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The Question of Authenticity and Lana Del Rey

The Question of Authenticity and Lana Del Rey
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By Brigette Adair Herron

Lana Del Rey (formerly Lizzy Grant) has become a searchable name following this year’s release of her 7” featuring the songs ‘Video Games’ and ‘Blue Jeans’.

I find the story of Lana Del Rey fascinating, but probably not for any of the reasons you would expect. It’s a story about an artist who may be receiving too much attention, too soon. Everyone is talking about how everyone is talking about Lana Del Rey, which makes one expect that she will disappear as quickly as she was conjured up. Of course, not before receiving a healthy dose of backlash. Children can be so cruel, you know.

Questions about authenticity appear whenever she is mentioned. Questions like, “Is she really an independent artist?” “Can she really sing?” “Does she really write her own songs?” “Does she really edit her own videos?” “Is she a fabrication of Interscope Records?” Even, “Are her lips real?”

ARE HER LIPS REAL?

I can’t think of a more uninteresting topic of conversation. Especially when there is something much more interesting, and perhaps more pressing, to talk about. You see, while most people are using their mental facilities to ponder what percent of Lana Del Rey’s lips are filled with botulinum toxin, and wrestling over whether or not it is OK to like her now that she has signed to a major label, they completely overlook what is actually interesting about LDR. Her song ‘Video Games’ is a dark song — a creepy as fuck song — about being controlled, and about the nihilism of the young and bored in modern-day America where everyone has their own celebrity surrogate — someone they can watch to feel better about themselves — a person they hold in their minds at night as they whisper, “At least, I’m not as bad as her” while rocking back and forth trying to fall asleep. If you don’t believe me watch this video. And yes, Lana Del Rey edited this herself.

It’s as beautiful a collage about American celebrity culture as you can get. And at the same time it conjures images of 100,000 middle class homes where the female of the species rests quietly, maybe just drunk, in a haze of marijuana smoke watching quietly as one or more males play video games. The snapshots of this microcosm and macrocosm reveal that the same issues of power and control form the basis of each, and have the same depressing results. Unfulfilled desires, expectations to behave and misbehave in the appropriate contexts, and desperation for acceptance and love. This is real life for many young women around the world. And the song deserves to be heard by thousands of young women who can relate to the nihilism, the self-hatred and the struggle against darkness represented in this song. Let us hope it serves as a warning.

This type of female voice, expressing these worries, these contradictions, simply does not exist anywhere else in popular music right now. The first thing I noticed about ‘Video Games’ was the lyrics.

Swinging in the backyard
Pull up in your fast car
Whistling my name 

The power relationship between the female voice and male love interest are established in the first two lines of the song. She is “swinging in the backyard”, the activity of a child, implying that she is clinging to remnants of her own childhood innocence. He pulls up in a fast car, whistling her name, meaning that he chooses her, not the other way around.

Open up a beer
And you say get over here
And play a video game 

His command to “get over here”, follows right after she begins drinking.

I’m in his favorite sundress
Watching me get undressed
Take that body downtown 

I say you the bestest
Lean in for a big kiss
Put his favorite perfume on 

She is dressed in what he wants her to wear, or what she believes will please him. He is the spectator and every action is performed for his benefit. There is nothing revealed about the desires of the narrator, other than her desire to please, although it is apparent nothing is being returned. He takes “that body downtown”. Her body. She is no longer a person, just a vessel, or an interchangeable accessory. She gives support, and awaits her reward, “lean in for a big kiss”.

Go play a video game

It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you
Tell me all the things you want to do
I heard that you like the bad girls
Honey, is that true?
It’s better than I ever even knew
They say that the world was built for two
Only worth living if somebody is loving you
Baby now you do 

The cycle continues as she reveals all of the things she must do to get his attention — to keep his love in a life that is “only worth living if somebody is loving you”.

