Don't go for second best, baby. Put your ILM ARTIST POLL #31: MADONNA to the test.

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she sounds terrific, and the repetition of the twirl so awkward in an endearing way:

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:26 (three years ago) Permalink

boy do I miss her lower range drag queen voice

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:26 (three years ago) Permalink

I think she took it out for a spin during "Like a Virgin" on the MDNA tour.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:32 (three years ago) Permalink

xxpost I changed it a few weeks back when Johnny Fever revived the thread :)

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink


"I'm feeling very nostalgic tonight," she told the crowd. "Do you people understand I played Madison Square Garden 30 years ago?" She kissed a fan in a 1985 Virgin Tour shirt who claimed he was there — for all we know, he might have been the goth club kid doing the cobweb dance in the "Into The Groove" video. It led to the emotional highlight of the night, when she picked up her acoustic guitar for one of her saltiest and best Number One hits, a song she hasn't performed since the Eighties: "Who's that Girl," leading the audience in the question "¿Quien es esa niña?" The question hung in the air. "I still don't know," Madonna said after the song. "I still don't know. I think I'm not supposed to know — maybe that's what life's about, figuring out who the fuck you are."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 September 2015 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink


Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 September 2015 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink


Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 September 2015 20:19 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

this sounds like a fascinating show, i hope someone filmed it

ODD FUTURE WOLFGANG VAN HALEN ON BASS (some dude), Friday, 11 March 2016 03:50 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Vogue her greatest or close - greatest video, certainly - with Open Your Heart its closest/only rival. So great it subsumed the album that even if (or because) not entirely hers rivals its successor as her second-best after the not-quite-immaculate one that has so many hits on it who cares. So great it spun off a sequel in the very good but at least a little overrated Deeper and Deeper, which is probably not the best on that deep-benched album, which should have stolen Justify My Love from the collection as its capstone, and well behind Lucky Star and Express Yourself, to name some of the better ones that in turn probably place behind Holiday and Material Girl highest among the runner-ups that I insist also include Mandy's More, Sooner or Later, and Where's the Party, all of which I'll take most days over the well-named Borderline (Bipolar might be more like it), too-faux Like a Virgin (which shares a very particular room with other pre-adolescent sonic annoyances like Beat It), or even the somewhat-rut-bound Into the Groove, to say nothing of the Christian (Catholic, whatever) one I have no use for (not the anti-abortion one; I kinda like that one) or nearly all of the power "ballad" dreck early and late. I like a lot of the second-career EDM stuff well enough or better, but, except for the more interpretive and therefore auteurist stuff like Don't Tell Me, much of it doesn't register in the same fashion (maybe because less New York?). I'm fairly immune, for instance, to the purported glories of Beautiful Stranger, which feels a lot more disposable than, say, Independent Women, Pt. 2.

Many if not most of the above preferences vary at least marginally by mixing I couldn't identify offhand.

normcore strengthening exercises (benbbag), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 05:19 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

oh wow "Jimmy Jimmy" is actually p great? and so is "True Blue"??

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:13 (two years ago) Permalink

fuck "La Isla Bonita" and "Live to Tell" forever tho

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:14 (two years ago) Permalink

[oh wow "Jimmy Jimmy" is actually p great? and so is "True Blue"??

um, yes. and yes.

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:22 (two years ago) Permalink


Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:33 (two years ago) Permalink

fuck..."Live to Tell" forever tho

you mad

Wimmels, Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Get the fuck out, Stevie.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm ecstatic enough about Stevie (or anyone) acknowledging the greatness of "Jimmy Jimmy" to overlook the "Live To Tell" diss.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:46 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah stevie u still need srs help tho

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 February 2017 00:24 (two years ago) Permalink

"Live To Tell" is the greatest

Wimmels, Sunday, 5 February 2017 00:37 (two years ago) Permalink

My favorite ILM poll: the level of commitment, the writing.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:06 (two years ago) Permalink

it was the best of times

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I like to think Patrick Leonard said "OK, we're done" and Madonna saying, "No, wait -- I have an idea. 'If I ran away...'" and Leonard losing his shit.

― the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, March 11, 2013 3:43 PM (three years ago

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:27 (two years ago) Permalink

can we do this again

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:54 (two years ago) Permalink


The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 February 2017 02:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Fuck me, my favorite thing she's ever done, her cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" (off the Something to Remember comp) wasn't even nominated?!?!?!

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 5 February 2017 02:33 (two years ago) Permalink

There are no nominations in artist polls.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 5 February 2017 05:36 (two years ago) Permalink


Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 5 February 2017 10:19 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Flamenco drop.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Sunday, 16 July 2017 02:25 (one year ago) Permalink

The best kind of drop

Tim F, Sunday, 16 July 2017 03:32 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

My least favorite major single.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 03:44 (one year ago) Permalink

It sucks, but "American Life" still exists.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 04:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, Madonna put out music after 2001... I keep forgetting! Now I shall forget again.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 20:18 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Found the second greatest-hits CD at a garage sale last week, been playing it in the car. A kind of sameness creeps into the first few tracks because of the remixing. "Ray of Light" and "Beautiful Stranger" (which took some abuse in this poll) sound as amazing as ever; I think her career peaks were very early ("Holiday," "Borderline," "Into the Groove") and then later with those two songs--lot of greatness between, with some silliness, but they're the best. The one song that jumped out at me that I didn't vote for above was "Drowned World"/"Substitute for Love." I should have.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

If she ever writes her memoirs--particularly of the early '80s--I'd read them.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

"Beautiful Stranger" (which took some abuse in this poll)

Not enough, iirc.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

At least six terrific albums, many good songs. American Life deserves reappraisal.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 02:14 (three months ago) Permalink

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