Roisin Murphy Knows That Lady GaGa’s Imitation Is In Fact Flattery

Yesterday the news went around that Irish dance innovator Roisin Murphy had called out the steamroller that is Lady GaGa for ripping off her style, and the speaking-up was cheered, as the similarities between the two performers’ looks had been a point of contention for a while among connoisseurs of really good pop music. As it turned out, though, Murphy was in fact the victim of another game of Press Telephone, and issued a statement yesterday entitled “STOP PRESS! WHEN SHOULDER PADS CLASH!!” It read, in part, “I respect Lady Gaga’s work as an artist and as a fellow fashion icon. She is a very talented performer, playing the piano, singing live and dancing too. I Don’t Care about Shoulder pads!” Of course, Murphy’s lack of being bothered didn’t stop a member of Oh No They Didn’t from putting together a matrix of Roisin and GaGa similarities. And, well… it’s very striking, to say the least.


So, can we say that Gaga : Roisin :: Perez : Popjustice? Because as an analogy, it works on multiple levels.

[Roisin Murphy; HT Arjan]
Roisin Murphy – Overpowered [YouTube]
Roisin Murphy: Lady Gaga stole my look! [IrishCentral]
[Roisin/GaGa matrix via ONTD]

  • Lola

    Are you serious?! You’ve never Heard of Roisin Murphy?! How about Moloko? If not you’ve been living with your head in the sand. If you’ve not had the joy of this music in your life you’re missing out. Get some Roisin/Molok into your life. The Time Is Now!

    Gaga is inspired by Roisin, Madonna, Bowie, Grace Jones etc and each one of them would have been inspired by someone before them, just as we will now see a generation of others inspired by Gaga. There is nothing truly original anymore, everyone and everything is inspired by something that went before. It’s not really worth losing your cool over. If Roisin’s not bothered then who cares?!

  • Mariano