Lady Gaga crashes Timberlake & Samberg’s “The Golden Rule”: brilliant?


I totally missed Saturday Night Live last night, because I’m an old fart, etc. Justin Timberlake was hosting, with Lady Gaga as the musical guest. I’ve been watching clips from last night’s show, I think the most-talked about skit will probably be Andy Samberg and JT making another classic ‘80s-style music video, like “D-ck in a Box” and “Mother Lover”. This one was called “The Golden Rule” and it featured absolutely AMAZING overalls and Lady Gaga as “the girl”.

I have to admit… my favorite part of that was Gaga. That’s a hint of the old Gaga. I mean, she looked like drunken, cracked-out hell, but she was hilarious and she sold it, beautifully. And her voice is so suited for these cheesy ‘80s songs. She was brilliant here. JT and Samberg were pretty wonderful too.

And then Gaga performed “Edge of Glory” and “Judas” and for her second performance, “Born This Way”. The egg came out again. Gaga is “hatched” this way.

I’m telling you, “Edge of Glory” is one of the better ‘80s power ballads. It totally belongs as the theme song for a Karate Kid-type film. Meanwhile, “Judas” just sucks. Hard.



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  1. launicaangelina says:

    the vid was funny! it was really nice to see her just having fun and not working hard on theatrics and projecting the “complex artist” image she has fostered.

  2. PrettyTarheel says:

    Not a fan of Judas, but I looooved the JT/Samburg/Gaga collaboration. SNL is the only time I can tolerate JT when he isn’t singing.

  3. Monie says:

    Does Justin always have to sing at the “balls in a panini press” octave?

  4. constance says:

    I was laughing… with her. Something is wrong with the world! lol

    Oh justin. When Summer comes near, will your balls finally drop?

  5. mln76 says:

    very funny I also loved JT’s opening monolougue….SNL is the only time he’s worth the fuss.

  6. Crash2GO2 says:

    Gah!! How do you get rid of that Shop ad if you accidentally trigger it?? I keep hitting it while scrolling down, and it obscures the text between the photos, and there is no ‘x’ I can see to close it. Sorry, but it’s been driving me crazy for weeks.

  7. DreamyK says:

    I wanted to like The Golden Rule, but I just didn’t find it all that.

  8. MourningTheDeathofMusic says:

    I come from the old school of thought that a singer should stand there and sing; perhaps sway a bit and do minor movements, but not dance around like an idiot with their backup dancers to the point they are sounding out of breath while trying to “sing”. Lady Gaga was just that with her Judas performance on SNL.
    People are smart enough to know that on a music video, when the the artist is flailing around while moving they’re mouth to the words, they’re really not singing. We don’t expect the same sound from a live performance that we see in that video.
    I’d rather have a quality voice and less movement than the winded noises made from trying to keep up with the choreography.

  9. monster says:

    Lady Gaga’s new album certainly isn’t the album of the decade. But initial sales will be decent, possibly due to the fact that Best Buy is giving the album away with sales of cell phones this coming week. An insider told me that this could add as much as 200,000 albums to her first-week tally.

    “One of the stipulations of the Best Buy and Lady Gaga deal is that Best Buy will count the albums they give away as actual sales. In turn, this will help Lady Gaga on Billboard’s charts. This is pure public manipulation, but good marketing if she isn’t called on it,”

  10. Trillion says:

    “Edge Of Glory” will be this generation’s “Eye of the Tiger”.

  11. Julie says:

    Gaga is overated and a sheer copycat of Maddona’s works. She is no.20000000 on my list of most influential – even Bieber or Elton have more say! Sorry for the rant but she gets my goat.

  12. Strawberrygirl says:

    This is the first time I’ve sat through SNL in a long time, but it was really funny. Gaga and JT were great. The Golden Rule skit and game show skits were the best.

  13. Lucinda Amerman says:

    I’m not one to accuse musicians of ripping off the work of other, but “Born this Way” sounds exactly like a combination of two different Madonna songs. So much so that I thought it was Madonna when I heard it on the radio.

  14. Amanda G says:

    Last night was probably the best SNL episode since Betty White hosted. Gaga’s first performance was amazing. That girl can sing! I like her better when she’s stripped down to just her and a piano. She doesn’t need all those cheesy gimmicks.

    The Golden Rule was great!

  15. Louise says:

    Gaga actually has a very good voice. It’s unfortunate that she es so much about her image and shocking people.

  16. Jane says:

    Is Edge of Glory an original song by Lady Gaga or is it a cover? Kaiser mentioned it being a great 80′s power ballad which it certainly sounds like but I’m just curious if it’s actually original. It sounds great and Lady Gaga is amazing, say what you want about how wierd she is, the lady can definitely sing her ass off.

  17. Kaiser says:

    Crash – I get the ads to “retract” by simply waving my cursor over them. Don’t click anything, just move your cursor directly over them.

  18. Strawberrygirl says:

    @Jane Gaga wrote ‘Edge of Glory’ but everyone says it sounds like an ’80s song. I love it.

  19. Dominique says:

    Those videos are paying homage to 90s (emphasis on 90s) R&B groups like Color Me Badd and H-Town.

