The Fame Monster



Sex, substances dominate eight new tunes on reissued CD.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's understandable that Lady Gaga would want to explore the flood of new emotions that young adults often feel, but her exploration takes her into risky territory -- like sexual experimentation with strangers and acts of violence by romantic partners -- that could result in serious harm. 

Positive role models

With lots of talk about sex, drinking, partying, and even violence, Lady Gaga is clearly not aspiring for the job of role model.


Certain lyrics contain shades of violence: "I'm gonna love you with my hands tied … Take a bite out of me boy" and "I like it rough."  


A steady stream of sexual references, including "We've might've f--ked, not really sure," "I want to take a ride on your disco stick," and "I touch myself, can't get enough."


Some f- and s-words, along with "bitch."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Plenty of references to drinking (Johnnie Walker, red wine, champagne) and cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that THE FAME MONSTER offers eight new tracks that once again find Lady Gaga experimenting with hazardous and occasionally violent sexual behavior, drinking, and partying.  

What's the story?

Extending the enormous success of her debut album, The Fame, audacious dance diva Lady Gaga has released THE FAME MONSTER -- an expanded version of the original with eight new tracks, including a duet with Beyonce ("Telephone"). About the new songs, Gaga has commented: "This is how I feel. I feel divided. I feel a dichotomy within myself." Judging by her earlier tunes, these feelings are nothing new to GaGa, who frequently sings about being pulled in different directions. While the artist's head-on exploration of her complex emotions is admirable, her journey is too mature for younger kids; there's a lot of fairly graphic discussions about sex, partying, drinking, and violent behavior in romantic relationships. The edited version of the album bleeps out the occasional swear word that crops up throughout the record, but the references to sex, drinking, and violence still remain.

Is it any good?


Lady Gaga has always been heavily influenced by '90s music, and the eight new tracks on The Fame Monster hold true to this tradition. The Spanish-inspired "Alejandro" smacks of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita;" the heavy synth-beat in "Monster" is reminiscent of classic Ace of Base; and "Dancing in the Dark" conjures the haunting sound of Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me" collaboration with Michael Jackson. The real stand-out track, however, is the epic ballad "Speechless," which showcases Gaga's true talent for singing and piano playing -- not just spectacle.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the behavior Lady Gaga sings about. Why do some young adults engage in risky behaviors like lots of drinking and sex with unknown partners?

  • How can confused adolescents cope with emotional pain?

  • What is Lady Gaga's allure? Is it her music, her style, or both?

Music details

Artist:Lady Gaga
Release date:November 26, 2009
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Adult Contemporary
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 10 years old April 8, 2010
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byMusic/Movies July 22, 2013

Sex: 10/10 ~ Violence: 0/10 ~ Language 8/10 ~ Drinking: 3/10

Many of the songs on this CD are either dirty of iffy. Even some of the positive message songs have drinking references or sex in them. The only really clean songs on this CD are Brown Eyes, Alejandro & Nothing Else I Can Say. They are about love and moving on, yet they are the only clean songs. Songs like The Fame, Speechless, Telephone and Starstrukk aren't dirty yet they have iffly lines like "After all the drinks and bars that we went to" and "Put your hands on my waist". For the rest of the songs, there is a ton of swearing including b*tch, f*cked, sh*t, d*ck, dam* and so on. But never mind the language, there is a massive amount of sex, probably in almost every song. Songs like Lovegame, Monster, Teeth and Summerboy revolve around sex. They use very sexual lines like "We might have f*cked, not really sure", "Don't want no money, just want your sex", "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick", "I'm educated in sex", "Got my as* squeezed", "Just bust that d*ck", "Get your as* in my bed", "It involves some heavy touching", "A boy and a girl and a HUH!", "Your hand on your huh", "Three seconds isn't enough for my heart" and "Take a bite of me". All of the other songs with less sex also include sexual lines like "bluffin with my muffin", "let's make out" ECT. So yes, this CD has tons of sex, swearing, and some drinking.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byMonksy204 January 4, 2013

Not as Bad

This album is not as bad as they say it is. This album is actually very appropriate if you get the clean version. This album really rocks and its a spin off of The Fame her first album. The sex in here isn't really horrible.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex


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