June 13, 2009
Hardcore: Madonna fans only
Click on the image for a rare behind-the-scenes clip of Madonna on the Blonde Ambition Tour. She was really beautiful, especially at about 1:45ish. And I've never heard this demo until now: Tell Me. Supposedly for Nick Kamen, but not complete.
I remember this from college, 20 years ago in Spring 1989:
A teaser for this, shown only once on March 2, 1989. It's aged really well...
For those a bit young to remember, the premier of the 2-minute Pepsi commercial was the first time most people heard Like A Prayer. There was no Internet then, so it was a big deal to be sure you were in front of a TV for it. We recorded it and watched it like 10 times. The single was released on February 28, 1989, but in my memory the TV commercial was the first time I heard it. The Mary Lambert-directed video with the burning crosses (amazing even now) was aired on MTV only a day later on March 3, 1989.
Did you know the 5:40 album version's bassist was Randy "Dawg" Jackson of American Idol fame? True. My favorite mix is the single version with a great guitar bit at the end. When pushed to name the greatest pop song of my life, I think I'd choose Like A Prayer, with its video included. It's a landmark intersection of pop and art and the album it preceded is arguably her best. My album cassette still smells like patchouli (it's in the glue) and instantly takes me back to this brilliant era.