It's a sort of sonic sequel to "Beautiful Stranger," with Madonna and Orbit returning to the tremolo'd riffs, frazzled synths and soupy drums of that single, but adding some modern flair to the electro-rock production -- and a bit more blood-pumping urgency to Madonna's vocal. It's about another infatuation with a gorgeous mystery man, but this time the undertow proves both more sinister and more irresistible; by the time a blacked-out Madge rapturously insists "Oh, it's amazing!
Even on her most challenging albums, Madonna tended to throw a rope to casual fans with one easily understood, highly accessible ballad. Built around one of pop music's most timeless central lyrical images, it's got a depth of production and vocal nuance that suggests Madonna's spin on a great late-'80s Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis slow jam. It's too bad Madonna relegated this Avicii collaboration for the deluxe edition of Rebel Heart.
Easily the My Sensation - Eye Eye - Common Ground (CD resonant track on I'm Breathless"Something to Remember" is more in the mold of George Michael's "Kissing a Fool," mixing pre-rock-era vocal-jazz influences with off-kilter contemporary production to give a particularly affecting ballad an unnerving out-of-time feel. Inspired by Madonna's toxic marriage to actor Sean Penn, the lyrics are some of her finest, and the song set the bar so high for the singer-songwriter's '90s ballads that it ultimately ended up titling a compilation of her best.
The emotional climax of Erotica is as devastating a ballad as Madonna ever released. Like "Spanish Eyes" three years earlier, "In This Life" is an AIDS-inspired eulogy, but her grief has hardened into fury over the senseless death of her friends and the total public ignorance and lack of response to it as everyone waits "for this thing to go away.
But while most versions of this classic smolder, Madonna gets distant and detached, delivering an icy club banger that sounds less like a torch song from yesteryear and more like a soundtrack for anonymous encounters that would make Ms. Lee blush. At the height of the trip-hop's international pull, U. The resulting cover collab was the perfect mix of the former's grinding beats and lush strings with the latter's mid-'90s cool, reflective sensuality, which Madonna was pleased enough with to use as the opener to her Something to Remember compilation that year.
The two artists nearly met back up three years later for what eventually became a signature hit for Massive Attack, "Teardrop" -- how it might've sounded with Madonna instead of Liz Fraser on vocals remains one of '90s pop's great what-ifs. After a historic run of 16 consecutive top five singles, Madonna's seemingly unstoppable winning streak was finally interrupted by "Oh Father," an orchestral, melodramatic waltz about the singer-songwriter's fraught relationship with her dad.
The song's relative lack of chart success -- it peaked at No. Try to quiz your pop fan friends to name Madonna's 12 Hot No. The flick's soundtrack, featuring four new Madge songs, was obviously more of a success, and the title track expanded on the Spanglish hook and Latin-flavored pop bounce of "La Isla Bonita" with a similarly contagious chorus and sparkling production from Madonna and Patrick Leonard.
All artists should be so lucky to have this as the least of their many No. As far as proper studio albums go, Ray of Light Album) famously Madonna's vocal showcase: For 's movie-musical Evitathe singer underwent extensive vocal training, and she was reportedly so thrilled by what she accomplished in her lessons that she used to leave her friends voicemails of herself singing to show them what her body could do.
On Ray of Light 's fourth single, you can hear that practice in action with the airy trill she deploys at the end of every line, lending an earth-goddess vibe to William Orbit's sidewinding instrumentation. It's a no-punches-pulled song about endings, but it feels like a beginning. Madonna, In the Zone One of only a handful of feature appearances Madonna has made over her career, "Me Against the Music" remains a deeply weird collab between two of the biggest pop stars of the last half-century.
It's an alternately competitive, seductive and schizophrenic duet, with a frenetic energy and muddled structure -- not to mention the most Neptunes-like beat that Pharrell never actually touched. It made no sense as a lead single in front of "Toxic," no less!
This easy, breezy trifle from Bedtime Stories is all about keeping things movin' and groovin', so it makes sense that the track is propelled by a groovy, carefree bass line. No need to check the liner notes: Prince's musical fingerprints are all over this one, from his sky-high falsetto to his funky guitar. Kanye West, Hard Candy One of the most musically ambitious tracks of Madonna's s, "Sky Fits Heaven" blends trance throb with drum n bass propulsion, ambient atmsopherics and even some light rock shredding for a strikingly buoyant soundscape.
