Artist: Lady Gaga
Album: The Fame Monster
Released: October 26, 2009
Genre: Dance-pop, House, New Wave, Techno
Label: Streamline, Kon Live, Cherrytree, Interscope
SongWriter(s): Stefani Germanotta, Nadir Khayat
"Bad Romance" is a dance-pop song with house, New Wave and techno influences. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, "Bad Romance" is set in common time with a metronome of 119 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of A minor with Gaga's vocal range spanning from the low-note of E3 to the high-note of C5. The song follows in the chord progression of Am–C–F–C–G in the verses and F–G–Am–C–F–G–E–Am in the chorus. The song opens with Gaga singing a portion of the chorus, then transitioning into the "Rah-rah-rah-ah-ah-ah, Roma-roma-ma, Gaga-ooh-la-la" hook. It is followed by the sound of drum beats and keyboards. After the first verse, the prechorus follows, with Gaga voicing the line "You know that I want you, And you know that I need you, I want your bad, your bad romance". The full-throated chorus then follows, where she sings "I want your love, And I want your revenge, You and me could write a bad romance [...] Caught in a bad romance".
Gil Kauffman from MTV found similarities between the tempo of "Bad Romance" to that of Gaga's previous single "Poker Face". Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine noticed the 1980s influences that resonated throughout the track; "If melodies could be time-stamped, these would have '80s' branded on their asses." About.com writer Bill proclaimed that the song was well-suited for fashion shows and on the runway, a view that was echoed by Daniel Brockman of The Boston Phoenix, who not only pinpointed liberating declarations "from a significant other", but the Depeche Mode and Madonna-esque qualities that were imbued in "Bad Romance". To Pitchfork Media journalist Scott Plagenhoef, Gaga was able to transform her persona in a similar vein to various female entertainers, often reminiscing the likes of Britney Spears, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse. Simon Price from The Independent heard characteristics of Boney M in the chorus, and stated that the first line of the song "I want your ugly, I want your disease" established the grim tone of The Fame Monster.
The lyrics address aspects of a bad relationship but also discuss fashion in the line "Walk, walk fashion baby, Work it move that bitch crazy." In an interview, Gaga pointed out that she was listing Alfred Hitchcock films in the verse, "I want your psycho, your vertigo shtick, Want you in my rear window, Baby, you're sick." She said, "What I'm really trying to say is I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone because I love you that much."
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