Singing in the old bars
Swinging with the old stars
Living for the fame 

Kissing in the blue dark
Playing pool and wild darts
Video games 

He holds me in his big arms
Drunk and I am seeing stars
This is all I think of 

Watching all our friends fall
In and out of Old Paul’s
This is my idea of fun
Playing video games 

The image of playing a video game could be a metaphor about how he controls her every action. It embodies the detached feeling that follows a party lifestyle and mirrors the disintegrating line between reality and reality TV.  This isn’t a love song. This is a song about being controlled.

And all they can chatter about is “Are her lips real?”

I hope LDR gets so rich she can afford to change her face every month. Her fluctuating identity will allow her to terrorize NYC, flipping over cars and pissing on the doorsteps of anyone who asked the question, “Are your lips real?” with no legal repercussions. Soon, her identities will become so interchangeable that people will begin to suspect that every new artist, female or otherwise is actually Lana Del Rey inhabiting her most recent disguise.

Of course, there is a slight hitch in my fantasy. Lana Del Rey doesn’t yet have the confidence to flip the world of pop music on its head. In fact, I am worried about LDR. In an interview with complex.com, responding to a question about how she responds to negative comments and criticism she said, “I’m not that cool. I feel like I want to fucking kill myself. It’s miserable.” Then responding to a question about her music videos she remarked, “It’s not like the videos are that good. I’d rather them not be up, but whatever. They’re fucking weird. It’s not like I wanted the videos to look that way; it’s just what I was working with at the time. I’m not sure it’s a perfect representation of what I would have chosen if I’d had more money (laughs).”

It’s even more disturbing to watch video of her giving this interview after winning Next Big Thing at the 2011 Q Awards. Her posture, the way she blinks and lowers her eyes when answering a question, the self-deprecation. For True’s sake I think she almost starts crying at 1:30!

Listen, there are a few points we can be sure of regarding Lana Del Rey. She is sarcastic, and aware. She has a unique voice. She shows the potential to present an original perspective in her song writing. She makes good videos … and she comes across as completely terrified of being dragged through the hype machine. Which, when you think about it, seems completely reasonable.

But if the voice in ‘Video Games’ really belongs to Lana Del Rey and not a fictional character, then it makes perfect sense that she has wound up in another abusive relationship, one where she will be controlled instead of loved; by signing a deal with a major record label.

And if Lana Del Rey ever starts reading what people are saying about her, I hope she reads the following piece of advice. Anger is an energy.

And that goes for you too. Every time someone makes a personal attack, or tells you that you aren’t good enough, or makes you feel like you are crazy, just remember that you deserve to be free and that no one has the right to rob you of your dignity. If only Lana Del Rey could channel the anger, the terror, the desperation that is so close to bubbling out of her mock-Old Hollywood costume and her self-conscious Joan Crawford hunch. We could use a little less Lana Turner and a little more Barbara Stanwyck here. Why does every live performance consist of LDR shuffling awkwardly and looking as pathetic as a half-drowned kitten?

If she would only lose her cool.

If she would only move her feet.

Just think of what she could do.

Eh, who am I kidding. I’m sure her new album will be terrible.

Related posts:
two discussions around the notion of ‘authenticity’ in pop music
Everything Is Plastic – The Corrupting Ideal of Authenticity In Music

46 Responses to The Question of Authenticity and Lana Del Rey

  1. sleevienicks November 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    well i hope she reads this part too. this crap sucks. now maybe she’ll write a song about it.

  2. Joseph Kyle November 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I think she’s a well-packaged product, as this interview leads me to think.

  3. sleevienicks November 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    after reading that link not only is she a well packaged product she might have even been vacuum sealed.

  4. moker November 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    A well polished product or the genuine, neurotic article, who cares? It’s good music. End of conversation. Kinda.

  5. Princess Stomper November 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    It’s pretty obvious what her problem is: rather than whingeing about her bloke playing the games, she should be playing them herself:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG4oLZR3Qx8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k43doeOP0A8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYY4cIMD1G8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bsiaHggwD0

    Just ask yourself: what would Shepard do? It’s pretty hard to be as pathetic as a half-drowned kitten when you’ve already saved the world three times before breakfast.

