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  • RayRay
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    ^ I wish they had used some shots that weren't used for the original version.

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  • thebigham
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    Just uploaded to madonna's YT channel:

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  • RayRay
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    One of my all time favorite videos ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • AndiIversen
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    about the making of the video (from Rolling Stone - 2015)


    Madonna's third collaboration with then-wunderkind David Fincher is an eye-popping kaleidoscope of classic movie star iconography and an energetic display of the titular dance which had emerged in the underground gay club scene. Of course, voguing is no ordinary dance, consisting as it does of highly mannered movements, baroque hand gestures and sharply struck poses — the catwalk ethos taken to absurdist extremes. That gives Fincher's camera the chance to move elegantly around statues, paintings and frozen, statuesque humans, bringing out the curious melancholy undercurrent to a song that, at first listen, seems like pure bubblegum. Watch the infectious way the video develops – from unsettling stillness to sinewy movements to full-on dance freakout. It's structured like a vogue dance itself. (And, really, did anyone shoot Madonna's back better than David Fincher?)
    Remarkably, this iconic video was prepared in record time, as the song was not originally considered a single and was only belatedly put out into the market. "We cut this thing together as quickly as we could," recalled Fincher to The Guardian. "It was one of those things where the DP, Pascal Lebegue, who's brilliant, literally showed up off the plane with his light meter and it was semi-pre-lit and he walked in and said, 'This, this, this, this,' and we shot the video for like 16 hours and we were done, that was it, she got on the plane and went on her world tour."
    Madonna had quickly auditioned hundreds of dancers in Los Angeles for the clip, whittling them down within a matter of days and inviting them out to clubs to make sure they could deliver. "I'd just finished ballet school, and this was my second video," dancer Salim "Slam" Gauwloos said. "I remember David said, 'Put him in this tuxedo jacket. So I wore that, and they put me on some steps, and I was doing some poses, and it took like 15 minutes, and I was like, 'OK, is that it?' I thought, This is not a good beginning. But then when the 'Vogue' video came out, I was like, 'Ah OK! Now I get it!'"

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  • spiritboy
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    One of most iconic songs and videos in Pop history!

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  • thebigham
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    Out 30 years ago!

    https://www.vogue.com/article/madonn...IDjbicitvwRKrg

    Strike a Pose! Why Madonna’s “Vogue” Is Still Relevant 30 Years Later
    BY LIAM HESS
    March 27, 2020


    Back in the 1980s, the word “vogue” would have recalled little more than a magazine—that is, unless, you were immersed in New York City counterculture, where it had taken on another meaning entirely. After many decades in the shadows, the pageantry of the Harlem ball scene, a community of African American and Latinx creatives seeking to build their own world of self-expression through the medium of dance and DIY fashion, was poised to hit the mainstream.

    In 1989, Susanne Bartsch held the first annual Love Ball as an AIDS fundraiser. Bartsch had witnessed many of these dancers and misfits “mopping” (or, to put it politely, borrowing without intent of return) from her avant-garde boutique off Spring Street, one of the first in the U.S. to stock designers like John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. Duly fascinated, she invited them downtown for a ball like nobody had seen before. The judges included Vogue’s André Leon Talley, the supermodel Iman, and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne; somewhere within the crowd, according to queer folklore, was Madonna herself, witnessing the legendary Houses of LaBeija and Ninja storm the runway with their dips, pops, and spins. By the time the long, hot summer of 1990 rolled around, Madonna’s “Vogue” was topping charts around the world—eventually becoming that year’s best-selling single—and this subcultural movement had officially boiled over into the zeitgeist.


    Looking back on the 30th anniversary of its release, “Vogue” should never have been the smash that it was. In an interview with Billboard, the song’s producer, Shep Pettibone, noted that they recorded it as a last-minute track in a basement studio for $5,000; within a week, the final cut was sent over to the executives at Madonna’s record label. While they instinctively knew the song deserved to be more than just a B-side, they struggled to figure out how the singer could release it between album cycles. Eventually, it ended up awkwardly wedged into the soundtrack for Dick Tracy—Madonna’s latest movie venture—despite it having nothing to do with the film at all. Against the odds, it became a runaway hit.