  20. pixiegirl says:

    She killed those performances. Seriously. That woman puts everything she has into every single second.

  21. Mtn Girl says:

    @amanda – ITA (it ain’t gay if it’s a threeway – lol)

  22. HotLatino says:

    This episode got the highest ratings in 7 years.

    America and the world love Lady Gaga!
    I’ll be buying her amazing album!!!!! LOVE QUEEN GAGA!

  23. jover says:

    Fully agree mourningthedeathofmusic; and if what you say is true monster that’s one more example of what a corporate whore and clone she is – more concerned with billboard chartings partnering with a corporate entity; please, one of her fans tell me what’s dangerous, edgy, avant-garde with that; she won’t be called on it because everyone’s up her rear; also, ditch the formation dancing but when you’re songs suck bring out the circus distraction; finally, you want an amazing performance watch carlos santana perform soul sacrifice at woodstock on youtube and then take some time to read the comments (people know what real music is). That’s music with soul and feeling; Lady xerox and her music are corporate garbage plain and simple. End of rant. Btw why did she dress with her boobs hanging out in that one skit – a tacky ho pushing cheesy music to the masses. Now end of rant.

  24. futureperfect says:

    Gaga’s probably the edgiest… corporate whore. Maybe when she grows up — and is sober — she’ll see that more clearly.

  25. kasper says:

    She looks like a young Victoria Jackson. Welcome to your future sweetheart.

  26. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Helicopter d*ck LOL. Is it sad that I’ve actually seen a man do that in person?

  27. Rio says:


    *raises hand*

    I’ve always heard it called “spinning the bishop”. It’s a sight that once seen, sticks in your head much like the dog-suit room in “The Shining”. Something so amazing and yet profoundly disturbing on some primordial level that it will never, ever be forgotten.

  28. Naive question: Is she really singing live – or just lipsyncing over a live recording? It looks and sounds really believable, regardless and I really appreciate the commitment to the act, even if it does sound like a rehashed Madonna.

  29. AcesHigh says:

    Haha, I just realized that Gaga stole Madonna’s mole. Just saying. As much as I hate her, I must say, the SNL thing was kinda interesting.

  30. CeeCee says:

    Does anyone remember the movie Boomerang with Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry? Where Eddie works for the advertising company and Grace Jones is the star who launches a fragrance and the ad campaign shows this awful, primal footage with her giving birth to her fragrance at the end. Everyone was mortified watching it. This is equally as gross (and probably copied from it).

    Gaga has such a strong fantastic voice, why deter from it by spraying golden vagina juices all over the stage, honestly.

    I love JT on SNL skits!! Him and Samberg are bloody hilarious.

  31. Rasputina says:

    Gaga’s new album is sort of lame. A couple of good, freaky songs, but I kept hearing Judas’ and Edge of Glory’s tunes ALL OVER THE DAMN ALBUM. Different beat, different continuation, but those tunes were embedded in almost every damn song. Oh Gaga…. take a rest.

    I remember someone saying that David Bowie had started performing in a white shirt and black dress pants at this point of his career. Gaga should too.. you know, mature a bit.

    As for The Golden Rule, well, not everybody’s lucky enough to born somewhere where channels that show such things are available, so I’m totally admitting that my comment is offtopic.

  32. coral says:

    I really can’t get into Gaga’s music(it’s like Abba b-sides for me). BUT…and this is a big BUT…This girl has a voice, she plays piano, and she can perform and dance well.

    I just watched Britney and Rihanna look like two tired, out of breath hookers on the Billboard awards tonight. And I saw Katy Perry show less character and singing talent than a rock on American Idol the other night.

    So, in light of those eye and ear bleeding performances, Gaga really is in a whole other class from these broads. I”ll give her props for that, even if her egg crap is stupid.

  33. kasper says:

    @CeeCee I don’t disagree that this is Gaga spraying her juices, but a strong fantastic voice? Did you grow up listening to Madonna’s autotuned thin reed of a voice, because compared with anyone who can sing (ie. not Britney, not Madonna, not Goopy, no Jessica Simpson) her voice is pathetic. I would rather listen to Kermit the frog. “Rubber ducky you’re the one.”

  34. Mtn Girl says:

    @ceecee – LOL about the preggo grace bit, the perfume was called strangé (pronounced stran-jay). Can’t believe I remembered that random info ;)

  35. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @rio, glad I’m not the only one and LOL at “spinning the bishop.”

  36. Natalie says:

    loved it!!! i thought Gaga actually looked good for once…

  37. Cloe says:

    I’m surprised anyone even remembers Madonna’s old songs to compare the two singers. No future oldies from either.

  38. jessiee says:

    i don’t know what you all were watching, but it was OBVIOUS gaga was lip syncing on MY television.

  39. Kim says:

    Hilarious SNL short! Gaga doesnt appear to be lip synching in Born This Waysince she keeps running out of breath but in Juad for sure lip synching. I like her voice ok but she cant dance and Judas is just a terrible song.

  40. dannyexplosion says:

    Brilliant? Good Lord

  41. gg says:

    Spinning the bishop! hahahhah!
    How bout smoking the bishop?

    Gaga was brilliant in the skits.