Singer/Internet lightning rod Lana Del Rey’s first commercially available piece of recorded music—the “Video Games” single—has finally been released, a whole month or so after comment sections started to erupt in arguments about her “authenticity” and looks. Last night she performed the single’s A-side on Later With Jools Holland, and she seemed pretty nervous, which torpedoed the lyrics’ boy-and-world-weary stance somewhat. (The less overwrought instrumentation in this setting was a much-needed improvement from the recorded single, which seems to be trying really hard to prove that “quiet” songs can get in on the loudness war too, although the song’s still about 45 seconds too long for it to be enjoyable throughout.) Clip below.
At the very least, all those arguments about whether she’s 4 real or not should be quieted by the one-two punch of her shaky voice and this quote from a recent interview she did with Complex:
Well, it’s worked out for you.
Yeah, you’d think so, but there’s definitely a backlash to it that I’m starting to see now. But it’s fine.
Anytime I talk to someone who’s facing backlash, it’s always “Whatever” or “Haters are going to hate.”
I don’t feel that way. I’m not that cool. I feel like I want to fucking kill myself. It’s miserable.
What bothers you about the criticism?
I’m just not interested. Music is secondary to me. I wish I could go back to normal. I’m a really quiet person. I always have been. It’s hard when you see a lot of things written about you. It’s not what I had in mind.
Yeah, there’s a lot of speculation about your lips.
I can tell that’s going to be a fucking problem. I didn’t sign up to be famous, I just wanted to sing. It’s so annoying, but what am I going to do?
Oh, who am I kidding, people are still going to argue. I mean, she wears fake eyelashes, obviously that’s an affront against authenticity, right?