Government Hooker

Album: Born This Way (2011)
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  • Gaga explained in a Facebook post: "Government Hooker was inspired by Marilyn Monroe + political mistresses. I wonder what they were privy to + what they affected."
  • The song's producer, DJ White Shadow, recalled to MTV News that this thumping, sexy track came together in Las Vegas. "We were in this studio in Vegas, and I was playing some hip-hop stuff [for Gaga's label boss Vince Herbert], and I ran across this [old beat I had made], and we were talking about faster songs, so I sped it up and I played it for Vince." He was like, 'Whoa.' She walked in, and I played it for her and [Born This Way producer] Fernando [Garibay]. She laid it out in two seconds. She sang over the melody and tuned it up and put the chorus in. She finished it super quick."
  • The pervy robot voices are courtesy of one of Gaga's inner circle. "The guy that's actually talking, that's her security guard," White Shadow revealed to MTV News. "We were sitting there thinking how to make a computerized voice, so we were like, 'Let's get Pete in here.' He's got a super-thick Dutch accent, and he's trying to read off paper. It was insane, and he just talks like that. That's what it's like working with Gaga. It's like a f---ing supernova. When she walks into a room, things explode."
  • Gaga penned the lyrics right on the spot. She explained them to UK music magazine the NME: "The humor is that a machine in the song tells me what to do and I happily do it as long as I get f---ed. It relates to how our government f--- us over, but it makes fun of the plastic popstar - I'll do anything as long as you f--- me and pay me."
  • Boston-based radio, mixtape & Club DJ Clinton Sparks co-wrote this song. His previous credits include Pitbull's 2010 track, "Vida 23."
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