  6. Scott November 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

    So you guys think when she said, “I’m not that cool. I feel like I want to fucking kill myself. It’s miserable,” it was only because here label/management taught her to speak like that? Interesting.

    And you think that her label/management groomed her into being an uncomfortable/terrible live performer? Also interesting.

  7. Tamsin Chapman November 14, 2011 at 3:44 am

    This article is fantastic, thanks Brigette. And the whole authenticity thing, not that it matters anyway who wrote the song – but I didn’t think major labels even had any money these days to ‘groom’ artists? If the only money is in touring, it’s a bit of a fail if she’s a shit live performer. Some marketing muppet has probably already started work on Del Rey Blue Jeans though.

    Also interesting that the only time the word ‘grooming’ is used anywhere apart from hair product adverts and pet shops – is to talk about record labels or paedophiles.

  8. Joseph Kyle November 14, 2011 at 5:01 am

    As someone who witnessed Cat Power doing the exact same mental breakdown-same words, same time in the set–on two consecutive nights…it happens.

  9. Chester Whelks November 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    ‘I’m gonna tell you the way it is
    And I’m not gonna be kind or easy
    Your whole attitude stinks, I say
    And the life you lead is completely empty

    You paint your head
    Your mind is dead
    You don’t even know what I just said
    That’s you: (American) Womanhood!’

    — The Mothers of Invention: ‘Harry, You’re A Beast’

    I’m sick of you women. Finished with you. I tried, really I did. After the initial rush of hormones saw me frantically masturbating all over my teenage belly, into socks, behind wardrobes, stale loaves of bread – when the fuzzy bosom of orgasm would subside – I’d be left looking into the stapled face of some centrefold, and left to wonder about HER.

    Someone’s daughter… Someone’s Mum?

    There’s truth to the old wive’s tale that wanking will make you go blind. In a sense it can, if you make a hobby of it. In my case, it made me see, and set me free.

    People’s attacks on LDR’s appearance aren’t out of spite, and I’m sick of women defending her. The attacks on that cocksucer-pucker are all about her perpetuating The Beauty Myth (Naomi Wolf, you might want to read it, though by the sounds of this article you’ve got less estrogen in your body than I have, and it’d make little-to-no sense to you.

    I’ve seen people say ‘It doesn’t matter what she looks like, it’s what’s underneath that counts’ without a HINT of fucking irony. IF THAT WERE TRUE, LIZZY WOULDN’T LOOK LIKE SHE’S BEEN MAKING OUT WITH A WASP’S NEST, WOULD SHE?!

    She is both Betty Elms, frigging herself senseless and sore on a grubby couch, and Camilla “THIS IS THE GIRL” Rhodes – instrument of shady agents.

    I wish her the best. I hope (if she’s as genuine as the ringlet-fingering doe-eyed, sensitive girl she APPEARS to be in interviews) she finds success on her own terms, it’s just a shame she had to to take it in the arse like so many other women to get there.

    It’s not empowering, its prostitution.

  10. Princess Stomper November 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I once heard that Humphrey Bogart’s career didn’t take off until he was approaching middle age because he was “too much of a pretty boy” in his youth. Leonardo DiCaprio had a similar problem in his 20s – people just didn’t really take him seriously, even though his teen roles had been highly acclaimed.

    This is gonna come as a real big shock to you, but almost none of those creepy 40 year-old housewives think that Taylor Lautner can act particularly well. It’s almost like he was being objectified – judged and talked about purely on the basis of those washboard abs he spends hours every day trying to maintain.

    Not that I can judge – well, creepy Twilight Moms I can, a bit – but I still exchange smirks with a colleague when the delivery lad arrives with the mail, all bulging biceps and helpfulness. He’s someone’s son, someone’s brother, probably someone’s husband, too – and you know what? I just don’t care. I’m not going to sleep with the guy, but it beats looking at the grey cube wall.

