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Lady GaGa’s ‘humble’ beginnings

music Updated: Feb 12, 2009 18:03 IST

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She might have all the luxuries of the world now, but pop sensation Lady GaGa was so poor as a performer on the New York City club scene that she used flammable hairspray as a substitute for costly pyrotechnics.

The 22-year-old singer, who worked in Manhattan''s late night venues as a teenager, has revealed that the techniques she used to put on a show on a tiny budget.

"I started playing out in clubs when I was 15 and was really hustling the New York scene,” Contactmusic quoted GaGa, as telling British magazine Now.

“I used to squirt hairspray on stage and set fire to it because we had no money for pyrotechnics or stuff like that, so we played Black Sabbath songs and did our fire display. Looking back, that was a little dangerous, but I''m still here," she added.