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Forgive me for being a striker, but it's been almost two weeks since the release of the soundtrack for "A Star Is Born," which means that it's been almost two weeks since I've been able to get the malicious lyrics of "Why Did You Do That? "" Out of my head. "If you've seen the movie, you can remember that this is the pop song that Ally (Lady Gaga) plays on" Saturday Night Live ", which convinces her rock lover Jackson Jackson (Bradley Cooper) that has sold.
As Ally writhes on the stage and sings, "Why did you surround me with such an imbecile?", The audience may be jumping heads, but Jackson is grimacing. I admit that "Why did you do that?", With all its lyrics related to the buttocks and text messages, initially it may seem a bit shocking: it's nothing like the rooted music we've seen Jackson and Ally compose together, and renounce the timelessness of "Shallow" and its style in favor of what feels like pop disposability.
But if the song is as thin as paper, why can not I stop singing it in a low voice? And why has the Internet moved to slap "Why did you do that?" At the top of the videos of dancing robots Y Pokemon spinning? Is the song, with its introduction to the xylophone and its unpretentious pop charm, really a hidden treasure?
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To get to the bottom of this mystery, I called Diane Warren, a nine-time Oscar nominee and veteran songwriter who helped put the lyrics of "Why did you do that?" With Lady Gaga. (The song was conceived by Gaga, Warren, Mark Nilan Jr., Nick Monson and Paul Blair.) Here are excerpts from our conversation:
Diane, I heard "Why did you do that?" In a gay bar the other night. We have to discuss it.
He is gaining a life of his own! "Why did you come around with an ass like that?" I have to take faulty credit for that line. I remember when we were working on that, I said, "Can we say that?" And Gaga said: "Yes, why not?"
And now I can not stop saying it.
It is leaking into consciousness!
I saw someone tweet that "Why did you do that?" It's supposed to be a "bad" pop song, and you answered"That was not the intention, really."
No, it is not the intention. I would never sit down on purpose to write a bad song, although I think I've done a bit without trying and it turned out like that. This was a fun song, and I love funny pop songs. Not everything has to be serious all the time.
Was there some kind of directive about what this song was supposed to represent for Ally?
No, the directive was only to write a funny song, something that shows that she is becoming this pop artist.
Did you know that Bradley's character, Jackson Maine, would later make fun of the lyrics?
I was surprised when I saw it! I was sitting next to my friend and I hit her in the arm and I said: "That's my quote that is quoting!" I love that his character defended his music. It does not have to be what he thinks music should be, music can be everything. It can be a serious song, it can be a pop song, it can be a song about an ass.
And is he more authentic? The film notes that Jackson adopted the voice of his older brother to do it in rock. In many ways, his person implies both artifice and hers.
That is true, when you look at it that way. Her character writes her own songs, and maybe that is how she expresses herself. It does not make your character less artistic than your character.
As someone who has worked with many pop stars as a songwriter, did Ally's bow sound true to you?
I have seen things like that, in which they try to push an artist, especially a female artist, into something they are not, and then they rebel against him and try to discover what his real voice is. But by the way, maybe her real voice is being a pop star, you know? And that's O.K., if that's what you are.
It's interesting how people can get mad at pop music.
I mean, you're talking to the woman who wrote "Blame the Rain" by Milli Vanilli. I have nothing against a good pop song.
But many people think it's less important than a good rock song. They treat it like …
A guilty pleasure, right? But it has its revenge because it sticks in your brain. And then you end up saying, "Why did you do that? Do that, do that."
How did you feel about the movie in general, once you saw it?
I thought it was really impressive. The point is that when Gaga talked about acting in it, some people I know said, "It's not going to be great," but I knew it would be. I've spent time with her, I know how hard she works: this is a person who works with a vocal coach for hours a day. She has that discipline, that work ethic that very few people have. She has it, and Beyoncé has it. They simply go further. The good is not good enough, so when I knew that she was serious, I knew it would be great, and it is.
Tell me about your song "I 'Fight" for the documentary. "RGB" which is done by Jennifer Hudson.
I feel it's the third song in a trilogy I've written, which started with "Til It Happens to You" from "The Hunting Ground" [performed by Gaga]and last year I did "Stand Up for Something" from the movie "Marshall". Now you have "I 'Fight", which is taking the next step. You are rising and announcing that you will fight, and although Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not noisy, with her soft voice she defends us so much. We need your voice, and we need it more than ever now.
"I Fight I" is the most conventional Oscar song, but I want to imagine an alternate reality where "Why did you do that?" He is also an Oscar candidate.
I do not know, but strange things have happened! Can you imagine a really serious performance of that song on the Oscar stage? They should do it like a ballad.