    This is my latest video game character, from the hot new title Skyrim. You can customise almost every aspect of your character’s appearance. Notice how this one has full, sensuous, heavily-painted lips. Notice the thick eyeliner to draw your attention to her eyes. The jewels around her neck. The tumbling golden locks. And the thing sticking out of her back, next to the quiver of arrows: that’s the handle of the axe she just used to kill the dragon and save the village from attack. She’d tell you to man the fuck up, and tell LDR to woman the fuck up, and then she’d run off to wrestle that bear that looked at her funny.

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  12. Bob November 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Interesting.
    I don’t know whether I’m being naive, but maybe she just isn’t that comfortable with all this sudden attention?
    It all seems to have been forced upon her suddenly, and perhaps she should of known what she was letting herself in for, but still.
    Sadly, these days, everybody is judged by their appearance.
    Hopefully she’ll learn to deal with it all because she’s a fantastic singer.
    She could so easily be around for years.

  13. Lucy Cage November 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I don’t think Mr Whelks has much of an idea how sexism works in a society… either that or he’s just being attention-seeking. Either way, pfft.

  14. Chester Whelks November 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    My Skrim character is a called Etherea Saros. She’s a gorgeous, if sort-of demure creature. She’s my girlfriend’s creation. But we both brought her-up to be the sweet (Level) Seventeen she currently is. But she’s a fat bitch. Well, actually she’s as maximum-fat as the character can-be using the almost limitless character customisation-feature you mentioned. Which is what looks like a size 10 (I know, I know, a wilderness jogging, Dragon Slaying adventurer is never going to be a total heifer, but it still stinks. And lets face it, once she’s traversed the length and breadth of the map she’s going to be on horseback or fast-travelling everywhere anyway, amirite?).

    Hey wait a minute – maybe they can factor-in eating and weight loss into The Elder Scrolls VI? Oh, wait, no they couldn’t possibly do that because Anorexia and Bulimia are such problems for young girls bombarded with images of stick-thin bitches, shaking their vajazzled flaps on the MTV-Video Games…

    Hey, maybe ProAna can teach me a thing-or-two about “how sexism works in a society”? Oh, no, wait a minute – it’s a destructive delusion of power and control isn’t it? Completely different!

    Seriously, did you use an Axe to kill a Dragon? Come off it, you’d have to run around like a Bunny, and even with that Dragon-Shout that makes you rush forward – you’re never going to get close enough to engage it at close quarters. That’s not the limitations of your gender, just the shortcoming of your artistic license in using that example to put me in my place.

    (See how this talkback has turned into a conversation about Video Games? The irony is delicious!)

  15. Princess Stomper November 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Seriously, did you use an Axe to kill a Dragon? Come off it, you’d have to run around like a Bunny, and even with that Dragon-Shout that makes you rush forward – you’re never going to get close enough to engage it at close quarters. That’s not the limitations of your gender, just the shortcoming of your artistic license in using that example to put me in my place.

    My companion Lydia knocked off about 40% of the dragon’s health with a bow and arrow, the dragon landed, and I finished it off with the axe.

    I can’t see much irony in discussing video games in a conversation in which I had originally posited that if LDR had played video games rather than complaining about them, she might develop a sort of confidence-by-proxy from role-playing.

    But then, while I’m now a veteran dragon-slayer, I haven’t developed any strategies to deal with trolls.

  16. Chester Whelks November 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Not much of a rebuttle.

    Maybe get a companion to snipe 40% of it off for you, and try and finish me off.

    MEN WIN AGAIN, EVERYBODY!

  17. Wallace Wylie November 17, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I’m thinking only morons use a quote from overrated parody artist Frank Zappa to make their point. I remember reading Mayo Thompson saying that Zappa was like a court jester who wasn’t happy with his jester status, and wanted everybody to think he was a genius. Very true.

  18. Chester Whelks November 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

    ‘Parody artist’? I think the word your limited vocabulary is clamouring desperately for is ‘satirist’. Vocabulary attacks aside, your intellect must be suitably Herculean to dismiss the man’s vast catalog encompassing pop-culture skewering ditties and modem classical composition., which you have of course consumed and dissected meticulously.

