I was wondering why there wasn't any activity in this thread, and then realized that I fell asleep before posting here. Mess. Anyways, let's continue. Are you going to be let love down by this cut? Let's see... 16. Glitter and Grease Average score: 7.762 Highest scores: 10 x 4 (@m_dimitrov, @AshtrayHeart, @Markus1981, @Seventeen Days) Lowest score: 4 x 1 (@SyPOPhantic) My score: 9 High peak: #16 (34 voters) Low peak: #20 (8 voters, 12 voters) And just like that, the most populated Pre-Fame section is down to only five songs. "Glitter and Grease" has been one of the most stable songs when it comes to leaderboard performance. Constantly being in the top 20, it even managed to reach its high peak with the final voter. A pretty good showing, after all. "Glitter and Grease" (alternate title "Glitter & Grease") is yet another Gaga-Fusari product, being written in the first half of 2007 at 150 Studios (Rob Fusari's home studio in Parsippany, New Jersey), presumably for her debut album. A 5 second snippet of the song first appeared online on January 12th, 2010, along with four other snippets of unreleased songs ("Sexy Ugly", "Take You Out", "Animal" and "Out of Control"). She referenced the song one month later, in this Twitter post: Eventually, the full studio version of the song leaked on June 23rd, 2012. The lyrics depict Gaga being fed up with her boyfriend overly spending time with his car. Yes, it is another song dedicated to her then-boyfriend Lüc Carl and his obsession with cars - just like "Your Freakin' Car", which unfairly left the rate way back at #54 (and I gave the same score to it and "Glitter and Grease", funnily enough). Luc had a green Chevrolet El Camino (hence the lyric "painted green watermelon" in the song) and he named it Nadine. It's important to note that the song was performed on The Monster Ball Tour dates in 2010, meaning that it is among her most well-known unreleased songs (and there's what it has in common with "Fooled Me Again" - live performances!) And it doesn't end there; during the live performances of a shortened version of "Glitter and Grease" on tour, there is a rusted green Rolls-Royce used on stage, which Gaga named... Nadine. January 28th, 2010 - Gaga and Nadine (the car) live at Montreal Fun fact: Nadine was originally intended to be in the music video for "Telephone", but was replaced with the Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill. A stage prop that could. Okay, enough about cars and relationships. I love "Glitter and Grease". It's such a damn earworm. That chorus/hook is incredibly infectious and I literally can't get it out of my head (Kylie shoutout!). It stands out among the other unreleased songs from this era, for having a fuller and more refined sound, as well having a lot of quirks in the production. The constant beat flickering and effects added really make it pop off. Even the verses excel in having that overly eccentric edge that she portrays in much of the songs. But really, the chorus is what it's all about for me. When those harmonies come in during the repetition of each chorus... pop goodness. I mean, Gaga wouldn't be Gaga if it wasn't for memorable hooks and silly lyrics, and this is just one example of that. Even when you compare it to the previously eliminated "Fooled Me Again", which was written around the same time, it just shows her versatility in such a great way. Even though most of the song is excellent, the only part I'm not keen on is the "start it, pump it, wash it, bump it..." post-chorus, which can get a bit annoying, despite being delivered in a signature goofy way she used to do at the time. And the live performance offers a more explosive version of the song, which some voters prefer to the studio one. All in all, I'm fine with it missing out on the top 10, but there are certainly some songs weaker than it which are still in (like the next elimination, for example). Oh, and I forgot about the rumor that when you say: "Rub that glitter and grease" quickly, it becomes something more, um, suggestive and can have a double meaning. Anyways... were the voters hooked upon that hook? @berserkboi (8.8) is a prime example of the effective catchiness on display: "I can take or leave this subject matter (especially the fake poor English portion) but boy does this get stuck in my head! I almost started my commentary by mistakenly typing Rub That Glitter And Grease Around instead of all above! Ddddd" The spell worked on you, haha! @pop3blow2 (8) has a point: "Starting sound a bit more like the ‘Gaga’ we know here. This song is a bit monotonous though." What you call monotonous is what some call addictive and catchy as hell. Unfortunately, @Untouchable Ace (6.4) isn't feeling it "The title hook is quite stagnant." and @DominoDancing (7) is somewhere in between: "Also cute and slightly bopping, but really basic." Perhaps the song will grow on you. Losing their first perfect score in this rate, @Seventeen Days (10) is in full stan mode: "I was SO excited when the studio version of this finally dropped. I remember jamming out to this in early 2010, and I practically yelled when she started singing it at the Monster Ball. Easily one of the best songs she never officially released." @TéléDex (8) also mentions The Montser Ball and says: "Works better as a live track with all of those extra Monster Ball harmonies." I do agree that the harmonies on the tour lift it up, but it remains a bop. In a similar manner, @AshtrayHeart (10) echoes the live performance(s), too: "This will always remind me The Monster Ball." I just got to know who Lady Gaga is at the time, so you're lucky! Dr. @DinahLee (7) will be deliberating on different diagnosis: "Before demoitis, we could have Liveitis and I think this is a great case. I still skip the second verse nn. The song felt very bare-bones comparing to the live performance I guess." Secondverseskippitis is another diagnosis to add. Unsurprisingly, @Laurence (9) is rubbing the glitter and grease around: "Very The Fame of course, also we saw it on the Monster Ball. Loves it! Nice song. I think I have a different mix so another case of demoitis. It's good. Better mix is definitely a 10." Another case of demoitis. Feel free to share the version you have - I couldn't find any other (apart from audio of the live performances). After the write up depicting the song's background, I hope @M24 (8.5) managed to find out the meaning: "Weird lyrics but at least the chorus is kinda catchy." Kinda catchy? That hook is catchiness embodied. @Pat (9.5) is here for the earworm: "Another solidified bop. Not sure why they never released this, sounds pretty finished too." I wonder that, too, as @spaceship (8) sums it up in one word: "Bop." Yep, that's what it is. Live performance at The Monster Ball Tour: Next up: We say goodbye to the final song with less than three 10's/11's.