A fragile star with a mysterious dark past, attempting to gain legitimacy in a world that doesn’t want to take her seriously. Sounds familiar, eh? Yes, Lana Del Rey has made the link between her re-tooled Americana and Hollywood’s most mystifying and tragic icons, Marilyn Monroe.
It begins with a sample of the actress singing The Star-Spangled Banner before we’re swept into a newsreader announcing her death, intermingled with JFK squawking about the actress singing Happy Birthday for him. This is a 20th pop culture re-told, Lana style.
That her trail of broken hearts has lead her to MM is logical (from the Tupac featuring ‘Video Games’ video to ‘Off To The Races’ hints of a Mickey and Mallory from Badlands-type bad romance, one of her themes has been the doomed and glamorous) but that she manages to re-imagine the tale in her terms is not.
I found some new old pictures which were taken when Lana performed ‘Born To Die’, ‘Video Games’ and ‘Blue Jeans’ live inside the 98.7 FM studios in Los Angeles back in the beginning of December. The captures of ‘Video Games’ are also in the gallery. Check them out (:
German Itunes announced “Born To Die (Special Version)” tracklist, check it below.
1. Born To Die
2. Off To The Races
3. Blue Jeans
4. Video Games
5. Diet Mountain Dew
6. National Anthem
7. Dark Paradise
10. Million Dollar Man
11. Summertime Sadness
12. This Is What Makes Us Girls
14. Without You
15. Lucky Ones
16. Born To Die
17. Video Games (Performance Edit, HD, Closed Caption)