This is the title track from Lady Gaga's EP, The Fame Monster. The songs on the EP were initially intended to be part of a re-release of Gaga's debut album, The Fame. However, the singer announced that the new songs would be available as a stand alone EP, as she thought re-releases were unfair and the EP represents a separate conceptual and musical body of work, which reflected the seamier side of fame, as experienced by Gaga since the release of her best-selling debut album.
The song was co-written and produced by Lady Gaga's frequent collaborator RedOne, who also sings back-up on the choruses. It's about a guy she "french kissed on a subway train" who ended up showing her what a "Monster" in bed he was.
A month before the release of The Fame Monster, Gaga launched a new headphone in conjunction with BSM Monster. However, she claimed the shared names was not a marketing ploy, but she wrote this song three months before discussions for the collaboration commenced. Gaga told Rolling Stone: "It's so funny because I had already written a song for my re-release called 'Monster' back in March. I said, 'I can't believe you guys are called Monster because I'm obsessed with monster movies right now and I'm kind of obsessing over the decay of the celebrity and the way that fame is a monster in society!' That's what my new record is about, so it was kind of a perfect fit."
Lady Gaga said of the album in a press release: "On my re-release The Fame Monster, I wrote about everything I didn't write on The Fame. While traveling the world for two years, I've encountered several monsters, each represented by a different song on the new record: my 'Fear of Sex Monster,' my 'Fear of Alcohol Monster,' my 'Fear of Love Monster,' my 'Fear of Death Monster,' my 'Fear of Loneliness Monster,' etc."
GaGa told MTV News that in this song, she is addressing her fear of relationships. "It's the fear of attachment and the fear of loving something that's bad for you," she explained. "If you listen to the lyrics, it's like being in love with the bad boy all the time, and you keep going back for more."
She added: "I keep falling in love with the monster. But what I really need is the security and the safety and the womanhood, responsibility of my femininity. And so that's what that song is about."