as authentic as the uke players who played CBGB's back in the day, but please don't.
posted by bondcliff at 5:24 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


Pomplamoose can't be hipsters right? Right??? etc.

Ya'll sound like conservative America did when Ellen came out. Get some fucking perspective. Musicians wear tight pants. Deal with it.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:28 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I can't get behind GaGa's music myself, I've tried and tried but I just can't do it. I'm convinced it's only the music, because the first time I saw the "Bad Romance" video was without sound and I really liked it. It was the sound that ruined it for me.

jonmc, you should know something of "this Molly chick". Watch some of her videos and maybe let us know what you think? Professed ignorance as a comment kind of sucks, usually.
posted by rollbiz at 5:33 PM on March 16, 2010


Cartman

Daughtry

Weezer (MGMT's Kids and Gaga's Poker Face in one song.)
posted by zarq at 5:37 PM on March 16, 2010 [4 favorites]


rollbiz, I only added the 'molly chick' to make it clear I was hating on Gaga, not her. And quite frankly, I don't care really.
posted by jonmc at 5:37 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


And Molly Lewis' version is fantastic. :)
posted by zarq at 5:37 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


And quite frankly, I don't care really.

Well, I for one am glad you dropped by to let us know that you hate Lady Gaga and don't care about the contents of the FPP.
posted by rollbiz at 5:39 PM on March 16, 2010


I'm a giver. Please, somebody needs to address the level of fawning that goes on everytime that Gaga farts.
posted by jonmc at 5:40 PM on March 16, 2010


ow, come on, still talking about marketing, sorry, Lady Gag(a)

listen up and watch this: Nature Boy
posted by Substrata at 5:43 PM on March 16, 2010


LEAVE GAGA'S EFFLATUS ALONE!
posted by everichon at 5:44 PM on March 16, 2010


I want that hat Lady Gaga is wearing in the Coldplay cover video.
posted by immlass at 5:44 PM on March 16, 2010


Please, somebody needs to address the level of fawning that goes on everytime that Gaga farts.

You're so brave.
posted by rollbiz at 5:46 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


Please. Thre are TWELVE posts tagged with the name of this talentless annoying woman. I don't even want to hear about things I like that often. Enough already. But I guess we're only allowed to say nice things about the poor little popstar. My bad.
posted by jonmc at 5:51 PM on March 16, 2010


But I guess we're only allowed to say nice things about the poor little popstar.

You know a lot about music, so surely you know enough to know that covers of bad artists can be quite good. What would have been really awesome is if you had actually checked out the contents of the post, seen that none of them actually contain Lady Gaga herself, and had something to say about that.

But hey, don't let me stand in your way while you tell us (again) how little you care about something. I just wanted make sure that we were clear about what you're doing, and what you're missing.
posted by rollbiz at 5:56 PM on March 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


and had something to say about that them.
posted by rollbiz at 5:58 PM on March 16, 2010


Gaga-post moratorium in full swing. Party on.
posted by ovvl at 5:58 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


No, rollbiz, I guess what I failed to articulate is the simple statement: ENOUGH ALREADY! 12 posts aboout some silly popstar is too fucking much.
posted by jonmc at 5:58 PM on March 16, 2010


Unless it's Mark E Smith.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:07 PM on March 16, 2010


When they're dancing and being goofy, I feel like it's making light without making fun, and above all it seems like they're having a great time doing it.

They are joyfully music-ing. I wish more musicians would remember what it's all about, and that music is a verb, not a noun.
posted by LooseFilter at 6:07 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


If I ever make an FPP it will be about Lady Gaga and I will dedicate it to jonmc.
posted by Green With You at 6:20 PM on March 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


jonmc, if its bugging you that much take it to the grey.

