Thirty years ago on October 6th in the magical year of 1982, a dance single was released called “Everybody” by an artist by the name of Madonna. It was a club hit that had everyone wondering who the singer was. The artwork for the record featured many different faces and people but did not feature Madonna herself. For someone who used her image and many, many visual reincarnations along the way to market herself, ingrain herself into the pop consciousness and cause controversy after controversy that often overshadowed her knack for attaching a groove to hook laden singles and songwriting ability that allowed her to stand out above the rest after all of these years…this was quite an interesting move (not putting her face on her first single cover that is).
Now its no surprise that we here at The House are mega-fanatics of Ms. Ciccone and this blog is lovingly littered with many, many posts about Madonna (click her name to visit all the posts) and rarities, outtakes and even the first chapter of a rant turned essay “From Madonna to MDNA : The Trangression Chapter One” but whether we could take her or leave her…today is basically the birthday of her incredible, profound, vibrant, unparalleled career that is possibly going through yet another peak this year…a banner year if you will. She is definitely in a league of her own and continues to discover new things, break into new terrain, push buttons and sell out stadiums world wide with her behemoth concerts. Thirty years is a long, long time to live in the view of the public eye, dodge paparazzi, be constantly criticized and picked apart, make album after album and although someone of her celestial magnitude could not possibly live in most people’s reality and she is most certainly a certain bit off her rocker to have the stamina to put up with being Madonna all this time…she has never faltered into the disaster of drug addiction, had a nervous breakdown or was ever caught in some violent scandal that she didn’t fornicate herself. So today, unlike most days honestly, we raise our glass to Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone for continuing to be the one and only Madonna.
Here’s our favourite performance of “Everybody” from The Girlie Show in 1993 which incorporates not one but two Sly & The Family Stone songs as well as a snippet of an El Debarge song. The concert took place merely 11 years after “Everybody” was released and her performance is probably one of the best of her career in terms of vocals, energy, presentation all mixed in with her very unique brand of Madonna magic. To celebrate…we went onto iTunes and purchased the track from her 2009 Greatest Hits collection called “Celebration”…feel free to do the same! Click here to visit iTunes