Lady Gaga set her league of little monsters atwitter last month when she let slip that she’s already completed work on the full-length follow-up to her smash debut, The Fame. That disc won’t be out until next year, though, so we have yet another stopgap from the woman who’s done as much as anyone lately to keep the music industry afloat. The Remix collects 10 club-ready interpretations of tracks from The Fame and its expanded reissue, The Fame Monster; it’s a cash grab, but one that handily reminds you how much Gaga has done to push American pop back toward the dance floor.
Anyone else see Lady Gaga crowdsurf at Lollapalooza this year? Because, wowsers. I’ll admit that I’m probably not the target market here, but I do have some deep respect for the Gaga celebrity performance. It’s fascinatingly postmodern – here we have a Madonna sequel, a clone even, whose version of fame is all shot through with the kind of sexual androgyny and queer performativity that made early ‘80s superstars like Prince such fixtures.