From The Vault: Lady Gaga – ‘Poker Face’

Published: Sunday 14th Aug 2016 by Joe

From The Vault journeys back to 2008; a time when a newcomer with an eccentric style was morphing into the definitive “one to watch”. Today’s pick comes courtesy of Lady Gaga and her monumental smash, ‘Poker Face.’

Like the bulk of its parent album ‘The Fame,’ ‘Face’ was helmed by the mighty RedOne and saw Gaga proudly broadcast how much of a bluffing master she is.

It was serviced as the second single from the LP and just like its predecessor was a worldwide phenomenon – peaking at #1 not only in the US but also in the UK, France, Australia, Canada, and more.


Directed by Ray Kay and Anthony Mandler, the song’s visual was – for many – the first time the “Gaga” proposition was presented in all its glory: creative scenography, edgy concepts, high fashion, and MTV-style choreography.

The single’s success is undeniably synonymous with its video, which earned the entertainer a whooping four MTV Video Music Awards nominations. Deservingly so.


Talents like Gaga appear so infrequently that we’re not sure there has been an act as striking as her since her arrival. With towering high highs and challenging lows, Ms. Germanota has bagged herself a storied career in a mere 7 years. And, from where standing, we feel there are many more exciting chapters yet to be written.

Will LG5 be the era that turns it all around for Mother Monster and sees her regain her throne as the leading lady of Pop? We heartily hope so.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Reality August 14, 2016

    So much potential but she did to much too soon. She burnt the public out with her shenanigans.

  2. Fancy BISH August 14, 2016

    Classic…Umbrella and Poker Face changed the Pop game…ella, ella, EH EH EH and Po po po poker face po po poker face…how many songs took that stutter section?

    • BEY>RIH August 15, 2016

      How could you forget the uh oh uh oh uh oh uh no no from Crazy in Love. Or the wuh uh oh oh uh oh from Single Ladies. Very iconic.

    • Fancy BISH August 15, 2016

      Yes, Crazy In Love and Single Ladies have it…Roar…plenty of songs in the 80’s, like Tom’s Diner and Faith by George Michael…I should have said ‘made popular again’…oh well lol

  3. Danzou August 14, 2016

    She was fine until the music changed. The outfits and antics would’ve been bearable if the music had stayed the same. The fame monster had such good music. It was pop with a singe of soul and rnb attached to it.

  4. Mark111 /.\ August 14, 2016

    She came in right at the rise of EDm. Not that other sounds are back in, EDM is still here, but not in this form. The DJs are making actual beats instead of electro crap that got old VERY fast. To ME, Gags is no different from Ashanti and Ciara, they came out at the RIGHT time with the IN sound. But after a huge first album and an ok 2nd, they fell off and will never return.

  5. BeyonceIsASlut August 14, 2016

    One day I’m a flop fan, suddenly the flop is me

  6. ow Reddish tran ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuyiji August 14, 2016

    Nice song

  7. JOHNVIDAL August 15, 2016

    This was the time when I didn´t care about her cause I thought she was one more of these models with a mic with no talent. Damn it I was wrong, she evolved fast and showed real interest in music, knowledge, musicianship and VOCALS. Something I had never imagined around The Fame era. She really had to downplay herself to enter the mainstream music industry. That´s how sad the state it is in is. 20 years ago it would have been the opposite, she would have had to give her best and not hid her voice at all, more like the opposite. Now charts are afraid of people showing their talent it seems. Perfect climate for the talentless models.

    That said songs like Poker Face were cute hits somehow and different from what was being played on radio at the time.

  8. #JACKIE August 15, 2016

    This era SLAYED.

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