Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sheena Easton was the original Lady Gaga!

Yesterday was Sheena Easton's 52nd birthday. Which is ridiculous because she still looks younger and fresher than Miley Cyrus. Anyway, I was planning a little tribute post to celebrate the occasion and decided to write about "Telefone" - my all time Sheena favourite. Released in 1983, this synth-pop gem became the Scottish diva's 4th US top 10 hit and nabbed her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal. I love everything about it, from the sublime 80s production (courtesy of Greg Mathieson, who also delivered the goods on her previous album "A Private Heaven") to the supernaturally catchy chorus. That's not even mentioning Sheena's adorably indignant vocal. She's so pressed that her man hasn't called! Her pain is universal and a generation of gays loved her for it.

So here I was writing about my beloved idol when I started having visions of Lady Gaga. I initially assumed her Monsters had finally gone too far and made a voodoo doll in my likeness but then I had a shocking realisation. Sheena Easton is yet another victim of the fame monster's thievery. Just look at that cover. It conveys the same demented, slightly Gothic look that Gaga likes to think she coined. Then I re-watched the video and knew I was onto something. The black & white clip sends up B horror, bringing an unexpected edge to a fluffy pop song - making it an early blue print for "Born This Way". Only Sheena succeeds where Gaga falls flat. Her clip is hilarious and the bad special effects (the bat kills me) add to the fun. I love her crazy eyes at the 50 second mark and the stunning beauty rocks that lace gown with more attitude than a punk rocker. This is so far ahead of its time it's absolutely mind boggling. Everyone talks about Madonna's role in shaping Gaga - perhaps it's time to pay Sheena her due. And wish her a happy birthday while you're at it!

14 comments:

John said...

There's no denying the musical genius that is Sheena Easton. The fact that she's the only female to collaborate with Prince and retain some morsel of her own personality is a miracle in itself. Having said that, you've completely lost it.

BruDé said...

Madonna did collaborate wit Prince no ? Justify My Love ?

Mike said...

No Justify My Love was Lenny Kravtiz from memory but Madonna sang a duet with Prince on her Like A Prayer album. But unlike Sheena's stunning Price collab it wasn't very good.

And LOL at John's comment. Every knows Sheena did it first, damn you!

John said...

Yeah..."Love Song." Collaborate was the wrong word...should have used "produced."

The Prophet said...
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The Prophet said...

I love this song. Sheena is amazing, but Sugar Walls is my all time favorite from her.

The Prophet said...

This flop comment system won't let me comment as my Sasha Fierce Tiff Taeyeon.

SMH.

Even if I punch it all in it just goes in as my google account.

bomitoni said...

Sheena = <3 Have you ever heard the Spanish version by Timbiriche featuring a young Paulina Rubio? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvG2q03f0iI The sad thing is Paulina's voice sounds the same as it did when she was a little girl.

bomitoni said...

Oh and of course Lazy Gaga ripped off Sheena! I think she randomly flips through the Billboard charts from the 80s and picks someone out at random. Poor sad Caca.

Diva Incarnate said...

Never heard this - I prefer her pussy-stretching post Prince stuff. Do You is a favourite of mine - there's not a lot of tunes, but it just sounds divine! She has a great set of pipes - Scotland hates her for being a fake bitch, which makes me love her even more. A Glasgow audience famously pelted her with bottles of Irn-Bru and piss. You can't beat that.

You need to do for Sheena the posts you did for Baba Streisand.

Mike said...
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Mike said...

I don't know what's going on with Blogger. It's completely fucked at the moment. Sorry if you've tried to leave a comment but cant!

xolondon said...

I prefer Do It For Love. That is all.

Me said...

It would be easier to list the divas that the VILE CaCa hasn't ripped off...