While promoting her new album Memphis Blues (out today) on The Joy Behar Show yesterday, Cyndi Lauper was inevitably asked about her friend and partner in AIDS activism Lady Gaga. In particular, Joy referred to Gaga’s upcoming Rolling Stone cover: “I mean, she has guns on her boobs—what’s that about?” Hey, Joy—at least she’s got something on her boobs, unlike on last year’s Rolling Stone cover. Watch Cyndi defend her pal after the jump.
Cyndi dismissed any controversy over Lady Gaga’s guns by pointing out “Madonna had the same kind of thing with the Gaultier” cone bra in her “Vogue” video. Ever classy, Joy agreed by offering up, “Yeah. That she did. She had those bullet tits.”
The talk show host pressed further by asking Cyndi why she thinks Miley Cyrus is kissing girls on stage and why Gaga is flipping off paparazzi and swallowing the Rosary in her “Alejandro” video. Uh, Joy—just because Cyndi did weird before anybody else doesn’t mean she’s suddenly plugged into the minds of every rebellious young artist out today.
Still, Lauper had a good response. “But, see, Miley’s coming out of that whole child star thing,” she said. “And also she’s growing up in front of everybody. It’s hard. When you become famous, they don’t give you a handbook—you know, like when somebody is just up in your face taking your picture, taking your picture.”
Meanwhile, in Gaga’s Rolling Stone interview, the Fame Monster singer gave further clues as to the gay-political tone of her upcoming third album.
“Why are we still talking about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’?” she says. “It’s like, what fucking year is it? It makes me crazy! And I have been for three years baking cakes — and now I’m going to bake a cake that has a bitter jelly. The message of the new music is now more bitter than it was before. Because the sweeter the cake, the more bitter the jelly can be.”
And perhaps the most frustrating factor for her fans: “I’ve been working on it for months now, and I feel very strongly that it’s finished right now. It came so quickly. Some artists take years; I don’t. I write music every day.”
Finished or not, monsters, the LP won’t be out till 2011.