Virginia Tech’s Highty-Tighties Alumni Band scored a sensational corps coup at The Grammy Awards, inking a backstage deal as extras in pop diva Lady Gaga’s soon-to-be-released Sweater And Lace video. The song is a follow-up to her chart-topping Poker Face single.
“She adores our retro clothing style,” said Thomas Wall, drummer, class of 1978, looking very natty among the glitz and hip-hop crowd. He and fellow classmate, Barton Petrie, trumpet, discussed the video as representatives for the band. “Our maroon button-up cardigan sweaters paired with khakis are so old-school casual, we’re hip,” said Petrie.
In the fantasy video, Lady Gaga seduces hunky sweater-wearing icon Mr. Rodger’s, from Mr. Rodger’s Naughty Neighborhood. The video’s subtext is about sweater sex appeal, and the choreography pulses with her signature fast-forward surreal aesthetics.
“I think we’re the marching naughty neighbors, or something like that,” said Petrie.
“Yeah, I hear she dances in all sorts of sexy sweaters,” said Wall, who learned of the diva’s videos from his teenage daughter, Caitlin (who is both appalled and all agog at her dad’s Lady Gaga gig). Wall also said "The song's refrain goes 'I’m so hi-hi-highty-tighty in my nau-nau-naughty-nightie.' "
“That’s just a rumor, Thomas,” said Petrie, frowning.
Virginia Tech Media Relations had no comment, but did ask: “Who’s Lady Gaga?”
*Lady Gaga, below, wearing gerbil exercise balls at last summer's Gerbilpalooza.