    But it wasn’t just the song, and its unlikely mash-up of then-underground house music with a middle eight namechecking Old Hollywood filmstars, that captured the public imagination. It was the iconic video, directed by David Fincher, many years before he became the award-sweeping auteur behind films like Fight Club and The Social Network. The black-and-white, soft-focus visual took inspiration directly from the pages of the fashion magazines the dancers worshipped. (Rumor has it that Horst P. Horst even considered a lawsuit over the lack of acknowledgement for the inspiration he had so clearly provided.) And for anyone doubting Madonna’s commitment to the spirit of “Vogue,” you need only look to her MTV Awards performance from the same year. Dressed in full Dangerous Liaisons drag, she and her dancers flick their fans with all the glamorous nonchalance of Marie Antoinette, letting them eat camp.


    The video itself was choreographed by and featured Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza, of the House of Extravaganza, who dressed up in cravats and spats to whirl around Madonna as she aped her Old Hollywood icons. They had style, they had grace, Rita Hayworth gave good face. Both Xtravaganzas would go on to choreograph her infamous Blonde Ambition tour; captured in flattering terms by 1991’s Truth or Dare, and later more poignantly in 2016’s Strike a Pose, which charted how this wider exposure began to compromise the integrity of the scene they came from, especially in light of the ongoing AIDS crisis. The latter also looked at how Madonna’s role in bringing the vogueing phenomenon into the public consciousness will always be linked to the febrile political context from which it sprung. Around the world, many were mimicking the playful, exaggerated gestures of the Harlem ballrooms with little clue as to the deeper significance those dance moves contained, leading to the eternal question: were Madonna’s efforts to spotlight this overlooked scene appreciation or appropriation?


    It’s a topic that was grappled with thoughtfully in Ryan Murphy’s award-winning show Pose, premiering in 2018 to retell the birth of the Harlem ballroom scene with an authenticity that can only be arrived at through meticulous research. Its second season took the moment of Madonna’s “Vogue” hitting the charts as its starting point. While some of its characters met the news with excitement, as underground queer culture was repackaged into something the public could respect and appreciate, others, like Billy Porter’s Pray Tell, approached it with scepticism, recognizing that the dilution of their culture into a series of dance moves would see it remembered merely as a fad.

    Both perspectives are valid, but the irony now is that “Vogue” is remembered as neither of those things—instead, it’s looked at with hindsight as a seismic shift for queer culture in the broadest sense, as it hit the mainstream for the very first time. Yes, there are valid questions around Madonna profiting off a movement that was spearheaded by a marginalized community she was not a part of, but, in her own way, she gave back. Even the year before “Vogue” was released, the liner notes for her album Like a Prayer came not with a series of thank yous to those who had helped her with the record, but an urgent message describing the “Facts About AIDS” to encourage safe sex, her most visible step yet in her to promote AIDS/HIV awareness. And while she might occasionally miss the mark, who knows the number of young, queer people of color who saw Madonna’s video playing on MTV and recognized within it a community that promised a lifeline. The possibility of upping sticks and moving to New York City, where, within the four walls of the ballroom, they could find a small slice of freedom.

    At its heart, both the song and video are odes to escapism. While few of us may be able to relate directly to the urgent need for uplift that defined the culture that spawned it, 30 years on, we can still lose ourselves in the deliriously euphoric feeling when the chorus of “come on, Vogue!” gets played by a DJ. (Or, right now, as we dance to it in the comfort of our own homes under lockdown.)

    After all, its emotional resonance, whether intended by Madonna or not, was always about the obsessive pursuit of beauty, and how we can democratize it. By picking up a $3 fashion magazine, a closeted queer black or Latinx kid growing up in the suburbs of ’80s America could enjoy a rare moment of transportive fantasy. Today, where many countries continue to reject the LGBTQ+ community, this still, sadly, holds meaning. The models that grace the pages of fashion magazines with their flamboyant poses and opulent surroundings carry the assurance of a freer, uninhibited world, where self-expression can run unchecked.

