Lady Gaga And Mark Ronson Respond To Black Keys’ Drummer Patrick Carney’s Snarky “Perfect Illusion” Diss


Lady Gaga is taking shit from no one.

The spirit of Joanne is alive and raging in Mother Monster this week. Just days ahead of her album release on Oct. 21, Gaga is taking to Twitter to bat down hasty reviews of her new material. Following messages to The Chainsmokers and a Madonna comparison, Gaga is taking Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney to task for his piss poor review of “Perfect Illusion.”

HBO aired their first segment called Patrick Carney’s High Standards Music Corner on VICE News Tonight, which gives Carney the stage to listen to new music and shit on it. In the first episode, they played him OneRepublic’s “Kids” (“I wouldn’t buy it, but I wouldn’t mind if it came on in Abercrombie & Fitch…so embarrassed I liked OneRepublic”), Norah Jones’s latest (“I once compared her music to the theme from Frasier..I like this”) and Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion.”

“First of all, I hate guitars that sound like that!” he begins. “I’m lost because the guitar at the top of it sounds so shitty. It’s like ‘Eye Of The Tiger,’ but not even nearly as good as that. It sounds like Hulk Hogan is playing the fucking guitar.”

Then he babbles on about meeting Hulk Hogan, whom he labels “very nice.”

Carney ends up finding “Perfect Illusion” tolerable, despite his look of disgust, mainly because we grow fond of things we hear over and over. “It’s growing on me, I’ve heard it now. This is the thing about music — the more you hear it, the more you like it,” Carney says. “That’s why Payola worked.”

This prompted responses from the song’s producer Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga.

“I also remember my good friend @patrickcarney sitting in my living room, hearing uptown funk and telling me it wouldn’t work,” Ronson said.

Gaga replied: “he’s not as snarky as I would be watching him in a guitar death-match w Kevin Parker and Josh F☠️cking Homme.”

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