For the second time in as many days, Lady Gaga is clapping back at a musical peer who’s dissed her new song “Perfect Illusion.” After The Chainsmokers said “it sucks,” The Black Keys’s Patrick Carney is the latest to criticize the Joanne single.
On last night’s Vice News Tonight, the drummer appeared in a segment aptly titled “Patrick Carney’s High Standards Music Corner.” As the title implies, Carney is a pretty opinionated dude, and the segment features him listening to new music and doling out his hard takes. While One Republic and Norah Jones’s latest tunes earned his praise, “Perfect Illusion” suffered his harshest critique.
“First of all, I hate guitars that sound like that,” Carney began. “I’m lost because the guitar at the top of it sounds so shitty. It’s like ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ but not even nearly as good as that. It sounds like Hulk Hogan is playing the fucking guitar.”
After sharing a bizarre Hulk Hogan Story, Carney admitted that the song was “growing” on him. But that didn’t stop him from unleashing a tired groan and deciding, “That’s the thing about music: The more you hear something, the more you like it. That’s why payola worked.”
Mark Ronson — who produced “Perfect Illusion” along with Bloodpop and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker — was the first to hit back at Carney. He chimed in on Twitter, recalling the time Carney told him that his now-diamond certified hit “Uptown Funk” “wouldn’t work.” Gaga then responded to Ronson, calling Carney “snarky” and challenging him to a “guitar death-match” with Parker and Josh Homme, who played guitars on “Perfect Illusion.”
Bloodpop clearly had the shadiest response, though, taking a page straight out of Mariah Carey’s “I don’t know her” playbook with this gem of a tweet:
Never one to stand idly by, Carney wasted no time responding to Gaga and Co., telling them to “lighten up and listen up,” and linking to a video of Hogan playing the guitar. Because, as in all beefs, Hulk Hogan's long-gone prog rock career is clearly the trump card.