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Blast from the Past Fridays – Madonna “Express Yourself”

Come on girls
Do you believe in love?
‘Cause I got something to say about it
And it goes something like this

Don’t go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you’ll know your love is real

The year is 1989.

At $5 million dollars, the “Express Yourself” music video was one of the most expensive music videos to date. Set in a Metropolis setting, Madonna took over creative vision over the video and wanted a theme of women ruling the world.

For me, this was one of the most influential and feminist music videos I had ever seen. I loved the idea of women being in charge and men working for them. This music video has been copied and emulated over and over, and most notably in Christina Aguilera’s “I’m Not Myself Tonight”.

Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” drew a lot of online criticism for copying “Express Yourself”. There’s nothing really that sticks out to me. And being a big Madonna fan, I would notice those things instantly, and all I can really hear that is similar is the drum beat. The lyrics are different, and maybe some of the arranging is similar, but it’s not the same.

The lyrics in the song are original and I love how Madonna tells the listener to “don’t go for second best, baby”. Test yourself.

Listen to this song a few times, and maybe you’ll rethink your relationships.

Also, from the Blond Ambition Tour:

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Blast from the Past Fridays- Janet Jackson “The Pleasure Principle”

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Sorry for not writing yesterday. Oops. I’ll make it up to you, I promise. I have to do a follow-up on Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” music video critique quite soon for you.

It was a tough decision deciding this week’s “Blast from the Past“. I’ve been in quite an 80s mood lately, so possibly the rest of the month will have more 80s gems every Friday. We’ll see if you’re THAT lucky…

This week, I’m going to have to go with “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson.

This music video is special to me because when I was a little girl, I saw this video and it was the first time I ever saw a girl dance like that. It made me want to dance on chairs, and have that confidence. Now I am a dancer, thanks to Janet & Michael Jackson. But this video, was the first time I saw that women could do these things.

So, enjoy this week’s “Blast from the Past“…

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