[lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] might be an original, but is there any chance that one of her songs isn’t? According to a Minneapolis-based artist, the Mother Monster’s hit “Telephone” has been done before!
Minnesota performing artist Brooke Aldridge isn’t a household name in her own state, much less around the world. But according to a Facebook page, Aldridge (who goes by the name [lastfm]Lolly Pop[/lastfm]) has had her material “knicked,” or stolen, by Gaga.
Let’s go to the source for the charges – from the aforementioned Facebook page:
a. [lastfm]Lolly Pop[/lastfm] fronted Electro-clash act [lastfm]TELEPHONE![/lastfm]. In 2004, releases ‘Life On Hold’, an electronic pop song employing telephone metaphors and production. … In marketing materials, promotional pictures, videos as well as on-stage, Pop appeared wrapped in telephone cords, sporting phone paraphernalia as fashion accessories and popping out of telephone booths.
b. Lady Gaga releases ‘TELEPHONE’, an electronic pop song employing telephone metaphors and production. … In marketing materials, promotional pictures, videos as well as on-stage, Gaga appears wrapped in telephone cords, sporting phone paraphernalia as fashion accessories and popping out of telephone booths.
Verdict: We downloaded the [lastfm]Lolly Pop[/lastfm] version and … no. The quasi-spoken word (it would be an insult to Minneapolis rappers like [lastfm]Atmosphere[/lastfm] and the [lastfm]Doomtree[/lastfm] crew to call it rap) does use “telephone metaphors,” but it’s not like that’s what makes Gaga’s “Telephone” so catchy and fun. And it’s not like we haven’t heard catchy pop songs about telephones before …
In fairness to Ms. Pop, there are some similarities between the two as artists. She did found the Couture Club in Minneapolis as a way of collaborating with fashion designers and integrating fashion and music – much like the Haus of Gaga. And her “Glamorous ’06” tour was billed as a “Electro-Pop-Operetta” long before the Monster’s Ball.
Artists of more notoriety than Lolly Pop have claims, too, including [lastfm]Grace Jones[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Rosin Murphy[/lastfm] of [lastfm]Moloko[/lastfm].
- Is Gaga ripping off other artists? Or is it possible for two people to have the same idea and not know it?