Lady Gaga road-tests new track 'Living on the Radio' at St. Paul concert

Lady Gaga songs usually take a few spins to grow on me. (Brace for impending blasphemy in 5, 4, 3, 2…) It took me at least a week to appreciate the pure pop perfection of “Bad Romance,” a ditty that has now become a sing-along staple of any car ride I take that lasts more than 30 minutes. But I’ve had no such issues warming up to “Living on the Radio,” a bittersweet ballad that Gaga debuted during a concert stop last night in St. Paul, MN. To put things in mathematical terms: One listen = me totally hooked. Yet according to YouTube user IamFree1974, who posted the concert footage, Gaga told the crowd that the track is unlikely to appear on her next album. To which I say: If “Living on the Radio” is destined for Gaga’s musical compost pile, she must have some pretty amazing material in the works, no?

What do you think of “Living on the Radio”? And is it time for a Gaga ballad to get served to radio, if for no other reason than to confirm her mad singing skills to the world at large? Sound off in the comments, and don’t miss Leah Greenblatt’s review of the Gaga tour stop in New York City last month.

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  • Woot

    She never ceases to amaze me. Writing music just comes so naturally to her.

  • JR

    I know how you feel Slezak. I HATED bad romance when it first came out. This song is awesome, and I hope she plays it when I go see her in February!

  • RyRyNYC

    LOL… its alright. She’s basically singing along to the same piano melody (?) of Speechless. This girl needs a break – her stuff is sounding stale and repetitive.

    • psychoanalyzer

      Agreed. It’s pretty much Speechless with new lyrics and a slower tempo.

      • J

        Um. I also hear a different melody, different chords, and a different arrangement… Just because it’s another slow piano ballad doesn’t mean it sounds like Speechless.

    • windrider2

      It’s not even CLOSE to the same song as Speechless. The only thing they have in common is that they are both slow-tempo piano ballads. Maybe you’re tone deaf

  • ashley

    I love it! i’ve heard quite a few of her new songs, and so far, i’m really impressed, especially with You and Me and Then You’d Love Me. Can’t wait for the album!

  • Cat

    Excellent thanks for posting it. Lady Gaga is an acquired taste, but now I’m hooked. The Fame Monster is one of my favorite albums.

  • PDawg

    I will give you the girl is talented. It all has happened too fast for her though. She is going to crash. She is going to crash from drug use. And that mouth of hers and her own notion of being untouchable is going to make many fans abandon her. I mean her last two videos don’t have ANYTHING to do with the songs. :/

    • goldswimmer

      She does not have any notion of being untouchable….I saw her last week both in Portland and Tacoma and we waited after both shows and after each one she came out and signed autographs for everyone there shook hands and talked to us….she is amazing and loves what she is doing….and as far as her videos go Telephone is a commentary on commercialism in the US and Alejandro is an ode the Gay community

    • windrider2

      You’re obviously too young to remember the heyday of great music videos that had NOTHING to do with the song. Russell McCahey (director of Highlander) made some brilliant videos that were pure eye candy. They were like short movies, with the songs as soundtracks.

      Gaga has made music videos exciting, innovative, and intriguing again. Hallelujah! Now if the rest of the industry will follow suit, watching music could become cutting edge again instead of 3D live-action comic book illustrations of forgettable songs. Yes they are cheap to make but…yawn.

  • Katy

    I can’t beilive I missed her. I love her. And her fans will not abondon her. Telephone and alejandro were her best videos to date. And she is the most talented female pop artist ever.

    • u

      “Most talented female pop artist ever”? A bit reaching, no? I could understand your favorite female pop artist ever, but most talented is quite an exaggeration…

      • psychoanalyzer


        Hahaha… still laughing, I’m so mean.

  • KissingAllowed

    This song is so touching. I think what makes it special is that it is obviously very personal to her. It’s like she sings it to herself to comfort herself, for what might happen in the future (pretty much being abandoned and stripped off of the loveliness she has now)

    It is a very sincere and heartfelt song. The hoensty cuts right through.

    If it is material for her3rd album? I don’t know. Maybe it’s too specifically to her and her little monsters. I don’t know. We’ll see.

    But it will definitely have to be leaked as an unreleased song!! This touches toovmany heart to just hide away.


  • Shelby

    Love her ballads – I think it shows people outside her immediate fan base that she is more talented than they may have at first assumed. Her fun, dancey pop songs are amazing, but the ballads show off how great her voice really is and how talented she is with a piano. I have a feeling even us little monsters have only seen the beginning of what she’ll bring to music in the future. She’s on her way to becoming an icon and she’s very loved and appreciated by her fans! xx

    • u

      I never doubted that this girl is talented, I’ve seen some of her live performances. I just feel that most of her music doesn’t showcase her talent, however songs like this one certainly do.

  • windrider

    Gaga is at her most honest, purest and innocent artist when it’s just her, the piano, and her audience. Living on the Radio is much more personal than her other ballads, and it’s melodically and structurally very different from the others, but I loved it from the first listen.

    It may be years before she can put out an album of just piano ballads and torch songs but when she does, I sure hope this one is on there.

    • u

      I really like this song (and I am not a fan of hers). It’d be nice if she would put out an album consisting of songs like these, maybe only then could I see some justification in the Elton John comparisons.

      • goldswimmer

        You should watch her performance of “You and I”….Its really amazing and makes her more comparible to Elton John as well

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