Day one of my week with Madonna, and first up I have chosen the classic 'Vogue'.
Vogue was released in 2000. It was taken from Madonna's album 'Breathless'. Its also been on later compilation albums and has become one of her most iconic tracks.
The song is quite dance based, but given the era, its not unusual. What is unusual is her vocals. Rather than her sometimes squeaky vocals, she sounds much deeper in her 90's releases, and this track in particular sees her sultry voice talking through style icons of the 20's and 30's.
The lyrics and music make you want to strut your stuff on the dancefloor. 'Strike a pose, there's nothing to it, Vogue'. Then there are those arm movements, mirrored by all of us girls of a certain age at the time. I can still remember how to work that pose! (in my school uniform!)
The video is shot in black and white. It features Madge with a short curly blonde do. At times waved circa 1930's, other times more sleek like Monroe in the 50's/60's. Madonna clearly was trying to imitate the greats with her poses, but then brings it back to modern day when she dances in a tailored tux, and still pulls off looking sexy.
Lots of very fit and attractive dancers do their thing around her, but nothing detracts the attention away. Towards the end she is perched on the edge of a seat, with jewels down her back writhing slightly to the music. She even has appeal from behind. Very elegant in this video, which isn't always the case with Madge!
Great song, great video. Distinctive right from the intro, its instantly recognisable. Apparently 'vogueing' was already happening in the underground gay scene, but Madonna made it mainstream. Unsurprisingly, this dance come pop track bought its edgy coolness to the UK and it hit the number one spot. Its continued to be one of her staples on tour since.
If you haven't heard it before, or just haven't heard it for a while go take a listen, and let me know what you think.
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