Lady Gaga‘s music video for “Edge of Glory,” the third from her album Born This Way, premiered last night and (dare I say it?) it’s kind of tame. In a simple clip that could be straight out of the ’80s, Gaga appears solosave for a short cameo by saxophone player Clarence Clemonsand dances down a smoky city street before giving us her best Flashdance interpretation on a fire escape.
The video seems to be a love note to her hometown New York City, a bygone era, and to the late designer Gianni Versace, since Gaga is dressed exclusively in vintage Versace throughout. Her only look is a strappy black leather top with matching shortsaccented with gold studs and the label’s signature Medusa medallionspaired with a silk printed shirt that’s unmistakably Versace.
Although the “Edge of Glory” video lacks the theatrics we’ve come to expect from Gaga, we appreciate her stripped-down one-woman show and that the retro clip pays homage to all of the pop stars who came before her. That being said, let the Madonna and Michael Jackson comparisons begin.