The Girlie Show videography updated and restyled (17 items)

The Girlie Show – Live Down Under was released in 1994 after first airing on HBO (with some different camera angles). The Girlie Show was also professionally filmed in Fukuoka Japan but was never commercially released as the Australian recording was. The recording has yet to be released on blu-ray.

We have updated and restyled the videography page including a total of 17 items.

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Hollywood Flashback: Mary Lambert Reflects on Directing Madonna’s Controversial “Like a Prayer” Music Video

Like a Prayer and inset of Mary Lambert
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The pop star’s 1989 video, which was banned by the Vatican, featured the singer dancing in front of burning crosses, experiencing stigmata and kissing a statue of a Black Jesus who comes to life in a church.

Lil Nas X’s video for “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” — with its glistening pole to hell and sexy satanic lap dance — has reignited the culture wars in ways not seen since the 1980s. Back then, Madonna’s video for “Like a Prayer” was the controversy to beat.

It featured the singer, then 30, dancing in front of burning crosses, experiencing stigmata and kissing a statue of a Black Jesus who comes to life in a church. (The “Saint,” as he was described in the script to appease production executives, was portrayed by actor Leon, who also plays a young man wrongly accused of a crime in the piece.) The video debuted on MTV on Feb. 23, 1989 and was the fifth that Mary Lambert had conceived and directed for the pop star.

“I wanted to explore the correlation between sexual ecstasy and religious ecstasy,” Lambert, 69, tells THR, adding that “the idea of a Black Jesus was scary to a lot of people.” That character “came from Madonna telling me she wanted to ‘fuck a Black guy on the altar,'” Lambert recalls. “I said, ‘Well, why not have it be a Black Jesus? Let’s just go all the way.’ She liked that.” The burning crosses evoked “the idea of appropriation,” Lambert continues, “that the Ku Klux Klan could take a cross, which is a holy symbol to a lot of people, and appropriate it in a way to instill fear and horror and promote race hatred. I wanted to turn that on its head.”

The backlash to the video was intense: The Vatican banned it, and Pope John Paul II encouraged fans to boycott Madonna in Italy. “I don’t remember anybody standing up for it,” she says. “Except the general public.” A far tamer Pepsi commercial set to the song (and made for four times the budget) was yanked fast. “I was very proud of that,” Lambert says.

As for Lil Nas X’s effort, Lambert is impressed, calling it “an amazing visual poem — a sort of folktale about fucking the devil, basically.”

This story first appeared in the April 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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19 different “Like a Virgin” promo adverts online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After adding four new “Like a Virgin” promotional adverts from Australia, UK and USA to our dedicated “Like a Virgin” page, we now have a total of 19 promotional adverts for the lead single/album from 1984 online!

This is it for the “Like a Virgin” single for now as we are moving on to the promotional adverts for “Material Girl”

To check them all out in full (and the other promo adverts that were online already) click HERE

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Material Girl 12″ record scented with Chanel No.5?

Did you know that Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” wasn’t her first ‘scented’ release? Decades later we are still smelling the patchouli.

According to various reports, the second single from the “Like a Virgin” album, “Material Girl” was scented with Chanel no.5

The promotional advert as published in Billboard states: 12″ Maxi Single (Extended Dance Remix, Scented package) and an article from Smash Hits (February/March 1985) where they’re giving away “Material Girl” promotional posters they write:

In its full 12″ glory, it’s no ordinary record. It’s perfumed with the tres expensive scent of Chanel No.5. Pretty Groovy huh?

Check out all articles in full at the Like a Virgin page

I have sniffed at my promotional 12″ record of “Material Girl” (with press release) but other than it being musty with mothballs I could not locate any trace of Chanel no.5………

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Radio 2 Presents Pop Year 1985 (includes Madonna) Tonight (NPO 2 extra 23.15) Dutch TV

The 80s in pop music are considered the decade of superstars and the pop year 1985 is the pinnacle of that. Leo Blokhuis takes us back to the year in which Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Madonna dominate the charts. In addition, there is Band Aid, Live Aid and USA for Africa and Mick Jagger and David Bowie are number 1 with their version of the Motown hit Dancing in the street.

