video killed the radio star & it's own killed them.
before MTV (music VIDEO television) & VH1 (VIDEO hits one) were just lame-ass some-what reality shows for lame-ass some-what tweens, they ACTUALLY showed music videos. that's kida' how & where it all started.
but just as music vids killed the radio star (now placing the pressure of being visually appealing upon faces made for radio) the music video was then killed by it's own creator, the networks themselves. little by little the time allowed for music videos got shorter & shorter & at odder & odder times (like 3-4am) until at last...no more unicorns, err...i man, no more music videos at all. making the still on-going awards show honoring them, a little weird. like, looking at beautiful wallpaper samples for your house that burnt down. weird right?
but there was a kinda' cute VH1 show called "pop up video" where they would have random facts "pop" onto the screen about that artist, that song, making of the video or just other general tidbits as they played the video. again, it was kinda' fun. some of the madonna trivia that popped up included little jewels like this:
-the director knew madonna from the nyc club scene & wanted her for the part
"into the groove"
-madonna's family is from italy
-madonna's scenes were shot in an la studio & @ this local hip-hop club
"ray of light"
-madonna drank sparkling apple cider
a few more on these 2 pages
these channels are now dead (RIP music television) but the images created from these formats are now part of our pop culture collective. just look at all the madonna music video shots from above: "express yourself/vogue/human nature/ray of light", pure pop gold & visual eye candy (ties in w/yesterday's post, check that shit out).
i know there's a lot of power & direct satisfaction now that comes from going directly to youtube, itunes, facebook or whatever & typing in only what you want to see. i get it. but man, there was another kind of satisfaction that came from planting yourself on the floor of your living room, in front of that television & waiting ALL NIGHT if you had to for that 1 music video you wanted to see soooooooooo bad to come on (i'm thinking specifically of "bad girl" @ around 3:45am on some night home from college in 1993). dude, i hit that record button on that vcr so fast that even my nervous, shaking w/excitement hand didn't have time to miss a second (well, maybe one second). i felt so accomplished, shocked & happy that I DID IT! IT HAPPENED, IT CAME ON & I GOT IT!
man, maybe i sound like an old man right about now (i'm 41 btw) but it just doesn't happen like that anymore. it just doesn't, that feeling is gone just like the networks themselves & that's just to bad too.
YOU can say she's old, ugly, not talented, can't sing, can't dance, can't act, a has been...& on & on & on (the phrase: "don't hate me cuz u ain't me" comes to mind) but one thing YOU or I, the world or the haters CAN NOT say is that: she doesn't know how to create iconic, lasting impressions with her images. i mean, you could say it but you'd just sound & look (since we're taking about visuals here) stupid.
for decades this woman has served up a visual feast for pop culture's senses to consume. think about it, what comes to mind when you think of her? what pops into your head? the "like a virgin" dress? vogueing? kissing Britney? dancing in front of burning crosses? cone bras, disco balls, plastic bracelets? the list could seriously go on & on to infinity.
& just like the tour de force herself, it/she still continues today...while she's on tour showcasing her "rebel heart". the tempera mural of leo d's "the last supper" come to life during "holy water/devil pray" is worth the price of admission alone (yesssss, it's worth THAT much, sassafras).
& at this point in HER game, it's just what she does. it's who she is (whomever she chooses that to be). she's given us marilyn's material girl to geisha girl, combat girl to cowgirl, marie antionette to evita. visually stunning & captivating in every way, as a queen should be.