    What was that clown thinking testifying before the senate, taking on the PMRC, writing songs about Televangelists and the Military Industrial Complex’s designs on Middle Eastern Real Estate in the early 80s when he should have just written a string-swamped maudlin song about a girl in a sundress realising she’s thick for hankering after a vest-wearing, beer drinking, video-game zombie toss-pot?

    Fucking hack.

    “I’m remembering reading someone else’s opinion and passing it off as my own…someone named after a condiment no-less”.

  19. Everett True November 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Personally, I think Wallace is being too kind on Zappa. Absolute horseshit. Even Elton John wrote a couple of decent songs.

  20. Wallace Wylie November 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Yeah, Zappa is a fucking hack. And a parody artist.

  21. Chester Whelks November 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Everett, Wallace, while your ‘This sucks/that rock’s’ bombshells are appreciated (especially you Wallace, that ‘Yeah Zappa’s a hack’ over Everett’s shoulder was as devastating repartee and as classy as the bully’s weasely henchman smiling wide-eyed over his shoulder), I’m not sure this is the place for it, you see: I was QUOTING Frank Zappa (a figure unarguably as influential a political figure in 20th Century Rock music as Bill Hicks was to comedy – something Kurt Cobain acknowledged by dedicating ‘Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam’, to him on their December ’93 dates) in furtherance of some discourse on this cognitive dissonance that passes as 21st Century feminism, specifically surrounding the phenomenom-nom-nom of the male pornographic fantasy made-flesh that is Miss Histamine Kiss 2011 – Lana Del Rey (you might want to refer to the top of the page to get up-to-speed fellas. Maybe even read my comments before interjecting with your scintillating Beavis & Butthead musical-conclusions?).

    While it’s adorable and fascinating to hear you monosyllabically dismiss as prodigous and proflific a talent as Zappa (a man revered in popular as well as classical music circles), while likening him to a roly-poly cokehead who CO-WROTE his best material, I’m afraid this is really neither the time nor the place.

    I was making a very well backed-up and articulate argument if you’d care to do your job and weigh-in on the topic, instead of cackhandedly dismissing me on a technicality? Everett, surely as humongous a canon of work as Frank’s contains at least as many good songs as the couple Reg wrote, I mean, it’s a statistical & mathematical fact, just the same as the good bands-to-population ratio of Australia?

    So, if no one has any objections I’ll summarise…

    We’re all someone’s daughter, we’re all someone’s son.

    Come on Everett, you’re the voice, try and understand it.
    Make a noise, and make it clear.

    (See how shit it is when someone brings an irrelevant reference to what I assumed was an adult discussion? )

  22. Everett True November 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Is this appreciation for the turdswallop of Frank Zappa an American thing, Chester, like grooving out to Dave Matthews and Toad The Wet Sprocket? Because I sure as fuck don’t get it.

    Frank Zappa = Bill Hicks, hey?
    You’re welcome to both of them, frankly.

    Kurt Cobain dedicated songs to me as well, but that sure as fuck don’t make me an unarguably influential figure in 20th Century Rock Music (or even criticism). Or does it? Wait a second … is there something you all haven’t been telling me?

  23. Chester Whelks November 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

    “Objection, relevence?”

    “OVERRULED!”

    Sorry ladies, you’ll have to remain in servitude. At least til the boys finish talking about music.

    I simply used that Zappa quote because: ‘This type of –male voice, expressing these worries, these contradictions, simply does not exist anywhere else in popular music right now’.

    The American thing? You know, I’m not sure…maybe it has something to do with them having been the leaders of the free world my entire life, and it now seeming like the Twilight’s last gleaming for them based on certain truths those aforementioned gentlemen tried to illustrate to a docile populace during their worthless, cancer-blighted lives. Bill should have just done a Penis Leary and cashed-in his credibility chips to the first comer, and Frank should have teamed up with ‘Weird’ Al and taken wink-wink F.M. friendly pot-shots at the stars. What an irrepressible duo of highly amusing scamps they would have been…

    Even if you don’t like their style or find them amusing, don’t dismiss them just for the sake of seeming edgy or cool. I know your serotonin is up because you’re now ensconced in a technicolour ecosystem that is flourishing wonderfully all around you BUT DON’T GET SOFT, TRUE!

