La Stefani En Rose: Is Lady Gaga The Edith Piaf Of America's Disenfranchised?

Back in February Lady Gaga had this to say to Vogue about the song "Americano," which is going to appear on her increasingly imminent album Born This Way: "[It's] a big mariachi techno-house record, where I am singing about immigration law and gay marriage and all sorts of things that have to do with disenfranchised communities in America. It sounds like a pop record, but when I sing it, I see Edith Piaf in a spotlight with an old microphone." Well, thanks to the omnipresence of personal-recording devices, you can listen to the song while seeing a spotlight create a pale blob against a very dark background--Gaga performed the song last night during a rain-drenched show in Guadalajara, and multiple copies of it have already made their way to YouTube. It's certainly stormy, with a flouncy-sounding middle bit that inspired the audience to clap along, and it has lyrics in both English and Spanish that include the presumably-required-for-this-album reference to Jesus Christ. (They also sound a lot less clunky than the words to "Born This Way," thankfully.) Clip after the jump.

Doing a Google Image Search on Gaga is such an instructive trip down memory lane. Remember when she just wanted to paint David Bowie bolts on her face and sing about being confused by how she'd turned her shirt inside-out? We were all so innocent back then.

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