6:00 AM GMT 22/06/2011
Truly the best of best of’s: From 1984’s Holiday to 1991’s Rescue Me by the former Mrs Ritchie.
This has to be right up there with Abba Gold as a collection of singles so deeply ingrained in the collective consciousness you’ll know every track, even if, like MOJO’s editor, you’d really rather not. But there is no denying the pop nous behind Ms Ciccone’s first 15 years of hits, here brilliantly packaged in, gasp, chronological order (terribly old hat these days – but why?!). It’s a period of her career so closely identified with the MTV generation it’s virtually impossible to hear these singles now without mentally rerunning her equally impressive video collection, in which Madonna variously enacts Catholic pyschodrama for Papa Don’t Preach; dark eyed exoticism blown in from La Isla Bonita (aided by a guitarist who may or may not be the long haired one from Charles And Eddie and recasts Fritz Lang’s Metropolis as a high-camp manifesto for girl power-in-a-monocle for Express Yourself (simultaneously launching the career of Fight Club director David Fincher). It’s no wonder both Madonna and Hollywood saw no reason why she shouldn’t be a successful actress – she’s certainly capable of outstanding performances. If only she’d stayed in London, we might have seen her in Chicago by 2010 (right after Dani Behr’s run ends).
Posted by Ross_Bennett at 6:00 AM GMT 02/12/2008
Madonna – The Ultimate Collection DVD (Warner Music Video)
U2 – The Best of U2 1980-1990 (Island)
Abba – Gold (Polydor)