This is a great article/perspective piece on why Madonna is still the one and only Madonna. Â I read it and can’t say I disagree with the sentiments mentioned, which is that at the end of it all, she basically doesn’t give a fuck what anyone else thinks. Â There are some somewhat harsh words for Lady Gaga at the end, and again, while I do love her as well, the Born This Way album and all the hype for the album that she was fostering really kind of ended up in a sigh of “good, but eh?”
Oh Madonna, the memories I have of listening to your music! Â As a very young boy, my first tape I ever owned was Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” because I basically fell in love with the song, Material Girl. Â Am I using the right AMA guidelines for album and song notations? Â Anyway! Â Loved the album then and still do – but there was a long period of time after that where I, as a Lego- and Transformers-obsessed kid, where I didn’t continue riding the Madonna train. Â Ew, that sounds gross. Â I instead fell in love with “oldies” music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Â I was mortified at that young, highly-sensitive-to-peer-pressure age, to tell anyone except my parents that I enjoyed that style of music over anything else in the late 80s. Â Don’t get me wrong (ah, a great Pretenders track!), I was still aware of some of the great pop stuff that arose in the late 80s, but by then, it was becoming much more rock-based and I had no use for that. Â I still really don’t. Â So I would lie to cousins and friends (although at that time, I really didn’t have many) and say I liked Poison and Def Leppard (how sad I was to stoop so low).
So it was then 1990 or 1991, the year that Madonna’s Immaculate Collection of her greatest hits up to that point was released. Â I think I was with my Dad in Puerto Rico and he got me that tape. Â Oh dear. Â Talk about feeling like the first time. Â I was overwhelmed with Â my love for her music. Â Was I actually enjoying modern pop music again? Â Â I excitedly came back to my Sophomore year of high school at good ol’ MHS and raved about how much I loved Madonna’s latest album. Â I could not have been more unaware of what that was screaming to people. Â Seriously, I was one of the most naive and clueless people you’ve ever met. Â I was that way for the longest time too. Â I think I know, still, the exact moment when I realized how much of Â a chump I was concerning other people. Â But that’s a story for another day, but that moment wasn’t until after my first year of college. Â Yeah, seriously.
From that Immaculate CollectionÂ moment on, I’ve firmly and always been in the Madonna camp. Â Although EroticaÂ threw me for a loop as I definitely couldn’t process the raw sexual energy that album was pummeling my ears with, I went with it. Â I loved the dance-able tracks like “Deeper and Deeper” (innuendo was lost on me….well, maybe even I knew what she was insinuating there). Â With time, I’ve grown to appreciate Erotica‘s charms and find it one of her more interesting records. Â While I was in college, Madonna released Bedtime Stories, an album which I recently listened to again in a concerted effort to try to appreciate it more. Â I can’t say I hate any Madonna album, and I don’t hate BS (an apt abbreviation though), but it’s just so bland and generic. “Secret” is a catchy song, but between that and “Human Nature” (an admittedly awesome song), there is so much trite lite hip-hop pop it’s almost unbearable. Â Until you get to the end with “Bedtime Story” – one of my favorite tracks from her still and one of my introductions to electronic-style music. Â It’s definitely not what you’d call trance in this day and age, but it looks at the musical style boundaries and winks. Â And that video!? Â Hooooo-boy! Â That shit was crazy. Â It still is. Â How could this be a video from the same artist who was Marilyn Monroe in the video for “Material Girl”? Â It definitely hinted at another massive change – which we got with Ray of LightÂ a year or so later.
I realized I could keep going on and on about my damn obsession with Madonna – and I will. Â There is a lot more to write in that vein, as she’s definitely been one of those things in my life that have, to be cliche, helped shape who I am as well as provide a crucial soundtrack to what has been my interesting life thus far.
The point of this point was just to link to an interesting and well-written defense of Madonna. Â Look at what happened! Â Can’t wait to see her at the Super Bowl as well as hear what the new album, MDNA, sounds like!