Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pride & Joy

On August 27th I will be 40 years old. A lifetime of pop music. So between then and now I want to post 40 of my favourite songs. My life songs I guess. They are in no particular order, they are just songs that make me happy every time I hear them and that is why I think music is important. There will of course be a couple of Madonna songs. I couldn't imagine loving pop without loving her songs. The first is Dress You Up. I remember the day I bought the Like a Virgin album from Sherwoods in Kilkenny here in Ireland and playing it so many times. I love Shoo-Bee-Doo and Angel as much as Dress You Up but it was the imagery of the video of Madonna performing Dress You Up on her Virgin Tour that has always stayed with me. That jacket, her entire outfit in fact, the simple and yet iconic opening poses, the dance routine, the whole joyfulness of the performance. I think that video is a perfect popular culture moment. Dress You Up got to number 5 in the UK, US and Australian charts. It got to number 3 here in Ireland, it's highest chart position worldwide. There was more than one single cover and the one above is the one I have. Pop treasures.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic idea David! Looking forward to the countdown!

Will you have anything pre-1980? I know our ears were opened in the 80s, but I wonder if anything from before then had an impact later?

David Minogue said...

Yes I will Enda from 1969 onwards

David said...

One of my all time favorites too, I nearlly died when she did it at the O2. Im sure your top 40 is going to be fab !

Yuяi said...

That's a great idea for a post! What did you think of Darren Hayes' cover of it last year?

John said...

Love the concept, mister. We're going to be the same age, so I am predicting there will be a lot of crossover. "Dress You Up" the video fascinated me, too. There's something amazingly magical about it, and I wish I knew what it was. Oh...maybe it was the cute backup dancers?

Paul said...

there is some dreadful dance cover doing the rounds of this song right now. Avoid at all costs and stick(y and sweet) to the yummy original!!

David Minogue said...

Thank you David,

it was seeing her sing it at the O2 that put the song in head again,
I almost feel like I heard it myself when you go to a concert,
Dx.

David said...

Yuri, I will have to check that out,

John, I think the video captures her at her poppiest and the way the world fell in love with a real star.

John, there are some truly awful madonna covers out there, there's a whole other blog post in those songs.

David Minogue said...

Sorry! meant Paul for the last comment, joys of posting off two gmail sign ins!

Dx