In Defense of Preexisting Oddity [Imogen Heap]

So this is just a little something I was thinking about this afternoon during a drum gig.

In the past year Lady Gaga has rocketed to the top of the music charts and the forefront of the American consciousness. People hail her as an entirely new force in the industry, the most original star of our time.

Fuck that.

imogen heap grammyIn 2007, Imogen Heap appeared at the Grammy awards, nominated for Best New Artist and Best Song for a Motion Picture, in true Immi fashion.

The next day she was torn apart by the press as a fashion disaster, which I disagree with completely. Imogen is known for her eclectic style and eye for the fanciful. This dress was her in a nutshell.

No one said “Oh, she’s so original! Look at her going against the grain and doing her own thing. What an artist who is true to herself!”

She was simply fodder for fuckwits like Perez Hilton and that he-she fashion dude from the gossip magazine shows.


Flash forward to 2009. Lady Gaga appears in a suit made of Kermit the Frog dolls and is lauded for being so outspoken about her dislike of fur.

Lady-GaGa-Kermit-the-Frog BULLSHIT, AMERICA! Absolute bullshit.

For the past year, I’ve had to endure a flood of people telling me how much they love Lady Gaga for her oh-so-original and uncompromising style. I’m fucking sick of it.

This national obsession with a girl who is all persona and little vocal ability is quickly driving me to the brink of insanity. Have you heard her in a live performance? It isn’t pretty.

Have you heard Imogen in a live performance? It’s arguably even better than how she sounds on her albums, which, by the way, don’t utilize AutoTune.

This year, Imogen appeared at the Grammys in a dress that displayed Twitter messages in LED lights. It was tasteful and great to see (I caught video of it online, as I’ve kept my own boycott of the Grammys for the past 4 years or so). Now I have the fear that I’ll wake up tomorrow and hear worse shit from people whose heads are buried so far up their asses, like “Imogen is just trying to copy Gaga!!11! ROFL FTW” bullshit bullshit bullshit.

If this scenario takes place, I may have to physically hurt someone.

It’s this kind of faggotry that made me boycott the Grammys in the first place. It’s a show that gives awards based purely on record sales and has nothing to do with any real talent or ability in the industry. It’s all marketing.

And while we’re at it, let’s set the Gaga argument straight: she isn’t original or novel, she’s just fucking weird, which isn’t bad. But let’s not kid ourselves. Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Kylie Minogue; these women did it first in their own decades. And did it better.

Go fuck yourself, Haus of Gaga.


2 thoughts on “In Defense of Preexisting Oddity [Imogen Heap]

  1. Holy crap I agree, Imogen Heap was around way before Lady Gaga and she’s always been kinda cookie with an interesting style. So if anything it would be the other way around o.o.

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