- Feb 3, 2004
She really has an embarrassment of riches. This is obviously 1989 to 1999-centric.
1. Like a Prayer - the imagery of her dancing with the dark hair and burning crosses is literally the pinnacle of pop music for me.
2. Take a Bow -she's never looked better
3. Express Yourself
4. Bad Girl - she can act!
5. Drowned World - often imitated (Everytime) but this can't be beat
6. Material Girl - iconic homage
7. Human Nature - the bookend of the "original" madonna era
Special mentions to "Bedtime Story", "The Power of Goodbye", "American Life (Original Uncut)", "Justify My Love", "I Want You", "Don't Tell Me"...
Must say I am pleasantly surprised by the 'Nothing Really Matters' love - it would definitely be in my top 10 probably a week from today.
Although I accept the cultural appropriation issue, the Queen of Research and Literature was heavy into Memoirs of a Geisha (and I think at the time was considering being involved in the film in some shape or form) and had said that her look was based on Hatsumomo from the book. There is also a fair bit of symbolism about life/death/rebirth in the visuals (particularly the scene where she lays down and they letter her back), so it wasn't simply a case of picking a look out of a FASHUN magazine or whatever (hi Gwen Stefani with LAMB and bye Katy Perry with 'Unconditional').
She influenced the way I view that film so muchImagine Madonna had been cast as a Japanese geisha in that movie
The outcry we'd have over that today...
I will never un-laminate my stan card and I was still very much on board with 'Hollywood' but 'Love Profusion' in full Esther English Roses garb made me doubt my internal anal sphincter...Plus she looks absolutely stunning with that hurrrr. Why did this bish make me unlaminate my stan card circa Hollywood?