I refer to the Article : Fans not so Gaga over SA tour.
I can state upfront that I am not really a Gaga fan, but I don’t switch off the radio when one of her hits are playing.
I remember the good old days when the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, the Sex Pistols, Judas Priest and Twisted Sister were causing havoc in the music industry and in suburban homes throughout the world. Their shocking tacticts included Ozzy devouring a bat on stage and Alice Cooper was apparently the first Rock act to appear on stage in a dress. As South Africans we were sheltered from seeing these shows, due to sanctions.
However, we were still buying their records and adored their music and talent. This was until some guy called Rodney Seale came along and started a campaign of scare mongering around High Schools in the eighties. I must have been in matric when I discovered my mother frantically going through my LP records, threatening to destroy everything that contains “satanic” material. Obviously she had a check list of bands that were listed in Seale’s book, and when I pointed out that her Boney M collection also had to be destroyed, according to Seale, she backed of quickly.
Having teenagers in my house, I have noticed that the music they are exposed to these days, offer nothing deep, thought provoking or even listenable. It is rap, rnb or bubble – gum pop music. All manufactured somewhere in a studio in Hollywood. The Justin Biebers' and Beyonces' all have a recipe that they have to follow, and they are sweeping the teenagers along with their mindless and unoriginal “music”.
I sometimes wonder what happened to pushing the boundaries, and what happened to creativity, rebellion and discussing actual issues that matter to the world at large. To say that todays music is safe, is an understatement. They do back up their so called “hits” with raunchy videos, that obviously attract the attention of teenage boys and girls all over the planet, but they claim to remain “Virgins, Christians, Grounded and Pure”.
Suddenly we get a woman, who still in a great way exploits the bubblegum pop genre, but something about her screams teenage angst, creativity, rebellion and saying things as it is. In a weird way, I appreciate the Gaga for coming out and rattling some cages.
I am not at all convinced that the rumours and gossip around her selling her soul to the devil are true. Just as I was convinced that Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and the likes did not draw their influence from Satan all those years ago. Can anyone even tell me how you sell your soul to the devil? I tried to google it, but it seems that there are no step by step guide available anywhere!
People are quick to say, “What is this world comming to?”. “What is happening to our civilisation?” They tend to forget that centuries ago people were forced by the church to read horrible material like “Dante’s Inferno” which illustrated in the most graphic, violent and pornographic way what happens to people who do not follow the word of God. Children shivered in fear of the devil, probably going to bed with graphic images in their minds of Satan torturing naked men and woman with his pitchfork.
What about those days in Rome, where woman and children whatched in excitement how wild animals and the savages of society were battling each other to the death?
Fast Forward to world war two. Were there any morality in this sickening war? People in Europe almost celebrated the killing of the enemy, and even the jews.
Our society has always been sick and twisted. That is a fact of humanity that we cannot deny.
However, even with claims that she worships the devil, Lady Gaga’s music, as bubblegum and raunchy as it may be, do celebrate love, peace and togetherness. A far cry from humantity's haunted past and all the autrocities we have commited against our fellow human beings.