As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to or 33⅓ or 45!
The Analog Kid really wasn’t a very big Madonna fan in the beginning. In fact, the distinctive synthesizer riff that opened up the video for “Lucky Star” was just about the only thing that could get me to turn off MTV in 1984. I started warming up to Madonna when I first heard “Material Girl,” and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed “Dress You Up.” I’d like to say that it was because “Dress You Up” was catchy and fun, but it was really the video that did it. I liked the fact that it was “live,” but mostly I liked Madonna’s legs in that green skirt and purple tights. Yikes.
“Bless me father, for I have sinned. It has been almost thirty years since I started liking Madonna, but I didn’t admit this to anyone until the ’90s . I even made fun of my college roommate for owning the Virgin Tour VHS, but I secretly watched the tape many times when he wasn’t home. For these and all of my sins, I am sorry.”
Madonna: Dress You Up [12″ Single]
Sire Records, 1985
Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid
1. “Dress You Up” [The 12″ Formal Mix] (LaRusso/Stanziale)
2. “Dress You Up” [The Casual Instrumental Mix] (LaRusso/Stanziale)
3. “Shoo-Bee-Doo” (Madonna)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Madonna: “Dress You Up” (LaRusso/Stanziale)
From the album Like A Virgin
Sire Records, 1984
Madonna: “Act Of Contrition” (Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
From the album Like A Prayer
Sire Records, 1989
Haha this was great! I don’t get why people sometimes feel ashamed for liking artists such as Madonna or Michael Jackson. They were great artists, and nobody should be embarrassed that they like them! That’s my opinion, anyway.
Oh how I remember learning all of the routines in the Virgin Tour and performing them for my sisters, parents and anyone who’d give me the time. To this day, Dress You Up remains one of my favourite M tracks (to the point where we asked someone to compose a Jose Gozales style cover version to be performed at our wedding). I also love Shoo Bee Doo! Barry
The college roommate I mentioned saw the Virgin Tour in Dallas. If I recall correctly, the Beastie Boys were the opening act!
Yes. I have the tour poster hanging in my spare room. Run DMC too!