I never really noticed how big Lady Gaga had become until now. It just happened so quickly, so astronomically, so (insert choice of superlative)-ly, that I’m not sure I have any concept of it.
There is one benchmark, though: Everywhere I turn, I hear “Bad Romance.” Radio, orchestral, university a cappella, brass band – you name it, and it probably exists. Is there a greater indication of ubiquity and influence than all the different versions out there? I’ve no idea whether there actually are over 800 versions, but honestly, in five or ten years, I wouldn’t be surprised.
There are some good ones, especially a cappella, but I think my favourite one is this one, sung by The Other Guys, about a really famous, really recent, but hopefully not actually bad romance.