Madonna's final great bubblegum pop song of the '80s -- and maybe ever, since its innocence would prove understandably hard to recapture in the decades to come. Madonna pretty much set the gold standard for dance-pop anthems with gospel choirs when she first got down on her knees back to take us there inbut the first single from Rebel Heart is a similarly worthy entrant in that tradition. If the extra voices joining in on the uplifting "I'm gonna carry on" hook doesn't put some pep in your step, a thundering house beat courtesy of Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid with Alicia Keys on piano!
An emotional lyrical rendering from Madonna -- and an absolutely gorgeous synthscape courtesy of her and co-producer Patrick Leonard -- elevates what could've otherwise been a pat soundtrack single from the absurd '90s college dramedy With Honors to one of her great one-offs.
Its No. Think of it as the closest thing to a Madonna Manifesto on wax. From the start, Hard Candy was never going to be Madonna's most original album. The song's core pulse held some allure, however, and longtime remixer Junior Vasquez drew it out with his far more maximal Wet Dream Remix, which found the implicit hedonism in the song's hook -- and determined that it need not have to choose between the bedroom and the dance floor after all.
This dreamy-eyed single -- written, in true '80s fashion, for the Matthew Modine wrestling drama Vision Quest -- marked a couple of firsts for Madonna: her first Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance and her first hit ballad. That sonic shift, perfect for young fans desperate for a slow song to come on so they could get closer to their partner, foretold the versatility to come from the pop star. A year before Debbie Gibson and Tiffany essentially set the gold standard for America-conquering mall-pop, Madonna buried the blueprint in the middle of her True Blue album with "Where's the Party?
The key to the song is the little snarl that she packs into each " Where's the party?? You can almost hear Madonna try to mask tears as her cracked voice tells the tale of a woman who attempts to find love through tendless one-night stands and drunken late nights on the town.
The tightest of Madonna's collaborations with superproducers The Neptunes on her underrated Hard Candy album, "She's Not Me" is a disco throwback with a deadly groove and a wicked sense of humor, which even provides its own inch remix with an outro that dissolves into Auto-Tuned 21st-century clubbiness.
The song's strut partly courtesy of The Revolution's Wendy Melvoin on acoustic guitar and winkingly paranoid lyric provide all the juice the song really needed, but it got an extra spark anyway when Madge played it as part of her mash-up of "Express Yourself" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on 's MDNA tour -- inspiring some educated speculation about who'd most recently been freaking Madonna out by dressing like her and talking like her.
Madonna's first-ever single set the tone for much of her catalog to come, persuading club-goers to lose themselves to dance and kick-starting the theme of inclusivity that is still central to her message today: There is no separation of class, gender, race, sexuality or any other label when everybody is sweating it out together on the dance floor.
On the growling electro-pop jam, the duo brew up a dizzying cauldron of bubbling techno and syncopated rhythms that resist traditional production tropes and leave you feeling dizzy, invigorated and entranced all at once.
What other superstar could flex their icon status and name-check themselves in a chorus and still have it feel completely earned? It's a song about intimacy disguised as a song about betrayal, and it showed that Madonna could rebound from the bad press of the Erotica era without reverting to playing it safe.
Certainly the most innocent-sounding song to nonetheless earn inclusion on Tipper Gore and the PMRC's infamous "Filthy Fifteen" list of the current pop songs they found to be most objectionable, "Dress You Up" arguably borders on adult content with its repeated "all over your body" exhortations but stays PG at worst with its generally over-caffeinated exuberance. Album) a knockout chorus, infectious synth line and some exceptionally placed " Owww " backing vocals, the fact that "Dress You Up" was only the fourth-best single to be pulled from Like a Virgin suggested what a force to be reckoned with Madonna would remain for the rest of the millennium.
Who else besides Madonna has the power to transform a scathing diss targeted for an ex-lover into one of the best and most empowering dance hits of the '00s? The lyrics again concerned intimacy, but this time they were a plea to her partner to open up, with the chorus no longer content with all the secrets her baby was keeping.
It one-upped the Bedtime Stories lead single in most areas, including on the Hot -- where "Secret" peaked at No. No song better married the experimental impulses of American Life with her more accessible pop sensibilities like this topsy-turvy electro-romp, which simultaneously romanticized dreams of Tinseltown stardom while also calling out their emptiness.
Of course a song about the phoniness of the entertainment industry would soundtrack her infamous stunt at the '03 VMAs. The Studio Demos 7 songs, ? Babooshka differs in style and might have been recorded at Dave Gilmor's studio, some comments on various bootlegs about the second version suggest this. The file-sharing networks are filled with songs misattributed to Kate.
