Lady Gaga seemed to explode onto the pop scene like a brilliantly deranged firework from the great beyond. The world was presented with an eccentric enigma, a suddenly transformed NYU student whose creative foresight and visions set new standards for the staid music culture. But as much as she became a phenomenon, the question remained: where did she come from? How did she go from playing in bars to the wildest, most successful act on the planet?
Finally, she's got an answer for all those desperate for an origin story. In reality, the opening was inspired by the day she was released from her first record label -- "It was one of the worst days of my life," she's called it -- but again, she's built it into her own mythology.
"Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics -- they can be lost forever," she says in the voiceover of the long, long introduction to her new video, "Marry The Night." "It's sort of like my past is an unfinished painting, and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again."
Intimating a breakdown or suicide attempt or perhaps a bloody fashion crisis, Gaga's video sees her promising, as she's being looked over by a doctor in a psych ward, that she'll be a star. A few emotional, naked and honey nut cheerios-filled outbursts later, she seems to have kept her promise.