We dive into the story of Madonna’s first remix album You Can Dance, which inspired generations of pop artists to rework their bops for club dance floors
Named after the iconic line from undisputed classic “Into the Groove,” 1987’s seven-track collection You Can Dance may be considered one of the more inessential parts of Madonna’s 40-year discography.
But in a curious way, it’s up there with the likes of Like A Prayer and Ray of Light as her most groundbreaking.
The Queen of Pop wasn’t the first act to embrace the remix album, of course. 1982’s Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing saw fellow provocateurs Soft Cell give their debut Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret a clubbier makeover, including, in Marc Almond’s words, the “first acid house techno record ever.”
And a year earlier The B-52’s had cemented their status as America’s premier party band with even more danceable versions of their early hits on Party Mix!
But Madge was the first genuine superstar to realise the power of the DJ.
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