A belated happy birthday to the lady known as the one and only Madonna! Her birthday was on August 16th but I've been working a lot lately, so not had a real photo opportunity until today. Here's her big breakthrough from 1984; "Like a Virgin". So, not a huge Madonna fan but early Madonna is fun, bouncy and full of attitude. I can easily see why she became such an influence to a whole generation of women and the catchy, early 80s output still holds up today as a true testament of its era.
Nile Rodgers is the producer, and it shows through funky bass lines like in "Dress You Up" and my favourite, "Material Girl". The latter I think earns its reputation as a pop classic with its clever lyric play and twist, you see, Madonna wants a rich guy, but turns out, experience is what make you rich and that's the attraction. The lyrics give more psychological insight than what you might think.
Madonna was by this time a popstar but this, her second album, cemented her status as an icon.
I do absolutely love this cover though, and the eternal play between "the virgin and the whore" - you have a sweet, white, innocent wedding dress and flowers but then there's the wild hair, heavy make-up and the infamous Boy Toy buckle. You're able to be both - if you want to. This kind of innuendo and word play continues on in the synth led title track.
It might be shallow and carry too much of an 80s stamp, but it's spunky, energetic and most of all - still a whole lot of fun.