It is not known if this is due to someone deliberately doing so, or if the songs were originally unattributed, and someone thought they had made a great discovery. The 'official' young Kate, full of passion, including her up to date only British number one megahit Wuthering Heights. Lionheart LH, November 13, :. Quick follow-up to TKI, but still true Kate, i. It's out of print now, and you might have to search a bit. Caveat Emptor: This boxed set, while not really a bootleg in the traditional sense, in not in any way authorized by Kate or EMI.
Shows the beginning of Kate's career as a producer and a general change of style away from the girlish high pitched voice from the first two albums. This album is also available in a special edition similar to the "A Lioness At Heart" box. Also out of print it additionally includes a numbered certificate. Again, this is not an official re-packaging.
The Dreaming td, September 13, :. Many say this is Kate's best work to date, though it was not as successful commercially. Difficult to get into, but if you finally reach it, then: play it Box of all UK 7" vinyl singles up tovery collectible. It contains a booklet and the following singles:.
Hounds of Love HoL, September 16, :. Two sided album, even on CD. One side light, one side dark. The dark side once was supposed to be filmed, but the movie got lost in all the promotion that came around HoL and TWS.
Side two, also called The Ninth Wave, is about a woman drowning alone at night in the sea. Things you buy now won't wear out. You buy a compass or a GPS for the dash of your car. You send money to PBS. The truths about age It's harder and harder for sexual harassment charges to stick. Your eyes won't get much worse. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. People send you this list. When I'm an old lady, I'll live with my son, And make his life happy and filled with such fun, I want to pay back all the joy he's provided, Returning each deed.
Oh, he'll be so excited When I'm an old lady and live with my son. I'll write on the wall with red, white, and blue; And bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes. I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out. I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, will he shout!
When he's on the phone and just out of reach, I'll get into things like sugar and bleach. Oh, he'll snap his fingers and then shake his head, And when he is done I'll hide under the bed.
When my son's wife cooks dinner and calls me to meals, I'll not eat my green beans or salads congealed. I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table, And when she gets angry, run fast as I'm able. I'll sit close to the TV, thru the channels I'll click, I'll cross both my eyes to see if they stick, I'll take off my socks and throw one away, And play in the mud until the end of the day.
Red Buttons, appearing on Dennis Miller's Show, announced he was 80 years old but that 80 is not "old. Age-O-Meter: How many do you remember? Blackjack chewing gum 2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 3. Candy cigarettes 4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles 5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes 6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers 7. Party lines 8. Newsreels before the movie 9. Flyers Butch wax Telephone numbers with a word prefix Olive - Peashooters Howdy Doody Hi-fi's Metal ice trays with levers Mimeograph paper Blue flashbulbs Beanie and Cecil Roller skate keys Cork popguns Drive45;ins Studebakers Wash tub wringers.
Two elderly men were eating breakfast in a restaurant one morning. Ed noticed something funny about Joe's ear. He said, "Joe did you know you've got a suppository in your left ear? Then said: "Ed, I'm glad you saw this thing.
Now I know where my hearing aid is. Three older ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand in front of the refrigerator and can't remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich. Then said, "That must be the door, I'll get it! Today at the drugstore, the clerk was a gent.
From my purchase this chap took off ten percent. I asked for the cause of a lesser amount; And he answered, "Because of the Senior Discount".
I went to McDonald's for a burger and fries; And there, once again, got quite a surprise. The clerk poured some coffee which he handed to me. He said, "'For you, Seniors, the coffee is free". Understand - I'm not old - I'm merely mature. But some things are changing, temporarily, I'm sure. The newspaper print gets smaller each day, And people speak softer - can't hear what they say. My teeth are my own I have the receiptAnd my glasses identify people I meet.
Oh, I've slowed down a bit You see, I'm not old. I'm only mature. The gold in my hair has been bleached by the sun. You should see all the damage that chlorine has done. Washing my hair has turned it all white, But don't call it gray My car is all paid for Yet a kid yells, "Old duffer Still I get all that guff from a punk who's "Hell bent. They seem much more wrinkled, from what I can see. I've got "character lines", not wrinkles The steps in the houses they're building today Are so high that they take And the streets are much steeper than ten years ago.
That should explain why my walking is slow. But I'm keeping up on what's hip and what's new, And I think I can still dance a mean boogaloo. I'm still in the running A man, celebrating his th birthday, was being interviewed by the local newspaper reporter. The centenarian answered, "I make sure I get up every morning". The puzzled reporter asked, "And just how do you do that? Now that I' an older woman I see at least five men everyday. There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.