I on the other hand, enjoyed this little collection, especially the Gaga cover of Viva La Vida (thanks darksong!). It impresses me that she can actually sing and play her own instruments, a fucking miracle when the bar for pop is so low. No autotune, no backing band, just a lady and a piano.
posted by Jilder at 6:38 PM on March 16, 2010


Flag it and move on, jonmc, or take it to MeTa. Not really adding much by way of substance to the thread.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 6:39 PM on March 16, 2010


(Talking Lady Gaga and Amanda Palmer again? Palmer's own thoughts on the subject)
posted by hippugeek at 6:53 PM on March 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


jonmc: No, rollbiz, I guess what I failed to articulate is the simple statement: ENOUGH ALREADY! 12 posts aboout some silly popstar is too fucking much.

Enough already with the enough alreadys.
posted by joedan at 7:03 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pomplamoose are awesome. Yeah Yeah Yeah by Jack Conte predates them but is also great.
posted by waraw at 7:18 PM on March 16, 2010


Oh I fucking love lady gaga. best of the web indeed.
posted by thescientificmethhead at 7:24 PM on March 16, 2010


I've clicked through every single GaGa cover link in this thread (LOVE YOU METAFILTER). And I agree that each cover has charm in its own way, and is probably really delightful for fans of the band doing the cover.

And I'm not going to try and assert that Cartman's cover is the best. What could such a phrase possibly mean?

But I will say this: it's the only one that makes me BOTH giggle uncontrollably AND start doing a little dance at my desk.
posted by ErikaB at 8:41 PM on March 16, 2010


To watch Palmer cover Lady Gaga is in a way to see that Palmer has been surpassed by her. Not as a songwriter, maybe, but Palmer's persona just seems less, I dunno, vital when there's someone like Gaga in the mainstream.

(I say this, by the way, as a huge Dresden Dolls fan).


Me too, and I think you have a point. Still, Palmer shows what she can do in that video by declaiming a pomo deconstruction of Gaga, whereas Gaga's existence herself is something of a discarding of the need for Derrida or Barthes. Hell, their videos really sucked by comparison.

I also almost wept when watching that the first time as she dewigged the dancers. In a way what Gaga hasn't yet done is humanize herself. I believe she's capable of it, and there are glimpses of that in her evolving songwriting, but her early music is very much trying to hit a generic pop sweet spot. I have no surprise that jonmc has so much contempt for her (his rude, repetitive showing of it is another matter), but "Bad Romance" and "Speechless", even "Paparazzi" and "Poker Face" are great songs, whereas things like "Beautiful Dirty Rich" or "Telephone" border on junk food IYAM.

But both Palmer and Gaga seem to have similar impulses -- Gaga has said she speaks to the fans who feel like freaks -- and I think that's where they overlap somewhat. Where they diverge is in the plastic, trashy consumerism in which Gaga immerses herself, and the deliberate, empowering humanism which Palmer uses as her medium of choice.
posted by dhartung at 10:44 PM on March 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


Pomplamoose's covers are great and everything, but can't that singer switch off her permanent, eyes glazed, oh-so-nonchalant facial expression for just five seconds? It's excruciating to watch.
posted by creeky at 1:07 AM on March 17, 2010


There's something massively Eurovision-Song-Contest-esque about Gaga.
posted by Ritchie at 3:43 AM on March 17, 2010


I met Jack Conte briefly at a show and I gave him one of my CDs. He was very friendly and he later left some nice comments on my MySpace ("I've listened to it a couple of times, it's KILLER!"). I am in favor of his increasing fortunes.

(The only thing I have against him is he keeps making me buy Electro-Harmonix pedals)
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:38 AM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I personally can't stand Lady Gaga's music (no snark intended - it's just not my kind of thing), but You Me At Six's cover of Poker Face is much better than the original, and one of my favourite covers of the moment.
posted by robzster1977 at 5:31 AM on March 17, 2010


Pomplamoose's covers are great and everything, but can't that singer switch off her permanent, eyes glazed, oh-so-nonchalant facial expression for just five seconds? It's excruciating to watch.

