Friday, March 23, 2012

Madonna • Girls Gone Wild & Others

Madonna - Girls Gone Wild Madonna - Like A Virgin
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach Madonna - Justify My Love

Since Madonna is releasing a new video for her latest song, Girls Gone Wild, I thought is was a good time to not only view the new one, but also take a look at a few of her earlier videos, all of which had their fair share of people taking notice, for one reason or another. But first, let's take a look at the video for the song Girls Gone Wild, off the album MDNA, to be released Monday, March 26th.



Of course, as soon as previews of the video were seen, the comparisons started, with diehard fans of other artists suggesting it was derivative of either Beyoncé or Lady GaGa, yet I am old enough to remember when Madonna was practically the only game in town, making music and videos that were getting noticed across the globe. Take, for instance, a look at 1984 and a little video she did for the song Like A Virgin. It took almost no time for the Catholic Church and some very uptight parents to create quite the outcry, not enjoying the young woman writhing around the gondola in the canals of Venice, adorned in crucifixes.



Just two years later, it would be hard to imagine the controversy created when Madonna released a new video, the second single off the True Blue album. The year was 1986, and the song was Papa Don't Preach. It was fascinating to me, those same church folk were astounded there could be a song and video that would bring up the topic of teen pregnancy, and a young girl exercising her right to make a choice, and to keep the baby.



As I said, I could never understand why the Pro-life community would be so offended a young girl would choose to have her baby. I suspect they actually were bothered the discussion was happening at all, and that children might ask a question about the "dirty deed." However, that was once again nothing compared to the firestorm created in 1990, when she released a greatest hits record, the aptly named The Immaculate Collection. The album included a brand new song, written for Madonna by Lenny Kravitz, based on a poem by Ingrid Chavez. The sultry Justify My Love was a sprawling and sexy song, and the video took it up a notch. This is the video that was banned by MTV.



The video also featured Madonna's then-boyfriend, the stunning Tony Ward. Stylistically, the video was a grainy homage to European art house films, and to the great French actress Jeanne Moreau. The media storm following the MTV banning, the video was released and quickly became the biggest selling video single.

For me, since Madonna has been making great music and amazing music videos for so long, I am not gonna listen to the drivel spewed by people, and instead just be happy I've had Madonna's music to enjoy for the last 29 years. To learn more about Madonna, check out her official website here. MDNA will be available wherever music is sold Monday, March 26rd.

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