“It’s hard to feel the rush, don’t push the dangerous…”
Pigs are flying, Hell has frozen over and Lady Gaga has made a shit video. Like, unforgivably shit. Worse than Judas, which was probably her worst video prior to this one but certainly not bad, per se. This is just…well, it’s a mess. A complete and utter mess. This is either entirely Gaga’s fault or not her fault at all – you see, the word is that Gaga had a huge falling out with the original director of this video, and would subsequently have to direct the video herself. According to Wikipedia, his idea was much, much cooler:
E! News managed to get a casting call notice for the video. The casting notice asks for a “Puerto Rican or Dominican type badass” who “must be willing to kiss Lady Gaga”, “Couture Doctors” who will wear smocks and black gloves”, a “male or female on-air reporter”, and a group of military men to hold M16 rifles.” The original concept, which included the people in the casting notice, as well as other New York City sets, such as the Brooklyn Bridge, was scrapped after Gaga’s feud with Kahn.
So, what was Gaga left with? One costume, a fire exit and a New York street. That’s about it, really. Now, I can commend Gaga for attempting to go for a much simpler concept than her previous videos. With that said, can I just emphasise how fucking boring this video is? The editing job is atrocious, the choreography is weak and roughly zero things of interest happen in the entire video. It’s so poorly thought out that one really does have to wonder why she couldn’t have just bit her lip and gone along with Kahn’s awesome concept.
One cameo of note, however, is the late, great Clarence Clemons, best known as the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. The video was his last ever, and The Edge of Glory the last thing he ever worked on. I never got a chance to pay proper tribute to Clarence, one of my favourite and most memorable musicians, so I’m doing it in the here and now and will be paying further tribute tomorrow. If only dear Clarence didn’t have to go out on such a low note…