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Sunday, December 4, 2011

THINK OF ME

     Although not a hit, "Think Of Me" is one of my favorite tracks off her debut album.  It's funky and fresh and has a sax solo that's just so tight.  This is sublime 80s pop- and a reminder of just how strong this debut album really was.  

MADONNA ON THE ROOFTOP


      The famous "rooftop" photo shoot.








SOLID GOLD 1983

     Madonna performing her hit "Holiday" on Solid Gold.



Saturday, December 3, 2011

HOLIDAY

     

     On September 7 of '83, "Holiday" became Madonna's first Top 20 hit and an undying club anthem.  To this day, it's often quoted as Madonna's all-time best song.  It's irresistible and timeless pop.  And unique.  So unique.  I simply cannot imagine anybody else singing Madonna's songs.  "Holiday" will forever be one of Madonna's greatest distributions to club music, and being her first official "hit" on the charts, often considered the song that started the never-ending party.  Delicious and danceable, it sounds better than ever.  So far Madonna has sang "Holiday" in all her tours except her last two, the "Confessions" and "Sticky and Sweet" Tours.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

BURNING UP

   

      Released on March 9 as the second official single off her debut album, "Burning Up" peaked at #3 on the dance charts.  "Burning Up" is most definitely a fan favorite today- and one of my personal favorites as well.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

MADONNA: THE FIRST ALBUM

  

      On July 27, 1983 a self-titled album was released by a then-unknown singer with the unusual name of Madonna.  No one had any idea whatsoever that this was the beginning of an extra-ordinary and legendary career.  A new musical icon had arrived- one that would go on to join the ranks of Elvis, The Beatles,and Michael Jackson.  And a female icon, at that.  Rock had always had its bad boys.  Now the girls (and boys!) got Madonna.    She would go on to become a brilliant visual artist, and this first album, although nowhere near the creative heights she would later achieve, still shows an extremely impressive and strong debut album.  Especially in the late 70's and early 80's- an era chock full of one-hit wonders. "Holiday", "Lucky Star", "Borderline", "Burning Up", Everybody",  "Think Of Me", and "Physical Attraction" are standout hits, and along with her unique and sexy style are what made this album so memorable and iconic in the first place.  The album went on to be certified 5x Platinum and would eventually sell over 8 million copies worldwide.
       Sandwiched perfectly between the end of disco and the dawn of New Wave, she was able to find a unique voice and sound.  Filled with catchy pop hooks and shimmering synth beats,  "MADONNA" is an essential 80's album.  Madonna first became popular in the underground club scene of New York, and this record perfectly captures that time and place.
     Her legendary ambition shines through on this album- she makes it very clear who she is and what she's all about.  Revolutionary in that it perfectly melded the underground dance scene, New Wave, and a bit of punk all in one exciting, raw package, it's undeniably one of the greatest albums to emerge from the early 80's.  Madonna's first album brilliantly took disco (which was sadly dead at this point) and re-shaped it into cutting-edge dance pop.  Yielding 3 Top 20 hits, but a whole handful of dance anthems, Madonna's first album is a dance classic that rightfully started one of the most significant female careers in music history.  Now digitally re-mastered, "Madonna" sounds better than ever.