Thursday, July 30, 2009

Something's Missing And I Don't Know Why

I am superstitious. I don't walk under ladders. I hmm when I see a black cat. When I see a magpie on it's own I search the sky and branches or as my friend Brian said to a sole magpie one day "Where's your little friend?". So it is important not to associate a song with number 13. However, I did read that Madonna said that 13 is the luckiest number of all in Kabbalah so song number 13 will be a Madonna song. Bad Girl is one of my five most favourite Madonna songs. It reminds me of the in between years. In 1993 I hadn't bought my house yet. I was living in a horrible bedsit. I was working in a job I didn't like. Those years when you are in a kinda relationship or a two night stand. So the words I'm not happy in Bad Girl has always stood out for me. The single cover for Bad Girl is above. I love that image. It is perfectly constructed. It was perfect for the Erotica album and for the film Body Of Evidence which was also released that year. The 12" contains a free poster, one of the only times I remember a poster being part of a single release. That's why Paul's free gifts in his Best of Madonna box set made me smile this week. Bad Girl reminds me mainly of all the mixed experiences of meeting someone on the scene in Dublin. Something family never knew about and sometimes friends didn't either. Some relationships lasted more than a few weeks and the ones that did were often good ones. One was with a guy called Frank. He was someone who always made me laugh. Thinking about Madonna songs in the 1990s reminded me of a funny Frank moment. One day Frank was here in my house and I was playing music. As always! I had got Human Nature on 12" on my record player and was playing it a bit loud. As you do! My house is very small, part of a terrace. I am lucky to have lovely neighbours on either side. On the sitting room side is a lady who back in the 1990s would have been in her late 60s. Frank commented that all my playing of Madonna music must have an effect on her. He said that one day she would be down in Tesco and some old friend or parish priest would come up to her in Tesco and start moaning and complaining as only some old dears do. My neighbour would listen for a while and then say loudly I'm Not You're Bitch, Don't Hang Your Shit On Me. Anyway! Here's song number 13. From 1993 Madonna and the David Fincher directed video of Bad Girl.
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