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Bad Romance - Caro Emerald vs. Lady Gaga

Legbamel Not-Pop

For today, I'd like to show you the difference between a musician and her band performing live and someone who has a good voice but would rather sing over recordings of herself (or simply isn't brave enough to do so). That's right, I'm contrasting the darling of the Netherlands, Caro Emerald, with the darling of the club scene, Lady Gaga performing Bad Romance

It may be my preference for swing and horns talking, but I have to say that the bouncy cover that Caro Emerald and her guys perform is a whole lot more fun for me. In truth, I tried to find a live version of Bad Romance in which Lady Gaga didn't sing over the track. There was a great one from the Ellen DeGeneres show (well, the first few minutes were acoustic Gaga with piano), but the embedding had been disabled. The concert videos are uniformly Lady Gaga trying too damned hard.

While this isn't a "You Pick the Winner" episode, I would like to hear from you folks what you think of these ladies.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Deray says:

    I definitely like Caro's version better and I love the musicians dancing while playing, jajajaja.

  2. Claire says:

    I think you nailed it with the 'trying too hard' in regards to Lady Gaga.

    The other version is MUCH better! Its bouncy, fun and effortless.

    Great find!

  3. Hello! I knew about Caro's version and while I do like Lady gaga's version, I was amazed by the fun twist to Caro's version. It's really fun and swinging. Also, I love to see the actual instruments being played by the musicians while they dance hahah. She has a lovely voice!

    Have you heard Jamie's version of Please don't stop the music vs. Rihanna's? I really love his jazzy version! For me also better than Rihanna's version.

  4. timethief says:

    Caro's versions is great! It's a blast and I like it way better than Lady Ga's Ga's version.

  5. legbamel says:

    Thank you, ladies! I suspected this might be the general consensus but it's lovely to have so much feedback. I've very much been enjoying Caro Emerald's work but this one really struck a chord.

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