Posted in music | pictures on October 27, 2008

words & photos by Faith-Ann Young

Lady Gaga

A bleached-blonde, jolly, skinny (and hence nearly unrecognizable) Perez Hilton stepped on stage to Friday night (10/24) at Highline Ballroom ready to party. The bands he picked to play his party were performers who guaranteed a riotous, gossip-worthy show, from soulstress diva Sharon Jones to Yo Majesty's usually-topless, feel-good, with-attitude rap, to the catsuited were-you-a-stripper-before-you-learned-to-lip-sync? Lady Gaga. It wasn't as much about the music as it was the energy- and hence the MTV-loving crowd went wild.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings kicked it off in style and soul - (those Dap Kings are getting around these days. Members were also spotted performing on October 21st with Daniel Merriweather at Mark Ronson's Allido showcase and with the Phenomenal Handclap Band at the BV showcase that same night) belting, grooving barefoot, and inviting random chicks and drag queens onstage for a sing-along.

In between sets, the drag queens ruled the dance floor - grinding, teasing, flirting and pulling at each other's hair and fake tits.

Yo Majesty's rapper Shunda K and singer Jwl B performed with a dude in a kilt and a dude in a superman spandex ensemble while laughing, joshing and rappin' back and forth to the crowd's roars.

Next up: Semi Precious Weapons, who weave a precarious line between hard rock and fake eyelashes over heavy duty eyeliner. Lead singer Justin Tranter 'affectionately' calling everyone "you bitches" and strutting his wry frame around like a cracked out professional stripper. The rest of the band provided the perfect contrast, looking right out of AFI or some other alt-rock outfit. The overwhelming amount of eye-candy throughout the set distracted from the music, which was hard rock with lyrics like "It's not my fault I look cuter in a party dress" and "I can't pay my rent but I am fucking gorgeous." Sound bloody aweful? Musically perhaps, but if you let yourself get offended, you're taking life farrrr too seriously.

Last up, came Lady Gaga. People BATTLED for front row on this- I was nearly bitten by a teething, rabid female, who was wasted and ready to slit wrists to get to front row. The chick's got a furious fan club so if you haven't heard of her yet, listen up. A brief history: she performed in a bra onstage at Lollapalooza in 2007. Though the music was god aweful, her F*-all attitude got her signed to Interscope. They marketed her, fed her cat-suit and stripper boot addiction, got her featured in W Magazine, filtered her single "Just Dance" into all the clubs and had her perform late night at gay clubs (we will call this the Madonna-music strategy). So now-a-days, the chick's "hot" in the Britney-RIP sense: white space-suit with granny panties, a troupe of boy back-up dancers and tens of thousands of dollars in moving TV screens and superfluous stage props (a glowing crystal stick anyone?) It is unknown if she was actually singing or just lipsyncing throughout the set. The teenage mob was screaming too loud to hear.

The bottomline is Perez's party wasn't about the music. It was about fun- the patent-leather, glitter, sex-for-sale sort of fun. Which meant overall it was a success, since in the Perez world of guiltless shits and giggles, you only live once anyway, so alls well that ends in glitter and catsuits.

Fun Fact: Lady Gaga is now on tour with, and opens for, the New Kids on the Block who happen to be playing Madison Square Garden tonight (Monday, October 27) (after which LG plays a free in-store at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square). More pictures from Perez's party below...

Perez

Lady Gaga

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings...

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Yo Majesty...

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Semi Precious Weapons...

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Lady Gaga...

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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Comments (13)

does anyone remember when lady gaga was a girl named Stefanie who used to play piano and do singer-songwriter stuff at the bitter end...

Posted by mike | October 27, 2008 2:56 PM

just plain dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 3:05 PM

lady Gah Gah

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Posted by Raizza | October 27, 2008 3:12 PM

Is that true?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 3:15 PM

MIKE:

I do remember that...

She used to hang out at St. Jerome on Rivington all the time...I can't count the number of times I've done blow with her in the bathroom...She's really not cool at all

Posted by Brussel Sprout | October 27, 2008 3:27 PM

she is gross, used to see her all the time too down at jeromes with her skeevey 80s hair metal bartender boyfriend. (luke?)

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 3:35 PM

she looks pretty cool and perez says she's cool so she must be cool.

Posted by anonymous2 aka asparagus | October 27, 2008 5:25 PM

It looks like someone got out a ruler and gave her a haircut. How does this woman have any cred, honestly!

Posted by Nick | October 27, 2008 5:59 PM

The pictures are really good. Nice job Faith-Ann Young.

Posted by DJ Max Power | October 27, 2008 7:23 PM

semi precious weapons were amazing i thought. BV, these guys can really fucking play...don't you think? Anybody else seen them? Honestly, go...and pay attention to how well they play their instruments. Gaga is trash...always has been.

Posted by kris | October 27, 2008 8:03 PM

glad i missed this one. sharon jones deserves better

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 12:30 AM

What a party. Lady Gaga was there. I love her.

Posted by How To Gain Weight | December 11, 2009 5:12 AM

She used to hang out at St. Jerome on Rivington all the time...I can't count the number of times I've done blow with her in the bathroom...She's really not cool at all

Posted by play free 3d games | July 21, 2010 2:52 PM

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