Everyone’s been ripping into Lady Gaga for copying Madonna’s Express Yourself for her song Born this Way. Lady Gaga said the chord progression was similar because she used one from disco. Which I suppose Madonna would have as well since there were grumblings of her stealing from The Staple Singers Respect Yourself. Fortunately for Madonna and unfortunately for Lady Gaga, Respect Yourself isn’t as mainstream as taking from Express Yourself. But after seeing this vid I truly wonder how many sound combinations there are to make in music. Especially since everyone from Journey to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Eyed Peas used the same four chords.
If you’ve listened to poker face I’m sure you noticed the distinctive ma, ma, ma, ma. Boney M’s song Ma Baker has this distinctive sound too. Coincidence? I don’t think so, but does ma baker have anything to do with poker face? I’m sure Ma Baker would have one mean poker face.
Anyways Boney m was big in Germany in the 70s. The disco era. The fact that it was sampled in poker face shows an appreciation for diverse music. And some of their kooky outfits match Gaga’s style.
Madonna sampled Abba’s song Gimme Gimme Gimme (A man after midnight) in Hung Up. She used a lot of disco influences in the song and video. Madonna said she had watched Saturday Night Fever over 20 times in order to perfect a wini roll (At least I think she said wini roll). I think that’s a bit much. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I plan to, so I’m not going to question her state of mind. Although this is Madonna so her state of mind is…always some where else. She’s supposed to come out with another album soon. I’m looking forward to whatever she’s coming out with. Hope it’s good. Wonder what influences she’ll use this time.