The Pop Star That Ozzy Osbourne Got Sick Of
Genre conflicts are not uncommon in the music industry. However, there are two genres that never get along, and most fights involve them. As many of you might have guessed, the ones we are referring to are rock and pop. In fact, the purpose behind their emergence already contradicts each other.
Pop music aims to be as popular as possible in the mainstream; rock, on the contrary, by its inherent nature, is a contra-culture, and it directly opposes the notion of the mainstream. As expected, the musicians of these genres often quarrel with each other, fueled by this fundamental contradiction.
Pop music generally prefers to stay in safe waters, both lyrically and stylistically, to appeal to a larger audience. Nonetheless, some artists fall outside this generalization. Sometimes there are singers who become popular with their lyrics, stage shows, or styles that are at the extremes. One of the most prominent representatives of the extremes is undoubtedly Lady Gaga.
Many rock musicians have expressed their appreciation for the pop icon. While Sting has praised her stage shows, Gene Simmons, Rob Halford, and Bruce Dickinson have pointed out her potential as the new rockstar. However, it seems like she failed to impress Osbourne, as he once revealed that he wanted her to stop performing during a conversation with US Magazine in 2010.
“I do think Lady Gaga should take a break for a little while,” Ozzy said, revealing that he thought Lady Gaga had gone too far. “She’s getting to be too much, and she doesn’t watch the exposure of her clothes. She’s just too overexposed. She could be the next Madonna if she played her cards right.”
He continued, “I like her, but I’m getting a bit sick of her. When I turn on the TV, I see her wearing another lampshade or whatever. She needs to take a break, I think, for an hour or so. I love her, I think she’s really, really entertaining, but she’s doing a bit too much. Every day it is something else. The specialness of her is gonna get killed if she doesn’t calm it down.”
Reconciliation between rock and pop is undoubtedly next to impossible. However, according to a video posted on Fuse’s channel eight years ago, Osbourne and Lady Gaga did. At that year’s Grammy’s MusiCares Person of the Year party, the Osbournes and Lady Gaga were captured on camera kissing each other as their son Jack Osbourne brokered this peace between them.
This eternal clash between pop and rock never seems to end, and we’ll probably come across many examples like this one. However, it was never seen that these criticisms were taken seriously enough the make someone leave music. They remain only as amusing anecdotes or incidents where the press gets clicks by magnifying the events.