Ever noticed that Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson have a lot in common? Yet one is currently on top of the world and her music is aired 24×7 all around the globe, and also topped the charts like no other, while Marilyn Manson is always being criticized because of his music and lyrics, image, and attitude.
So ever thought what could be THE THING that makes these artists so different in the public eye, yet at the end of the day there is so much in common between them?
It is the genre of music they play and the promotion they get. Lady Gaga writes and composes pop music, while Marilyn Manson composes and writes rock music, or better heavy/hardcore rock music. Pop music has always been mainstream music, at least for the last three decades. Though there is still something funny, since Lady Gaga does not exactly write pop music, doesn’t she?
As Mike Stock, Kylie Minogue’s song writer said, “I’ve always held out for decent pop, which to me is music that can be appreciated by all ages. The more racy stuff that you see going on nowadays is not something you could put two to ten-year-olds in front of, and you’re embarrassed if you sit there with your mum. I find that [style] almost anti-pop because it targets the 18-25 year-olds to the exclusion of everybody else.”
Manson’s lyrics talk about about the harsh reality of today’s life. Suicide, religion, social problems, drugs, and sometimes even about politics are all subjects that have been mentioned by Marilyn Manson. Funnily enough, it seems such issues are still a taboo for today’s world to discuss, even though almost every human on earth is affected in some way or the other from any of these subjects. Yet it seems parents do allow their very young kids to listen to Lady Gaga’s lyrics, which talk explicitly about sex, gay, and hardcore partying.
Is it because Lady Gaga’s music is marketed as pop while Manson’s music is labeled as rock, hence it gets less exposure? Is it possible the generic public is so blinded by what the media says?
One can also easily notice that both Manson and Gaga share almost the same “dress code” and like to portray the same kind of image.
What’s funny though is that there have been cases made that Marilyn Manson was crazy, extravagant, and provocative in his dress code and image. As a matter of fact, on March 10, 1997, a show in South California was cancelled “in response to growing public pressure by religious, civic and political leaders who criticized the group’s image.”
Let’s face the truth. Don’t you think that Lady Gaga is actually more provocative and inappropriate than Manson to the generic public? Simply launch an image search on Google, where one is presented with a large number of pictures of topless Lady Gaga, or only with a piece of tape covering her nipples, i.e. bare breasted. Ever seen the video of the song “Telephone,” where again she is featured naked? What I just mentioned is just a hint of Gaga’s image, when considering what kind of “clothes” she wears in public. Lately there was even a video of her in a fishnet on YouTube stage diving!
I am not trying to point fingers at Lady Gaga, and I’m not even saying that Manson is more righteous than Gaga or vice versa, or that people should listen to rock music instead of pop. All I want to point out and also emphasize is that I think the money hungry label owners who control the music industry and who decide who makes it to the top or not should act more responsibly.
Obviously artists like Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson should have their share of success, but I do not think such artists’ music and music videos should be marketed in the public as Lady Gaga’s music is now. As we all know, artists and their music have a huge impact on everyone, especially on the younger generations. Do you want your teen’s life only to evolve around sex, drugs, and parties? Although I love music, I think there is much more to life than that, but it seems that is just what Gaga tries to portray!