Lady GaGa.
When Lady Gaga was a little girl, she would
sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder
to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper hits
and get twirled in the air in daddy’s arms to
the sounds of the Rolling Stones and the
Beatles. The precocious child would dance
around the table at fancy Upper West Side
restaurants using the breadsticks as a
baton. And, she would innocently greet a
new babysitter in nothing but her birthday
suit. It’s no wonder that little girl from a
good Italian New York family, turned into
the exhibitionist, multi-talented singer-
songwriter with a flair for theatrics that she
is today: Lady Gaga, who nicked her name
from Queen’s song “Radio Gaga” and who
cites rock star girlfriends, Peggy Bundy,
and Donatella Versace as her fashion icons.
That goal might seem lofty, but consider
the artist: Gaga is the girl who at age 4
learned piano by ear. By age 13, she had
written her first piano ballad. At 14, she
played open mike nights at clubs such as
New York’s the Bitter End by night and was
teased for her quirky, eccentric style by her
Convent of the Sacred Heart School (the
Manhattan private school Nicky and Paris
Hilton attended) classmates by day. At age
17, she became was one of 20 kids in the
world to get early admission to Tisch
School of the Arts at NYU. Signed by her
20th birthday and writing songs for other
artists  before her debut album was even
released, Lady Gaga has earned the right to
reach for the sky. On The Fame, it’s as if
Gaga took two parts dance-pop, one part
electro-pop, and one part rock with a splash
of disco and burlesque. “The Fame is about
how anyone can feel famous,” she
explains. “Pop culture is art. It doesn’t
make you cool to hate pop culture, so I
embraced it and you hear it all over The
Fame. But, it’s a sharable fame. I want to
invite you all to the party. I want people to
feel a part of this lifestyle.”