I find the Lady Gaga mania that is gripping our nation to be quite odd.  Fans act like she is the most innovative performer since Ziggy Stardust.  Well I take that back.  It’s a bad comparison, because I doubt the majority of her fans actually know who Ziggy Stardust is (although she claims David Bowie is her inspiration).  I am no Lady Gaga hater, and I won’t deny that she has talent, but is she really that innovative?  I think not.  In fact, I postulate that she is actually a mainstream version of Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife and Fever Ray (pictured above).  Karin Dreijer Andersson is the queen of strange antics.  Even when she and her bandmate/brother are not emulating Insane Clown Posse face-ware, they have broken style conventions. Case in point, the band has worn venetian style bird masks for public appearances. When the Knife won seven Swedish Grammy Awards in 2007, they gave an acceptance speech via a video of the duo with distorted and blurred out faces.  There is no denying that Karin is strange much like Lady Gaga is, yet I believe that what differentiates her is that she is truly weird–yes, really really weird.  She is not just using her fashion choices as a publicity stunt.  Did I mention that she is weird? That, coupled with the fact that her music is eerily powerful, albeit perhaps less accessible, is what makes her a far superior version of Lady Gaga.