23:15 to 00:30

NPO 2 extra

Repeated on: April 8 (17.40), April 10 (13.00), April 11 (05.40), April 12 (07.35)

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Diablo Cody didn’t ‘quit’ Madonna biopic despite reports: studio source

EW has confirmed Madonna and the Oscar-nominated Juno writer turned in a final draft of the script before the latter ‘moved on’ to a new project.

Reports swirled earlier this week that Diablo Cody had shown Madonna‘s self-directed biopic the power of goodbye, but EW can confirm that the pair turned in a finished, final draft of the script they spent months working on throughout 2020.

A studio source at Universal, where the film is gestating, tells EW that reports of the Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter’s “departure” from the movie have been exaggerated, and that Cody simply completed her work and moved on to her next project.

Cody and Madonna recently delivered a completed draft of the film to the studio, which is looking at developing the current version ahead of production. It’s unclear whether additional work will be done on the version the women turned in, as big-budget productions normally go through rewrites, treatments, and polishing before shooting begins.

The Sun first reported news of Cody’s alleged exit, indicating difficulties between the two reportedly leading to Cody’s decision to walk away. Representatives for Cody and Madonna didn’t respond to EW’s requests for comment.

After months of teasing a secret project with Cody throughout 2020, Madonna announced in September that they had indeed been working on a biopic about her life that she would direct herself, and further revealed extensive plot details that the writer-director pair had included so far in the unfinished draft’s first 107 pages.

Most of the film, Madonna said, would follow her “struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world as a woman, and really just the journey,” which she described as a “happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad, and ugly” tale of the making of a superstar. Milestones Madonna and Cody discussed at the time included the pop icon’s rise through the entertainment industry in New York City, writing “Like a Prayer,” filming Evita, and her connection with Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza, two members of New York City’s Harlem ballroom scene that played a monumental role in the success of her 1990 smash song “Vogue.”

Fans have since speculated as to who could portray Madonna in the film, with unconfirmed reports swirling that Oscar nominee Florence Pugh was considered for the part alongside Ozark‘s Julia Garner13 Reasons Why star Anne Winters made a public plea for the role late last year, donning a series of Madonna-inspired looks in an Instagram photo set.

Elsewhere, Cody is working in Atlanta to bring the CW’s live-action Powerpuff Girls adaptation to life as the project’s executive producer and writer. Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Dove Cameron (Descendants), and Yana Perrault (Jagged Little Pill) are set to star in the prospective series.

A release date for the currently untitled Madonna biopic has yet to be announced.

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Madonna Shares Sexy Topless Selfies as She Asks, ‘Why Do I Always Have to Explain Everything?’

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Madonna isn’t answering to anyone but herself.

The 62-year-old pop icon posted a series of selfies to her Instagram grid on Friday, which showed her wearing a collection of several necklaces — and seemingly not much else.

In the topless images, Madonna gazes at the camera with a serious expression on her face as her long blonde hair hangs down the front of her body, concealing her breasts.

“Why do I have to Explain Everything … 🐰,” she wrote in the caption.

While Madonna didn’t elaborate on the nature of her caption, she has been in the news as of late regarding her presence on social media.

Last month, a woman named Amelia Goldie alleged that the “Vogue” signer had photoshopped her face onto Goldie’s body in a photo she posted six years ago, while promoting her album Rebel Heart.

In a video posted to her TikTok on March 10, Goldie shared a side-by-side image from a magazine that showed Madonna in an identical outfit and pose to hers, including a Joy Division T-shirt, houndstooth-pattern skirt and black platform heels.

“I [would] definitely laugh and say I’m flattered, but of course that I wish I was credited!” Goldie told Buzzfeed of how she’d respond if Madonna, whom she is a big fan of, ever reached out to her.

“I think if you’re going to play somebody else’s body off as your own, they deserve to be mentioned. But no hard feelings!” she added. (A rep for Madonna has not responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment, and the singer has not publicly addressed the allegations.)

