Lady Gaga Pays Hommage to John Wayne With "John Wayne"

January 8, 2023

In her new album, Joanne, Lady Gaga paid homage to legendary actor John Wayne with the title track. The song features an upbeat, tongue-in-cheek ode.

The music video is styled like an action film. Several scenes feature Gaga in action-packed sequences, including a car chase, dancing, and shooting guns from high heels. Her outfit is a pale pink suit with a matching cowboy hat. She also wears a big leather belt. Flamethrowers accompanied her dancers during the performance.

The lyrics are cryptic and suggest that Gaga is looking for someone who is wild and free-spirited. However, she has also expressed her preference for sophisticated city men. Ultimately, "John Wayne" was not a hit. It reached number three in the U.K., and had a few minor chart placements in other countries.

Fans were curious about the inspiration for this new song. Unlike her previous videos, this one featured an actual car chase and a lot of action. While it was not a huge success in the United Kingdom, it did get positive reviews.

Some fans compared the video to movies such as Mad Max (1979) and Grindhouse double-bills. Moreover, many of the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek. These included references to smoking marijuana, and dating working-class men from Republican states.

In a recent interview with Zane Lowe at Beats 1, Lady Gaga explained why she had decided to write a song about John Wayne. Apparently, she had become bored with her old, predictable John.


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