M is for Madonna
I remember hearing or reading somewhere that Madonna hates the nickname “Material Girl” that was attached to her after this song and video were released. It’s funny how we don’t really ever get to pick our nick names. This year when the Miley Cyrus fiasco went down I went and watched Madonna’s infamous performance and was really amused by how incredibly tame it was.
I think like Janet Jackson, Madonna was deeply influential to most guys my age, between her aping Marilyn Monroe in this video, reworking Beauty and Beast in her “Like a Virgin” video and then whatever the hell was happening in “Like a Prayer”
I have a funny memory from when I went to St. Clare’s Catholic School in Palm Beach Gardens sitting with my sister and my two younger cousins as a young girl told us how Madonna was awful and blasphemy and described in detail about how wrong it was that she was kissing black Jesus. Mere moments later the song came on over the top 40 radio station and the girl was singing a lot to it and shoulder shaking. I pointed out that the song playing was the one she has just been complaining about.
She was shocked.
I guess blasphemy is okay as long as it’s got a good beat.