For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt. Reason to smile: Every seven minutes of every day, someone in an aerobics class pulls a hamstring. Families are like fudge Middle age is when you choose cereal for the fiber, not the toy. The more you complain, the longer God lets you live. You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
Growing Older and enjoying it For ladies. There's nothing the matter with me, I'm just as healthy as can be, I have arthritis in both knees, And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak, my blood is thin, But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in. All my teeth have had to come out, And my diet I hate to think about. I'm overweight and I can't get thin, But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in. And arch supports I need for my feet. Or I wouldn't be able to go out Album) the street. Sleep is denied me night after night, But every morning I find I'm all right.
My memory is failing, my head is in a spin. But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in. Old age is golden - I've heard it said, But sometimes I wonder, as I go to bed.
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup, And my glasses on a shelf, until I get up. And when sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself, Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf? The reason I know my Youth has been spent, Is my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went! But really I don't mind, when I think with a grin, Of all the places my get-up has been.
I get up each morning and dust off my wits, Pick up the paper and read the obits. If my name is missing, I'm therefore not dead, So I eat a good breakfast and jump back into bed. The moral of this as the tale unfolds, Is that for you and me, who are growing old. It is better to say "I'm fine" with a grin, Than to let people know the shape we are in. And isn't breaking any laws. You almost enjoy hearing about other people's operations. People call at 9 pm and ask, "Did I wake you? You talk about "good grass" and mean someone's lawn.
A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at McDonald's. He noticed that they had ordered one meal, and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman carefully divided the hamburger in half, then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them.
Then he poured half of the soft drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching, with her hands folded in her lap. The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn't have to split theirs. The old gentleman said, "Oh, no. It's his turn with the teeth. Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?
If you're less than ten years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. You get into your teen;; now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number. You could be 12, but you're gonna be Even the words sound like a ceremony Then you TURN What happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk. What's wrong? What changed? REACH By then you've built up so much speed, you HIT After that, it's a day by day thing.
You get into your 80's; In the 90's, you start going backwards. If you make it overyou become a little kid again. When Kool-Aid was the only other drink for kids, other than milk and sodas. When there were two types of sneakers for boys. When boys couldn't wear anything but leather shoes to school. When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up. When all your friends got their hair cut at the kitchen table.
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there. When nobody owned a pure-bred dog. When a dime was a decent allowance, and a quarter a huge bonus. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then. When your mom wore nylons that came in Album) pieces. When all your teachers wore either neckties or had their hair done, everyday. When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time.
You ALSO got trading stamps to boot! When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box. When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed-and did! When women were called, "Mrs. John Smith," instead of their own name.
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the My Sensation - Eye Eye - Common Ground (CD that there's a car going the wrong way on Please be careful.
When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed, and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out. It's speculated that if John Glenn goes into orbit at age 78, his space capsule will be circling the earth at 10 miles per hour, with the left-turn signal on. My father-in-law, after struggling from the dock to his place in the boat on a fishing trip said: "If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.
Being older brings its own pleasures. Nothing tops eating chocolate candy while the taste of toothpaste is still fresh in your mouth. You can tell you're getting old when You get winded playing games on the computer.
You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there. A dripping faucet causes an uncontrollable bladder urge. You can't stand all those damn stupid people who are intolerant. That sweet young thing you were just gonna' hit on calls you sir.
You turn out the light for economic reasons rather than romantic ones. Your pacemaker opens the garage door as you watch a girl walk by. Your "little black book" contains way too many names ending in M. You know all of the answers, but nobody asks you the questions anymore. Q: What's the definition of aging? A: When you're not as good as you once were, but you're as good as you were once.
Asylum Logic During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director Albert what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. Question : What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer : Normal. Crawford Att. You're sitting on a park bench, and a Boy Scout comes up and helps you cross your legs. Lawn care has become a big highlight of your life. You tune into the easy listening station You light the candles on your birthday cake, and a group of campers form a circle and start singing "Kumbaya.
You start video taping daytime game shows. You wonder why you waited so long to take up macrame. Your insurance company has started sending you their free calendar At cafeterias, you complain that the gelatin is too tough.
Your new easy chair has more options than your car. When you do the "Hokey Pokey" you put your left hip out One of the throw pillows on your bed is a hot water bottle. Conversations with people your own age often turn into "dueling ailments. It takes a couple of tries to get over a speed bump. You discover the words, "whippersnapper," "scalawag," and "by-cracky" creeping into your vocabulary. You're on a TV game show and you decide to risk it all and go for the rocker. You begin every other sentence with, "Nowadays You look both ways before crossing a room.
You come to the conclusion that your worst enemy is gravity. You go to a garden party and you're mainly interested in the garden. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
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