Yes, I am a shill, a shill for the vast numbers of fair-minded Lana fans, who find themselves besieged by a relatively small group of online Lana haters, who no matter what the news article/blogpost is, pop up with same virulent comments, without any regards to truth or fairness. I was not even aware of Lana before the SNL performance, but then was amazed by the rivers of hate that I saw being directed against this person by anonymous commentators/posters, mostly about things that seemed completely peripheral to her being a singer (using a stage name, maybe having a moderately rich father etc.). Any article about her would be followed by someone posting some outrageous comment, that would be immediately followed by other Lana haters, not dissimilar to piranhas attacking a bleeding animal in a river. But why, what would drive such hate? I also noticed another amazing phenomenon, namely that even in the midst of all this feverish Lana bashing, whenever her videos got posted on YouTube, the comments pages would immediately get filled with pages after pages of the most vicious attacks for the most ridiculous things. But at the same time the Like/Dislike ratio of all her videos remained between 95-99%. That was an epiphany because it revealed a phenomenon, as old as life itself, namely the vast majority of good, honest people do not speak up in the face of wrong. In fact it is the silence of the majority in the face of evil that has led to some of the worst outrages in history. I therefore decided to speak up on her behalf because all her fans (those buying the millions of albums, or tens of thousands of tickets) were not speaking up. I have no interest in this other than what I have described.
Just as an afterthought, I would like to apologize to Nick Degel, not sure what your feelings are about Lana (and I don’t care) but I can see your post was just expressing your opinion about the ad campaign.
That ad agency is fired! Imagine giving Lana nearly a million dollars for an ad campaign for the most important car that Jaguar ( a many multi-billion dollar global company) has released (according to their PR materials) without first checking with Nick Degel (Stereogum commentator) if the advertising was on target! More importantly she got the deal despite Ian Rayfield (Stereogum commentator) not approving of her beauty!
Wow, didn’t follow this comment board after my post. What an amazing response Scott, your intelligence and erudition just shines through (but I guess the community college degree only goes so far). Lana at least has a record that has sold over 2.7 million copies, has nearly 250 million YouTube views, has over 100 unreleased (but openly available tracks), record deals with Interscope and Polydor, both of whom have credited a portion of their stellar fiscal performance this year to her record sales, endorsement deals by Mulberry, H&M and Jaguar that are paying her millions not just for looks, but according to the people spending the money, for her music. She has by now (since February) given nearly 30 live performances that have received positive reviews (including the latest by Rolling Stone of her H&M gig in New York). The amazingly idiotic canard being perpetuated against her is her father bought her career, do you even stop to think what a completely ridiculous assertion that is? How can you buy a music career? If Paris Hilton’s father could not do it with his billions, how do you think Lana’s father pulled it off with his paltry millions? Do you think her father bought all the tickets to her sold-out shows, he bought the millions of albums to give her a hit, paid H&M and Jaguar millions to use his daughter as their spokesperson? And yet she had to struggle for 8 years playing in dinky New York clubs before anyone even heard of her. Your unvarnished hate must be driven by some deep psychological problems. Hate can blind people (think of history) but you should really make an effort to get past it, life will feel better, I promise!
The commercial will be released on Wednesday, why not wait for the whole thing before judging it? The cover of her song Blue Velvet was leaked today, and it is absolutely gorgeous. But no matter what she does, haters will always hate, because they have nothing better to do.
Being a fan of Nirvana forever (including having been at their concerts) I thought this was a beautiful interpretation of the song. I think she is just an amazing artist.
Although I would not have chosen those terms, I think what makes you seem like a “troll” is that you would use a catchy phrase “a pastiche of Nancy Sinatra vocal affectations” to slam her, knowing well (or not which makes it even worse) that there is nothing similar between Lana’s singing/songs and Nancy Sinatra. The connection to Nancy Sinatra came from Lana herself when she was comparing her looks, not her singing. In the same vein, one could consider your comments “cruel” as you would use something you knew was not true to criticize her, I guess to show your sophistication and witticism.
The album has a sweet velvety jazz quality, with sexy and sultry melodies and lyrics. The entire album has a retro sound, almost of another era but with really cool beats and some hip-hop sounds to match. There has not been anything like this for a long time, and definitely not this year, which is what I was referring to. Finally there is really no resemblance between her sound and Nancy Sinatra, neither “vocal affectations” or tone or style.
What the last one-year of Lana Del Rey has shown more than anything is the incredible hypocrisy and hate that permeates sections of American society. It also revealed the amazing shallowness and poor quality of music journalism, both from so-called mainstream magazines, as well as internet blogs. The breathless reciting of tweets from Brian Williams (a person whose only talent seems to be ability to read off a teleprompter, a job that someday a trained monkey may be able to perform), and Juliette Lewis (the doyenne of B-list movie actresses) to bash her SNL performance (including in this article) revealed the depths of lazy journalism. It seemed that somehow Lana had managed to antagonize the so-called tastemakers (Pitchfork, Stereogum, Rolling Stone etc.) who spared no effort to trash her by dragging out the most ridiculous accusations, without doing the minimum research that any 5th grader would be able to do. Oooh, she changed her name, tsk, tsk, no matter that countless others had done the same without anyone batting an eye; ooh, she is a manufactured star backed by major labels, even though her entire life since she arrived in New York (her concerts, nearly every recorded track ~80, her videos, her pictures) are all laid out and easily available for anyone to see. But once this same cabal had decided that Lana was to be destroyed, then nothing was off the table. Born To Die is without question one of the most original, fresh, amazing album, yet all the so called professional reviewers posted mean, spiteful reviews the day of the release of the album, which in hindsight makes it clear that they had not even done the minimum courtesy of listening to the album (the best example being the Rolling Stone review where 80 percent of the review of the album talks about the SNL performance). But what was most distressing was the reaction of a section of the American public that goaded by the media, unleashed a river of hate directed against a person they knew nothing about just because I guess she seemed different. I guess this is the same section of our society that joined lynch mobs, where beating someone to pulp seem a sport, no matter how unfair or unjustified it might be. If nothing else Lana Del Rey is a mirror in which to look at ourselves and decide if that is what we aspire to be.