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

noah | August 11, 2009 11:00 am

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]