Almost every section had one song placing surprisingly low, at least to me... ...and now it's time for one of the pre-Fame tracks. I'm a bit boggled as to why this one was hated, in the similar way as "Your Freakin' Car", even though I scored it lower than that song... Also, that one zero I mentioned... isn't a one zero. It's a one-zero (10)... 52. We Are Plastic (Melt In the Summer) Average score: 5.968 Highest scores: 10 x 1 (@soratami), 9.5 x 1 (@Music Is Life) Lowest scores: 1 x 1 (@Markus1981), 2 x 3 (@DominoDancing, @myblood, @berserkboi) My score: 7.75 High peak: #43 (19 voters) Low peak: #56 (7 voters) The second Pre-Fame sessions song falls and it's a bit of an unexpected one. It wasn't too divisive, but had a lot of detractors which made it earn a secure bottom 10 placement. And poor @soratami losing another high score within the first nine eliminations. Told you that a lot of faves are in danger. At least @berserkboi will be satisfied with this but just for a moment. "We Are Plastic" (alternately titled "Melt In the Summer") was written by Lady Gaga and Rob Fusari in late 2006 or early 2007. One of their typical sessions at the time, nothing too out of ordinary. However, what's interesting about the song is that it references different songs and is a great example of Gaga recycling lyrics/themes before and during "The Fame" era. For example, there is a line "top cuttin' that cake 'til the sugar flow stop", which is a reference to an unreleased (and unleaked) song called "Cut the Cake", also written with Fusari. The middle-8 of the song mentions "Rockshow", another song appearing in this rate. And, of course, the "we are plastic, but we still have fun" middle-8 of "Paparazzi" most likely stemmed from the chorus of this song. Also, I noticed that she mentions "here we go-go, sir", which probably alludes to the go-go era she had at the time. Plenty of her signature metaphors make it charming, too. That's about the lyrics. Musically, what I noticed is that it greatly resembles "Retrosexual", from the piano riff and vocals to the general vibe of the song. But does that mean that the song is in danger? #soon I must note that the song title seemed rather interesting and appealing. Personally, I enjoy the song in all of its bonkers and over-the-top theatrics. The intentionally obnoxious intro in French (literal translation is 'we are plastic') is just one of the features Gaga adds to make the song more interesting - or in this case: more divisive. A lot of quirks, too: lines in French, muffled vocals, weird effect during the middle-8, random synth and guitar squelches, gasps, claps etc. Now that I'm listing all of these things, it's completely reasonable why the song had haters. However, the production has a lot of details that makes it great (the instrumental as a whole is really good): the synths during the chorus are excellent, there are some great uses of guitar, it just kind of flows well. When it tones down before the middle-8, it's a vibe, but when the actual middle-8 hits, it's kind of a disorienting splash of rap and I'm not sure I'm completely here for it - it gets points for quirkiness, though. The entire song is inconsistent, yet works in a peculiar way. Even though the verses don't really sound appealing, the melody is memorable, and the same can be said for the chorus. And while all these things are going on, it feels like the song still misses something and kind of plods along. Odd, but I think that's the reason why I can't score it higher. I find it strange it went so early, since you're usually here for Gaga's gimmicks, but looks like she crossed the line with this one - surprising! It's not among her best unreleased, of course, but there are plenty of weaker songs that could've gone before it. Really, I could've easily seen at least a few other Pre-Fame tracks leave before this one. It's not that bad at all. Since I really like it, it's a nice thing is that we actually have the 'official' instrumental of the "We Are Plastic" (included in the Bonus section of the playlist used for this rate), which is slightly different to the original one and serves as an idea for Gaga. So, those of you who hate/dislike the song can write their own along with the instrumental. Onto the commentary. I think @Seventeen Days (4) gives an insight why this track was disliked by many: "This could have been a really fun bop, but that high-pitched voice she keeps using throughout is just… horrible." Maybe too harsh, but nicely said. @Untouchable Ace (8.1) makes a perfectly fair point: "Concept and attitude, but there's not much of a song.", while @DominoDancing (2) says: "This just gives me a headache." And he's not alone. @berserkboi (2) serves angry Tyra Banks energy, yelling: "What are you doing to me, Gaga????? The cringe when that opening line started again – yikes!!" *looks at the scores* I see there are now two songs you must be eager to cross out. Patience please. @pop3blow2 (8.8) is modest, but critiques some parts of the song: "I love the chorus here. After a couple of listens though, I find the verses here a bit annoying." I like the verses and the chorus equally. On the other hand, @Pat (7) says they: "Like the melody during the verses. The chorus is typical ‘Team Love Child’." You're right about the second sentence, but there are a lot of typical 'Team Love Child' songs in here. @Laurence (3) is not here for French: "A bit of average track. The We are plastic nous sommes plastic is not that great, so I don't like this track…" @berserkboi found suing, but not for long, because he hates the song, too. @M24 (8.25) catches the reference: "I had to get used to this one.. I bumped it up a bit for that earworm of a chorus. Nice to know where the "we're plastic but we still have fun!" line from Paparazzi comes from." Good ear! And @DinahLee (6) has an interesting take: "Together with Retrosexual & Love Sick Girl, I believe they’re the trilogy of “lost gems” that we would never hear. It’s too bad these songs were really nothing much to her catalogue and couldn’t live it up to their ~legacy. Maybe it’s a bit unfair to judge it having many expectations but when you listen to it without thinking much, you also see the song is pretty much nothing. Even fake snippets with Paparazzi reversed vocals were a bit more interesting." I partly agree, but I think "Love Sick Girl" doesn't belong to this group for multiple reasons. Up next: We're back at eliminating one of the most divisive songs.