Where does disco stick come from?
Disco stick is a lyric in the Lady Gaga song “LoveGame.” The single, which climbed #3 on Billboard charts in 2009, is about love, dancing, fame, and sex.
Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone that disco stick was one of her “very thoughtful metaphors for cock.” She said she came up with the term on the spot while in a nightclub (disco) and told a dance partner she was attracted to (stick) “I wanna ride on your disco stick.” The next day she said wrote “LoveGame” in the studio in just four minutes.
Whenever Gaga performs the song, she carries an actual light-up, rock-candy-esque scepter to represent a disco stick, as featured in the video for “LoveGame.” The design changes each year and has included a star on top. Disco stick has inspired LED accessories, adult toys, and even a highlighter pen.
Outside the US, the song was a smash hit from Israel to New Zealand and inspired many remixes, including one featuring Marilyn Manson, all helping to spread disco stick as a slang term for “penis” among her Little Monsters.
Examples of disco stick
Who uses disco stick?
Most uses of disco stick are in reference to Lady Gaga. Fans will reference the song, her spectacular outfits, and her fame when mentioning disco stick—and often without sexual suggestion.
In 2008 a girl from New York City once decided that pop music will never be low brow. She put on her LCD glasses, raised her disco stick, created the most powerful body of work and started a revolution. 10 years later her prophecy is fulfilled. This girl has won. #TheFameTurns10 pic.twitter.com/yDQqorXZgO
— Monster Reactions (@LMonsterReacts) August 19, 2018
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Who has been to the Joanne World tour? I saw Gaga the 18th of January in Milan and she was so perfect😍 #gaga #ladygaga #lady #joanneworldtour #joanne #lovegame #justdance #telephone #artopop #bornthisway #famemonster #fame #astarisborn #concert #milano #forumassago #discostick #millionreasons #pokerface #badromance #americanhorrorstory #thecountess
More specifically, Lady Gaga has become an LGBTQ icon. The disco stick has become a symbol of that empowerment.
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Absolutely loved wearing my self-made lacquer jumpsuit, accessorized with a last-minute diy disco stick, all inspired by @ladygaga. I just love "The Fame", the album and the whole era, even after 10 years I'm still inspired by this masterpiece! Thank you @astronaughty.danceclub.vienna for having me! ⚡ Photo by @m.darlingphoto 💎 #astronaughty #partycity #gayparty #vienna #ladygaga #thefame #filthypop #lovegame #discostick #diy #fashion #lacquer #black #leather #lightning #gloves #makeup #maccosmetics #malemua #boyglam #boy #drag #makeupartist #makeupaddict #littlemonster #thefameturns10 #gagadaily @gagadaily
People will also use disco stick, as Lady Gaga originally meant it, to refer to a penis but with fun flare. Sometimes, it will be in a sexual way, often quoting the song.
dick sounds too informal
cock is too nasty and aggressive
disco stick is the perfect balance of both. https://t.co/s5OQSsOx4B
— ˗ˏˋ tony ˎˊ˗ (@h4ckysack) August 21, 2018
I had glitter on my dick at one point this festival so I am legally obligated to only refer to it as my disco stick from now on
— WileyBListeningToMac (@RileyBWesty) June 25, 2018
when he lets you ride his disco stick pic.twitter.com/oQkE95IFpt
— ❥grecia (@gagagracee) March 7, 2018
Folks also make jokes about discovering what disco stick actually means.
literally anyone: hi
me in middle school: did you know that when lady gaga says “disco stick” she means penis
— ʅʕ•ᴥ•ʔʃ (@dogsteaIer) April 22, 2018
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