 

On Thursday, the “Like a Virgin” hitmaker posted a series of sultry videos in which she seemed to be making her relationship with backup dancer/rumored boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams Instagram official.

In the videos, Madonna was wearing a purple hooded windbreaker over her long blonde locks, licking her lips seductively for what appeared to be a photo shoot with Williams, 26, as smoke billowed around the pair.

The two shared several steamy kisses throughout the footage, set to a background track of “Vanity” by Aftertheparty. At one point, Madonna even blew smoke into Williams’ mouth.

She also posted a shared of snapshots from the shoot, giving a closer look at her ensemble including large hoop earrings, a variety of necklaces, a wide-rimmed black hat, a low-cut black top — and, in one photo, a marijuana cigarette between her teeth.

While a rep for Madonna has not commented on the nature of her relationship with Williams, the two were spotted with his hands around her waist on her hotel balcony in Miami in December 2019. He’d been a fixture on her Instagram account since earlier that year, making appearances throughout the summer and fall, and has since popped up occasionally, including during her 62nd birthday trip to Jamaica in August.

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Justify My Love videography online – includes rare European promo video!

Justify My Love was Madonna’s first ever video single. The music video was deemed unfit for TV and therefore it was decided to release it as a video single. In Europe the record company added the MTV performance of “Vogue” to the video single. 

In the videography we have seven different pressings of the video for you to view. Most interesting is the European promo that is included, as this is the only copy I have ever come across.

Around 15 years ago on the mega record and CD fair in Utrecht I stumbled upon the VHS offered by a Dutch dealer. It caught my eye as I had never seen the video single in a full colour slipcase (same picture both sides), I was so intruiged by it I never thought of asking the seller more about it. Only thing he said to me was ‘interesting one hey?’, he asked 10 EUR for the tape.

The video is housed in a highly glossy thick cardboard slipcase, same picture printed both sides (same image as used on the sticker for the commercial video singles), the side and top have the title printed and the VHS has a sticker label with the title and mentions it is in PAL format. The tape is the length of the music video and stops right after it finishes. I have never come across another. Research has learned me that this is possibly a high security promo, hence so few around.

To check out all the pictures of this particular video and the others, check out our updated and restyled Justify My Love video page HERE

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MADGE DRIVES ME MAD Madonna’s movie biopic thrown into disarray as her writer Diablo Cody quits saying pop star is difficult to work with (unconfirmed)

THERE is more drama going on in getting Madonna’s biopic made than you will see on screen.

I’ve learned that her writer Diablo Cody has quit the project after finding Madge too difficult to work with.

Madonna posted a picture of herself smoking a suspicious cigarette

The pair spent weeks together last summer writing the movie, which is expected to take an in-depth look at the early years of her career.

But Diablo — who won an Oscar for screenwriting 2007’s Juno — and Madonna didn’t see eye-to-eye on the final version of the film.

When the Hung Up singer announced the project with Universal Pictures last September, she revealed she would be both co-writing and directing, but now her involvement is threatening to derail it.

She didn’t look too fussed today though, as she posted these photos of herself smoking a suspicious cigarette and snogging her boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams.

My movie insider said: “Madonna and Diablo spent weeks working on the screenplay and made good progress.

“But Madonna is understandably very particular about how she wants it to be. She’s a perfectionist and because it is about her life, she is being very careful about how things come across.

“Diablo needed more freedom to be able to make it work and ultimately decided she couldn’t contrib-ute any more.

“Universal Pictures knows it could be a massive earner for them, especially after the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, so are searching for a new writer.

“But Madonna doesn’t need the money and isn’t going to let a movie get made which she doesn’t feel is authentic to her experiences.”

When the film was announced, producer Amy Pascal said: “I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than collaborating with her and Diablo on bringing her true-life story to the big screen.”

However, they are not expected to formally announce her departure until a new writer is on board.

Brit Florence Pugh had been the most recent actress who Madonna was considering to play her, although casting is on hold until a script is ready.

