Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)

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"Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
Picture of a blond woman wearing a black coat and white gloves, holding a microphone over her head. The background is white and contains the cartoon image of the same woman wearing sunglasses and holding a long stick in her hand.
Single by Lady Gaga
from the album The Fame
Released January 10, 2009
Format
Recorded 2008; Cherrytree Recording Studios, Santa Monica, California[1]
Genre
Length 2:57
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Martin Kierszenbaum
Lady Gaga singles chronology
"Poker Face"
(2008)
"Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
(2009)
"LoveGame"
(2009)

"Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" is a song by American pop recording artist Lady Gaga, from her debut album, The Fame (2008). It was released as the third single in Australia, New Zealand and selected European countries, and the fourth single in France. The song is a calypso-styled, mid-tempo ballad, and is about breaking up with one's old partner and finding someone new. Although "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" was never released as a single in her home country, it received mostly negative reviews from US based critics; who denoted it as "dry and lifeless", blaming it for halting the "bad-girl party atmosphere" of The Fame.

Failing to match the popularity of her previous singles, the song peaked at number fifteen on the Australian ARIA Charts and at number nine on the RIANZ charts of New Zealand. It proved to be successful in Sweden, where it managed to go as far as number two on the Sverigetopplistan chart. The accompanying Italian-American 1950s-themed music video portrayed Gaga and her friends roaming around the streets of an Italian neighborhood; Gaga riding a Vespa and also singing the song while at home with her boyfriend.

She performed the song on her first headlining The Fame Ball Tour, wearing a black-and-white leotard, and the 2009 shows of The Monster Ball Tour while standing inside a giant gyroscope. The song received radio airplay in United States, but it was not officially released there.

Release[edit]

The single was first released in New Zealand on January 10, 2009[4] and later in Australia on January 30, 2009.[5] "Eh, Eh" was the second most added song on Australian radio on the week beginning December 15, 2008.[6] It first began to receive airplay on all Today Network stations. The song was confirmed as an Australian single on Lady Gaga's official website on January 15, 2009. An official remix was also posted on her website that day. Another official remix was released on March 3, 2009 featuring brand new cover art. On March 5, 2009, a Pet Shop Boys remix became available for free download on Gaga's Australian website.[7]

Composition[edit]

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Musically, "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" is credited as a ballad compared to the rest of the dance fueled tracks from The Fame.[8] The song has a 1980s synthpop feeling in it[9] while incorporating the "Eh, Eh" hook from Rihanna's single "Umbrella".[10] Gaga stated that the lyrics of "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" are about love and she explained that: "'Eh, Eh' is my simple pop song about finding someone new and breaking up with the old boyfriend."[11]

According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in the time signature of common time with a moderate tempo of 94 beats per minute.[12] Gaga's vocal range spans from B3 to C5 with the main key in which the song is set being E major.[12] The song follows in the chord progression of E–B–Fm–E–B–Fm.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

A blond female singing in a microphone in her left hand. She wears white pants and a silvery sparkling top with large shoulder pads. Her golden yellow, blond curls fall on her shoulders. Surrounding her, a number of giant metallic rings are visible. Bluish smoke is visible behind her.
Gaga performing "Eh, Eh" on The Monster Ball Tour.

"Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" received mixed to negative reviews from music critics. Alexis Petridis from The Guardian, noted that "Eh, Eh" bears the influence of early 1990s Europop and "is the first song in a long time that warrants comparison to the œuvre of Ace of Base.[13] Matthew Chisling of Allmusic gave a negative review of the song saying "The Fame has it's [sic] 'ballad,' however the breezy 'Eh, Eh' doesn't hold water on this album; rather, it feels dry and lifeless, something which holds this album back".[8] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine said that "the breezy island vibe and soft demeanor of 'Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)' is hard to buy when sandwiched between songs like 'Poker Face' and 'Beautiful, Dirty, Rich.'"[14] Evan Sawdey of PopMatters said that the song is the most embarrassing moment of the album and as a result makes the album come to an intermediate halt thus ruining the "bad-girl party atmosphere".[9] Joey Guerra of Houston Chronicle said that "Eh, Eh" is a bouncy standout with some vocal personality. He also added that "[It] would have made a killer Spice Girls single."[15]

Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club called the track scaled-back and criticized Gaga's vocal abilities in the song.[16] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called the song listless.[17] Catherine P. Lewis from The Washington Post called the song a chirpy ballad.[18] Christina Martin from The Meridian Star felt that the song, along with "Summerboy" from The Fame, is breezy and upbeat pop song."[19] Matt Busekroos from Quinnipiac Chronicle said that the song seemed like a filler to him.[20]

Chart performance[edit]

"Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number thirty-eight due to strong digital sales for the issue of January 18, 2009.[21] The following week it climbed to thirty-two[22] and has since peaked at fifteen for the issue of March 1, 2009 making it her third single to hit the top twenty there.[23] After thirteen weeks on the chart, "Eh, Eh" was certified gold for shipment of 35,000 copies by the Australian Recording Industry Association(ARIA).[24] In New Zealand, "Eh, Eh" debuted at number forty on the issue dated January 19, 2009,[25] The following weeks it continued its rise on the chart and ultimately peaked at number nine, spending three weeks there, and becoming her third consecutive top ten hit in New Zealand.[26] The song was certified gold on May 24, 2009, by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, for shipment of 7,500 copies.[27]

On the Billboard issue dated February 21, 2009, "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 chart at number sixty-eight, despite not being released as a single, but dropped off the chart the following week.[28] The song also debuted at number twenty on the Swedish Singles Chart for the issue dated April 2, 2009,[29] and peaked at two.[30] The song debuted on the Danish Singles Chart at number twenty-eight on May 15, 2009,[31] and peaked at fourteen.[32]

Music video[edit]

Picture of a white Vespa scooter standing in a street corner. A blonde woman is sitting on the scooter. She is wearing a white short dress and white-heeled shoes. Her bare right leg is put up on the handle of the Vespa. Behind her, on the left, the bonnet of a indigo colored car is visible, while the bowed down head of a man wearing a white hat is visible on her right
Lady Gaga on a Vespa in the 1950s Italian American themed music video of "Eh, Eh"

The Italian-American 1950s-inspired music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, was shot back to back with the video for the song "LoveGame" on the weekend of January 9, 2009 in Los Angeles.[33] The video starts out showing Little Italy, an icon of the Madonna and Child, and then Gaga riding a Vespa.[34] The first twenty seconds are mainly full of camera shots of different men, Gaga and the city. The first main scene depicts her with some friends, laughing and joking in a restaurant, while she stands on the seat.[35] Gaga then comes from around the block walking with her friends in pace and singing in the camera. Next, she is shown sleeping in a bed, and waking up to reveal pink high-heeled shoes.

Gaga sings and cooks for a man in a house while dancing.[35] She is also shown ironing clothes while the man is on the phone screaming at someone.[34] The two harlequin Great Danes who appear at the start of her "Poker Face" music video, also appear in this one. Finally she lies on a sofa with her legs up on the man. One of the last scene shows her in a yellow dress made of flowers and wearing a yellow watch while singing to the song with a unique hairstyle which shows her hair pulled up and folded over.[34] Then the camera quickly goes back to her in bed.[35]

About the video, Gaga explained that "I wanted to show a different side of myself — perhaps a more domestic girly side. And I wanted to create beautiful, stunning '50s futuristic fashion imagery that would burn holes in everyone's brains."[35]

Live performances[edit]

A blond woman in a bob cut flanked by two black males. The woman is wearing a white leotard on which black, lightning shaped symbols are visible. The woman is also wearing black glasses. The woman is riding a Vespa scooter which is also painted with the same lightning shaped symbols.
Gaga wearing a lightning striped black and white leotard, performs "Eh, Eh" on a Vespa at The Fame Ball Tour.

"Eh, Eh" was performed in a human-beatbox version at the Cherrytree Studios and was released on Lady Gaga's first EP, The Cherrytree Sessions.[36] The song was also performed at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.[37] The song was majorly performed at Gaga's The Fame Ball Tour in the second segment. Gaga was dressed in a white body plate leotard with black lightning shaped stripes and wore a hat made of toppled dominoes.[38][39] It was accompanied by open toe shoe-boots and fishnet stockings on her leg.[40]

As the performance of previous song "Money Honey" ended Gaga appeared on the stage beside Space Cowboy on a Vespa whence the music for "Eh, Eh" starts. The backdrops change to reveal lightning shapes in contrast to the sunny nature of the song.[41] Gaga sang the song in its actual form backed by vocals from DJ Space Cowboy who spun the music from a corner of the stage.[38] As the song reached the chorus Gaga asked the crowd to join her while singing and wave their arms.[41] The New York Times called the live performance as listless.[17] However, The Hollywood Reporter said of the performance that, "In an age of too much information, one of the most refreshing things about Gaga is her mystery. She often hid behind shades, and her mostly incomprehensible, coy and semi-robotic stage patter did little to tell us who's that Lady."[42]

It was also performed on The Monster Ball Tour, where the song signified her rebirth as she descended from the top amidst white lights and mechanical fog.[43] She wore a giant human sized gyroscope around her, which was developed by the Haus of Gaga and was named "The Orbit".[44]

Track listing and formats[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from The Fame album liner notes.[48]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Australia[4] January 10, 2009 Digital download
New Zealand[4]
Denmark March 3, 2009[61]
Poland
Sweden March 16, 2009[62][63]
Italy
United Kingdom January 11, 2009[64]
France September 7, 2009[65] CD single

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