It's a little distracting, sure. It's like she's trying to use her eyes to beam protein strings directly into the listener's frontal lobes.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:07 AM on March 17, 2010


So the flat-voiced staring girl and her hyperactive boyfriend are talented, I guess, if you're into that affected cutesy pie whole-foods muzak vibe. The second girl was cute and funny, if a little light in the vocal skills department. And the stoners with the bongo seem to know what they're doing even if it's not anything terribly original.

And then, Amanda Palmer - that was the most god-awful talentless karaoke nonsense I have heard in a long time. Seriously, she seems cool, she's awesome in interview, I want to like her, but that was absolute unmitigated crap. Was she just fooling around or are all of her live performances that terrible?
posted by Wroksie at 11:36 AM on March 17, 2010


So does everyone know Lady Gaga has said Poker Face is about her thinking about her girlfriend while she was having sex with her boyfriend? I am more and more fascinated by this woman. She can really sing and play, her music could not be catchier, her lyrics are fun and smart, and I don't think we've seen someone this savvy about performance since Madonna. I enjoyed the links quite a bit, and I enjoy the real thing too.
posted by onlyconnect at 1:36 PM on March 17, 2010


Yes, I hate hipsters. No I don't feel any cognitive dissonance. Why?

Because there are no hipsters in Corte Madera.

..if you're into that affected cutesy pie whole-foods muzak vibe.
Jack and Natalie played live for the first time ever at a showcase concert I threw together. A couple drove 3 hours from Reno to see them play for a mere 30 minutes.

You, sir, have greatly misjudged the people's desire to see cutesy pie whole-foods muzak vibes and I sentence you to once year of Paste Magazine. I hope you've learned your lesson.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:53 PM on March 17, 2010


You, sir, have greatly misjudged the people's desire to see cutesy pie whole-foods muzak vibes and I sentence you to one year of Paste Magazine. I hope you've learned your lesson.

Since I'm a ma'am (Wroksie=Roxie, see?) , I hope I get out of my punishment on a technicality.

Seriously though, I bought Paste magazine once in an airport having never heard of it before and while I can't remember a word of any article it contained, I was impressed by the high-quality paper. It smelled nice.
posted by Wroksie at 2:22 PM on March 17, 2010


I can't remember a word of any article it contained...
Its for folks who drop band names but couldn't be bother to see a local show.

It smelled nice.
Its the smell of accordions and self-imposed obscurity.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 3:10 PM on March 17, 2010


Anyone else get the feeling all of metafilter is a bunch hipsters denying that they are hipsters?

Embrace yourselves, people. No need to hide anymore.
posted by thisperon at 3:41 PM on March 17, 2010


Her singing style may not be my cup of tea, but I can't argue with the instrumentation of Pomplamoose.
posted by ersatz at 4:21 PM on March 17, 2010


"Look, the only way we ever get a big contract is if you keep on flashing those big soulful eyes on YouTube and some music biz exec gets a hard on for you!"
posted by Mid at 8:42 PM on March 17, 2010


"Look, the only way we ever get a big contract is if you keep on flashing those big soulful eyes on YouTube and some music biz exec gets a hard on for you!"

Jack is a music producer, and I assure you they do this for creative outlet and fun. they have no desire for a contract.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 9:02 PM on March 17, 2010


Just found this: Molly Lewis also covered Bad Romance in a live performance .

Also, there's footage on Youtube of her playing her banjo/ukulele in an acoustic performance with Felicia Day and others from The Guild of "Do You Want To Date My Avatar" at w00tstock last fall. (One cute Gaga-esque moment at 0:45.) Original of that song is here.
posted by zarq at 10:36 PM on March 19, 2010


Lady Gaga / Telephone - Chatroulette version
posted by zarq at 8:23 PM on March 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


zarq - awesome, that should be here.
posted by Mid at 4:27 PM on March 27, 2010


Or here.
posted by Mid at 4:34 PM on March 27, 2010


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