The Fame

Label
Streamline/Interscope
Release date
28 Oct 2008
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
50:25

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Just Dance 4:02 902,673
2 LoveGame 3:36 789,754
3 Paparazzi 3:28 981,989
4 Poker Face 3:58 1,282,523
5 Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) 2:55 495,251
6 Beautiful, Dirty, Rich 2:52 482,100
7 The Fame 3:42 479,128
8 Money Honey 2:50 466,378
9 Starstruck 3:37 212,454
10 Boys Boys Boys 3:21 481,382
11 Paper Gangsta 4:24 319,566
12 Brown Eyes 4:03 370,992
13 I Like It Rough 3:23 417,873
14 Summerboy 4:14 377,421

About this album

The Fame is in many ways the perfect soundtrack for 2008, a year in which celebrity culture, club culture, and fashion culture achieved absolute fusion. The album’s philosophy is summarized on its title track: “I can’t help myself / I’m addicted to a life of material / It’s some kind of joke / I’m obsessively opposed to the typical.” Lady Gaga looks to the icy, synthesized funk of the ‘80s for inspiration, and the album’s unapologetic (and unironic) celebration of consumerism is a throwback to the Reagan years. Lady Gaga has explained that the album is about “how anyone can feel famous,” and in a strange way its nihilistic obsession with fame and wealth is a compelling reaction to a crumbling American economy. Unlike similar records by Britney Spears or Katy Perry, Lady Gaga’s background as a DJ validates her songs. “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” “Money Honey,” and “Starstruck” are grounded in the hypnotic funk of classic disco. The Fame reaches for the careless hedonism of Studio 54 and while The Fame isn’t likely to be an enduring album, there’s something oddly comforting about an album that wants only to speak to the needs of the present moment.

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