Poker Face (The Remixes)
At this point Lady Gaga has gone from underground NY club kid to international pop music phenomena, and is so heavily covered that talking about her further seems like overkill. But here at Noize we believe we’re the center of everything, so just think of this as seminal text. So Gaga achieved what seemed impossible and overcame the sophomore single slump, following the enormous “Just Dance” with yet another Billboard #1 single and securing herself as an artist force instead just a flash in the pan. What struck me most was stark change in production value of the videos for “Dance” and this release. The former was kitschy, clever, hyper stylized in its low-budget-ness, and looked like it was shot on a HandiCam in 1984. The “Poker Face” video follows with smoke machines, flood lights, outdoor stages, pools and two horse-sized Great Danes. Just goes to show what record labels are willing to invest when they’re convinced an artist is going to be a cash cow. Club mixes are provided by Dave Audé and Jody Den Broeder.