Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Lady Gaga, I applaud you, this is quite a feat of showmanship, not to mention mechanical engineering.

If one of those nozzles had packed up it could have gone so badly wrong.

I feel a certain professional duty to take this look and run down its vintage predecessors. In reverse order:

The Fembots in the Austin Powers films, whose bullet nighties were first inspired by . . .

Ursula Andress in The 10th Victim, who likewise shot straight from the tits . . .

And the mother of all spark-throwers, the Greek goddess Hera, who discharged no less than the Milky Way (with an assist from baby Hercules).

(painting by Tintoretto, The National Gallery, London)

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