Ozark actress Julia Garner was also in the running, while 13 Reasons Why star Anne Winters had put out a public plea to get the lead.

Whoever it is, they had better be prepared to put up with Madonna’s high standards.

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Madonna in Chart Beat and The Face (1984 / 1983)

You know an article isn’t an exclusive when you discover the same mistakes made in multiple articles. Such an example is the early interview The Face magazine published with Madonna in September, 1983. Madonna’s debut single is “Burning Up” and the follow-up is “Everybody/Physical Attraction” when we all know it was the other way around. The more difficult to find Chart Beat magazine published an article in January 1984 which is basically a shortened version of the interview previously published in The Face. Though the nice picture that goes along with it, makes it worthwhile to collect. 

To read both original articles visit the press section of The First Album

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10 Other Controversial Music Videos in Case You Need to Be More Outraged

Lil Nas X made quite a statement this past week with his latest music video for his new single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” in which he’s seen pole-dancing his way down to hell and giving the devil a lap dance. The artist has kept busy trolling conservatives across the twittersphere, sharing memes from fans and pushing out a load of Satan shoes into the world.

The outrage at Lil Nas X’s new offering sparks memories of other controversial music videos that got conservatives all riled up in their day. Here are the top 10 most controversial music videos.

1. Madonna, “Like A Prayer”
March 1989

 

Ahead of the album release of the same name, the video for “Like A Prayer” was pivotal for Madonna’s music career but spiked controversy among the Christian community for its sacrilegious imagery. With intimate visuals of Madonna kissing a Black saint figure as he came to life, her wild dancing in a field of burning crosses and her savior getting arrested after getting jumped by a group of white men, the music video tackles issues of racism, physical abuse and the artist’s experience with Catholicism. It’s no wonder the ambitious music video stirred a particular audience in the late 1980s.

In her book Madonna: An Intimate Biography, she said, “Like a Prayer is about the influence of Catholicism in my life and the passion it provokes in me. In these songs I’m dealing with specific issues that mean a lot to me. They’re about an assimilation of experiences I had in my life and my relationships.”

Full article at Dallas Observer

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The infamous moment Madonna appeared on Letterman

The infamous moment Madonna appeared on Letterman
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Before Madonna became British, she made an iconic potty-mouthed appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, an infamous occasion that took place on this day in 1994. 

The superstar wanders onto the set looking like the love child of a Hollywood golden era actress and a New York CBGB’s punk and greeted David by calling him “the man who has his finger on the pulse of total strangers”. Letterman, responding, said: “I’m only here because there isn’t a Knicks game, let’s not get excited.”

The pair then proceeded to talk about Madonna’s apparent love of basketball, but it quickly ran aground and ventured into the murky territory of ball games of a different kind. The diatribe of swearing and innuendo that followed was, in fairness, prompted by a pretty rogue and inappropriate comment from Letterman whereby he yelled, “Go kiss a guy in the audience!” stating that it would make his day. 

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Rusty Egan remixes “Everybody” again, listen now!

Rusty Egan remixed Madonna’s first single “Everybody” for the UK market way back when but Madonna wasn’t pleased with the mix. Those versions can only be found on the UK 7″ and 12″ as well as on a Spanish vinyl sampler (see discography).

Someone just alerted me to the fact that Rusty Egan has remixed “Everybody” once again, he created this remix last year. Check it out below

 

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LONDON: 17.8.87:PA: Madonna checks her sound – original rare press photo

Check out this rare original press photo from Madonna rehearsing during the Who’s That Girl Tour in London. The press photo has a large info sheet on the back with the following details

LONDON: 17.8.87:PA: Madonna checks her sound.

Superstar Madonna sings into a microphone on stage at Wembley today as checks were made on her powerful sound system during preparations for her first London concert tomorrow. Officials at Wembley Stadium have warned the star, her musicians and sound engineers that the volume must not exceed 98 decibels following concern from local residents about noise levels. 

This has been added to the memorabilia section of our Who’s That Girl Tour page

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