Lady Gaga and the Grammys blew it with schmaltzy David Bowie medley
LOS ANGELES — Pick one thing and do it well.
It was great advice from your dad, and it would’ve been great for Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys, too.
Instead, Gaga went with a paint-by-numbers medley of Bowie songs, starting with “Space Oddity” — Bowie’s first single — before quickly jumping to … well, just about everything in the Bowie catalog.
Gaga wore the Ziggy Stardust makeup and mantle, and even mixed in a version of “Ziggy Stardust,” but there was something cursory about each song’s 15-second treatment. Bowie songs don’t sample well — they unfold, like great cinema, then crescendo and satisfy with their earned bombast. Read more…
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