“I want your whiskey mouth all over my blonde south” – one of the single sexiest lines ever in a pop song! You can take it as a trashy vulgarity, or you can take it as an example of new-model female sexual empowerment. I’ve bitched a-plenty about Lady Gaga’s lyrical shortcomings, but I’ll give it to her, this song has some great lines. You could say she’s trying too hard with the whole empowerment thing, but I say, she’s the only pop star of her caliber who thinks and cares about the impact she has on people’s lives. A lot of pop stars pretend to have a message, but it’s only a marketing gimmick. Gaga’s love for her fans is unique. She kind of reminds me of older-generation rock stars, who had the freedom to move about and interact with people as they wished, whereas today stars are so trapped by the endless circle of tabloids and paparazzi that they’ve begun to see fans almost as a threat. I loved reading Keith Richards’ recollections of just driving cross country, going into bars, meeting fans and jamming in the middle of nowhere. Most big stars don’t have the freedom to do that now, and certainly Gaga is too well known to make such a journey. But the important thing is, she sees her fans as more than a million sentient little cash machines, and that’s an attitude that has become very rare in the music industry.