    No, I’m not American – I’m from Manchester. Simlar sized ego, but with an equally inflated sense of cynicism.

    (I think Everett secretly agrees with me, but doesn’t want to upset all the young girl groups he fluffs-up, which is why we’re enmeshed in this absurd diversionary technique of slating his opponents heroes.)

    I’m thinking Kurt knew what he was doing when he repeatedly dedicated THAT song, to THAT recently deceased figure. Keep thinking, I’m sure you’ll figure it out eventually.

    Meanwhile, my Bulimic sister who wears a £25 Sonic Youth T-Shirt from Topshop & thinks Lana Del Rey is amazing…what am I going to tell her?

    Here goes…

    “Hey sis! Lana? Hey, she sounds pretty cool and looks super-sexy while she does it, who gives a fuck if she means it or not? Lap it up, zero calories”

    Nah, can’t do it, sorry.

  24. Wallace Wylie November 18, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Oh Chester. I saw you comment with your casual misogyny, and your “I’m just telling it like it is” bravado, all non-PC and proud, and I knew you liked getting under peoples skin. So I just thought I’d take a pot shot at that arsehole Zappa and watch you, ahem, freak out. And you did. Oh, you have a point? Nice one. I think this article had a point too, which is that Lana is as much a victim as your sister. Would you be upset if people called her a cock-sucking, attention grabbing whore?

  25. Wallace Wylie November 18, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Lana Del Ray represents a problem for feminism because she glamourises body images that harm young girls. Unlike Bill Hicks, who glamourised smoking which harms more people than all eating disorders combined. That’s cool though. Bill was being rebellious and a free spirit by choosing to inhale life destroying toxins. It’s romantic, see. Plus you can’t tell him what he does with his body. Same thing when alcoholism is romanticised by males, even though alcoholism destroys bodies, minds, families, etc. That’s cool and bad-ass and romantic, not pathetic and weak-willed. Has nobody read the rules of discourse? Women with body issues are pathetic dupes without the strength to fight societal trends which are unhealthy and destroying them, while men who smoke and drink are bad-ass rebels. Whoop-de-do.

  26. Daniel November 18, 2011 at 2:40 am

    @Princess

    “I can’t see much irony in discussing video games in a conversation in which I had originally posited that if LDR had played video games rather than complaining about them, she might develop a sort of confidence-by-proxy from role-playing.”

    I concurr. She could own the LDR role AND improvise. The interview is, after all, just another kind of performance. As for troll strategies, the prescription is always fire, fire and more fire.

  27. sheila November 18, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Oh, Chester? I smell a wolf, not a Naomi. Misogynists often wear the sheep’s clothing of feminism.

    So to be a liberated woman (whom you’d never suspect of sucking cock), she should pretend to never feel insecure about her body, her love life, giving her heart away to the wrong person? Maybe she should avoid lipstick. Hey, just to be sure, drape a veil, girl, because your sexuality is a fat A here in the indie music arena. Cred points don’t go to female artists who are quiveringly sexual and fragile, even if she seems almost courageous for laying herself so bare (reminiscent of Beth Gibbons), ’cause you just know the wolves will devour her for revealing the weakness we all feel inside.

    I’m a woman. I make music. I’m sure most who know me regard me as a strong (though, I’m not always), independent (though, I’m in a relationship with a man and we do have oral sex, which is awesome), and free (who really is?) woman, and I love Lana Del Rey’s music because it’s honest and honestly portrays something about the female experience, and other stuff too.

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  29. bevo November 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    why dont you tell her?

    I just did, posted a link to this article on her facebook page and it got deleted immediately. Then I posted a quote from this article, the nicest I could find, and got banned.

  30. bevo November 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    oh, and before anybody goes to post this article an her facebook page…. was this sentence really necessary:

    Why does every live performance consist of LDR shuffling awkwardly and looking as pathetic as a half-drowned kitten?

