Lady Gaga's Born This Way: #7, "Government Hooker"

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#7. "Government Hooker"

 

Sounds Like: A red-light district populated by about five Gaga personalities, proffering all the beats they could scrounge up, some vague political/analytical scheisse and all the other raw material in Lady Gaga's brain.

Pros: "Government Hooker" is full of awesome, uh, hooks: the mock-operatic intro (definitely no La Scala, but no Florence Foster Jenkins either), the 8-bit "Funky Town" click track atop tense verses, the guitar stabs, the guaranteed "HOOKER!" earworm on the chorus. And that's just the first minute and a half.

Cons: There's too much of everything. Like "Judas," Gaga packs too much into "Government Hooker" for any individual segment to stand out. And some of the gimmicks actively hurt the track, like those gratuitous bleeps and the even more gratuitous Italian-language interludes (we're at #7 and we still have to harp on this?) More generally, the pop-star-as-hooker metaphor is as played-out as the Marilyn Monroe shoutout. Hey, speaking of which:

Yearbook Lyric: "Put your hands on me, John F. Kennedy. I'll make you squeal, baby, as long as you pay me."

Gaga Hashtags: Prostitution, the name "Gaga," foreign languages, bad accents, spoken word, disco.

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