Monday, December 20, 2010

Gaga Rides In Cars With Boys

Gaga rides in cars with boys. (L to R: Ian, Gaga, Cassidy)

The thing I absolutely love about Gaga’s performances is they’re juicy little narratives that always tell a sexy story.

“Boys, Boys, Boys” is the performance with the sexiest action. Lady Gaga is joined by six male dancers who perform burlesque. They’re her “gay boys”, two black boys, a black-white combo, two white boys and a Latino boy. Gaga calls them her gay boys, but one is straight.

The cast of gay boys includes Asiel Hardison (black boy), Ian McKenzie (black boy), Mike Silas (black-white combo), Cassidy Noblett (white boy), Graham Breitenstein (white boy) and Victor Rojas (Latino boy). Asiel is tall, slender and dark-skinned while Ian is more compact, but with the same dark skin. Mike is olive-skinned and slender, but compact with lots of tattoos. Cassidy is strapping and muscular with dark hair and fair skin. Graham is simply tall and skinny and pale, while Victor is short and tan with a Mohawk.

The juicy personal details that you can use as a context for this performance go as follows: Asiel and Mike are boyfriends, Ian is presumably gay, Cassidy is gay, Graham has a wife and a son, and Victor is presumably gay, but I know for one thing, he’s fierce!

Then there’s a story that the performance tells. The dancers are dressed partially in white Ace bandages like wounded hospital patients who fled the hospital to dance burlesque. Gaga wears a see-through latex dress that allows you to see her bra and panties and pieces of tape “X” out her nipples. This outfit makes Gaga look like a psycho nurse who wants to help her patients medically and sexually. But thankfully for all you gay boys out there, Gaga doesn’t even touch her shirtless dancers. Her shirtless male dancers only touch each other.

During the second verse, Cassidy feels up Mike and spanks Ian. Eventually, Cassidy and Ian put their arms around each other’s waists like buddies and then lovers as they reach the catwalk part of the stage. Cassidy gropes Ian’s “big dick” codpiece and he feels up Ian’s ass and then spanks it. During the dance breakdown, Cassidy caresses Ian’s neck and then bends him over miming doggy-style sex and then spanks Ian again. It’s interesting that Cassidy and Ian are the only ones who do anything raunchy, while the two boyfriends Mike and Asiel hardly even look at each other, let alone touch each other. I guess they didn’t want to exploit their romance. Good for them. I know for one thing, Cassidy and Ian make for a good chocolate and vanilla Popsicle.

It seems appropriate to say that according to Gaga’s old friend Brendan Sullivan, “Boys, Boys, Boys” is about when Gaga went to go see the Killers perform at Madison Square Garden in 2007 with her boyfriend Luc Carl (a glam-metalhead). On the date, Luc got the worst seats in the bleachers, and he hated pop music, which means he wasn’t happy to be at a Killers concert. That said, when Gaga wrote “Boys,” she left out the part about a buzzkill boyfriend and instead re-imagined him as a fun, glitzy sexy gay guy that liked making out with her. In the end, “Boys, Boys, Boys” is how Gaga wanted her date to go. It’s a fantasy.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Michael Silas: A Warhol Superstar or Just a Lady Gaga Dancer?

Joe Dallesandro

Michael Silas

Michael Silas is one of Lady Gaga’s most adored dancers for two reasons: his rugged sexiness and how it contrasts with Lady Gaga’s flamboyant Monster Ball Tour. It’s this contrast that makes Michael such an anomaly in the Haus of Gaga, just like actor Joe Dallesandro was in Andy Warhol’s Factory crew of artistic types. Surprisingly, Michael and Joe share a lot more than having an eccentric boss.

The 27-year-old Texas-bred dancer may wear makeup and earrings (sometimes) when performing on Gaga’s electro-opera The Monster Ball, but his calm toughness still shows through. On The Monster Ball, Michael has two shining moments for every tour stop: the famous Jesus Loves Everybody duet with Gaga (read about this duet here, and the kiss between him and his boyfriend Asiel Hardison (another Gaga dancer). During his Gaga duet, Michael is a bloody vampire twisting his body sexually to roaring guitar riffs and Gaga’s vocal ad-libs, while during his kiss with his boyfriend, Michael is dressed as a Roman gladiator in a feathered headdress. Despite occasional voguing, Michael maintains his macho demeanor.

Michael Silas and Joe Dallesandro are beautiful, macho men who provided the masculine element to their respective crews—for Michael, the Haus of Gaga and for Joe, Andy Warhol’s The Factory—and wear their masculinity like bad asses, but there’s tenderness underneath the hard exterior. Both are aware of their sex appeal, but they act like they could care less, as if they wouldn’t mind you looking through their bathroom window seeing them naked after they stepped out of the shower; they might just shrug and acknowledge you silently with a friendly face.

Although Michael and Joe both have sad eyes, square jaws and lean, muscular bodies, they have different backgrounds. Michael is a Black/Latin/German army brat who trained at various dance schools in ballet and hip-hop, while Joe was a troubled Italian-American kid who went through foster care because his father couldn’t take care of him and his mother was incarcerated; Joe stole cars and ran from the police. Although their backgrounds are different, Michael and Joe became Superstars—Michael a Gaga Superstar and Joe a Warhol Superstar—and never looked back. The Warhol Superstars were a group of people gathered by Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey, and Gerard Malanga to be in Warhol's films and accompany him in his social life, while the Haus of Gaga is a group of people gathered by Lady Gaga to be in her videos, concerts and accompany her in her social life.

Below check out the photos of the Monster Ball mentioned in the article:

Michael as a Roman gladiator.

Michael during Jesus Loves Everybody duet with Gaga.

Michael in Ace Bandages and a lot of eye shadow.