    You know Liz can not deal with such, she will only see that sentence and nothing else.

    as a side note: Hope Sandoval was awkward too and she made it into a message.

  31. Ben Green November 23, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Wait, what do people not like about that interview with Lana Del Rey linked above? I find it has the same proportions of “true”/put-on, intriguing/off-putting as her songs and videos. Which is a proportion I’m liking so far. Genuinely interested, cheers.

    Also, the Guardian article that references this CB article… link pls?

    I only discovered this song yesterday and today it seems every second person I meet/thing I read has some connection to it. Probably because I keep listening to it so much.

  32. Everett True November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Also, the Guardian article that references this CB article… link pls?

    Dude, there’s this tool on the Internet called Google. It ain’t as wonderful as it’s cracked up to be – you can never find what you don’t know – but it’s pretty good for stuff like this. Try the keywords lana del rey the guardian … bam! Pretty neat, huh?

    Joking apart, the reason I didn’t link back was because I actually thought Brigette’s article was superior in every respect, and it seemed superfluous.

  33. Ben G November 24, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Pff, I just read three of the Guardian pieces that Google threw up for me. They could really streamline that publication, all of the articles said the same thing in slightly different words. Didn’t find a reference to CB, sick of it now.

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  35. Dan N November 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Great article. Wish I hadn’t read the comments though.

  36. Truthbringer December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    http://godisinthetvzine.co.uk/index.php/2011/11/23/the-double-edge-sword-of-being-a-blog-buzz-artist/ Parody artist or not it’s a bloody good listen

  37. Mateo December 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Nice article. But if we’re questioning authenticity then can’t we discount most of musical history going back to bands like The Who to the Sex Pistols to the present. At the end of the day does it matter.
    Saw here choosing her favourite songs here http://www.thebeatjuice.com/top-10s/view/881/1/lana-del-rey-top-eleven and like to think they’re actually her own choices but who knows!

  38. Niall December 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Am I the only one who gets Lana Del Ray and Imelda May mixed up?

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  40. Golightly January 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    She has the best voice on music tv right now out of everyone. All the crap you’re all talking is irrelevant. The woman performs with naivety. Naive women attract controlling nasty types. It all adds up. The only thing that doesn’t add up is that you lot are talking about feminism and her looks. You lot have issues big time. Open your ears to the most beautiful voice and great production you’ll be hearing for a while. Or fuck off and listen to some crap generic music that ticks all your political and hipster boxes. I know what I’ll be doing.

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  42. Bartosz BIniek March 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    “And that goes for you too. Every time someone makes a personal attack, or tells you that you aren’t good enough, or makes you feel like you are crazy, just remember that you deserve to be free and that no one has the right to rob you of your dignity.”

    I would like to thank you for that words. I think I’m going to start to fight with my environment pressure after reading this fragment.

  43. Jean March 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

    “Her song ‘Video Games’ is a dark song — a creepy as fuck song — about being controlled, and about the nihilism of the young and bored in modern-day America where everyone has their own celebrity surrogate — someone they can watch to feel better about themselves — a person they hold in their minds at night as they whisper, “At least, I’m not as bad as her” while rocking back and forth trying to fall asleep. If you don’t believe me watch this video. And yes, Lana Del Rey edited this herself.”

    The video is urban outfitters, toss, and the song isn’t dark or creepy as fuck, it sounds more like it “wants to b e that way”. It does have a Stepford vibe, maybe that’s the “dark” aspect ? It’s like Doris Day on downers . . . . which I don’t find particularly entertaining or interesting. It just makes me want to tell her to shut the fuck up, everytime she opens her mouth.

  44. Jean March 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    “She’d tell you to man the fuck up, and tell LDR to woman the fuck up, and then she’d run off to wrestle that bear that looked at her funny.”

    Is that a joke ?

    Horrid Hot Topic art, in the vein of Avatar and, whatshisname, Flavio, oh, Fabio

    http://bloggingbiblically.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/fabio.jpg

    ugh *weirded out*

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