    The disappointment doesn’t lie with Madonna, but simply that these images offer a promise that, even three decades later, we’re yet to see realized fully. By comparing how much, and how little, has changed 30 years after “Vogue” was released, it serves as a pressing reminder that the work of our brothers and sisters from decades past is still not done. So, don’t just stand there—let’s get to it.

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  • menime123
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    Originally posted by beredy View Post
    If she filmed a video like that, it would definitely not age as well as this one did.
    I disagree, especially if it were shot on 35mm. But Madonna was in her black and white phase at the time - I always see OF, Vogue and JML as an unofficial trilogy, in the same way WIFLFAG, DAD and AL are an unofficial ‘voilence’ trilogy.

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  • beredy
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    Originally posted by menime123 View Post
    As iconic as the Vogue video is, I wish she had created the video she wanted. The MTV video is basically a recreation of the look and vibe she originally planned for the video.
    If she filmed a video like that, it would definitely not age as well as this one did.

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  • menime123
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    Originally posted by Yoshie View Post
    The 1990 MTV VMA performance is one of her strongest aesthetic performances. The song is flawless and I think its house sound provided the foundation for the overall sonic framework of Erotica, although I think 'Justify My Love' and 'Rescue Me' finessed that direction.
    As iconic as the Vogue video is, I wish she had created the video she wanted. The MTV video is basically a recreation of the look and vibe she originally planned for the video.

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  • Yoshie
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    The 1990 MTV VMA performance is one of her strongest aesthetic performances. The song is flawless and I think its house sound provided the foundation for the overall sonic framework of Erotica, although I think 'Justify My Love' and 'Rescue Me' finessed that direction.

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  • innocenteyes
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    One of her very best singles.

    Perfect piece of pop music.

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  • lambforever
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    Such and iconic song and video. Her performance of this on MTV is one of the best

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  • spiritboy
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    Pop perfection.

    Oh, how flawless Madonna was back in the day.

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  • menime123
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    Originally posted by Goldmoney
    The rap is so legendary. That’s probably why it go so high on the R&B chart - #16

    The power of Madonna

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  • Goldmoney
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    The rap is so legendary. That’s probably why it go so high on the R&B chart - #16

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  • RayRay
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    Originally posted by thebigham
    They play this a lot on 90s record stations.

    They filmed this over 2 days in LA in February 1990.

    David Fincher the now celebrated film director directed it.

    Madonna was mad at Fincher for convincing her to release Oh Father. He loved the song and directed the video. It missed the Top 10 and ruined her 17 consecutive Top 10 song streak.
    Glad she listened to Fincher anyway. It's one of her best videos ever IMO.
    She can't have been too mad as she worked with him again on the very next video.

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  • GetBack
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    Super iconic indeed!

    "Vogue" music video received a total of nine MTV Video Music Awards nominations, becoming her most-nominated video at the award show. It won Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
    It's crazy how VMAs completely snubbed this video, it was one of the most iconic videos of all time! :-? :-?

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  • thebigham
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    They play this a lot on 90s record stations.

    They filmed this over 2 days in LA in February 1990.

    David Fincher the now celebrated film director directed it.

    Madonna was mad at Fincher for convincing her to release Oh Father. He loved the song and directed the video. It missed the Top 10 and ruined her 17 consecutive Top 10 song streak.

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  • grooveboy
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    [youtube:3e8lu5x8]QemfPpzCGWY[/youtube:3e8lu5x8]

    "incoming torpedos"

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  • MusicLover88
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    LEGENDARY

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  • menime123
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    Originally posted by spiritboy
    I love every live interpretation of the song. She's totally "in the zone" while performing Vogue. My fave performances are:

    1) MTV VMA's
    2) Sticky & Sweet Tour
    3) The Girlie Show

    S&S mix using 4 Minutes was sheer genius. Was nice to see a ‘back to basics’ version on MDNAT though (not that Vogue is basic in any way!)

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  • spiritboy
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    Re: Madonna - Vogue

    I love every live interpretation of the song. She's totally "in the zone" while performing Vogue. My fave performances are:

    1) MTV VMA's
    2) Sticky & Sweet Tour
    3) The Girlie Show

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  • MusicRecords
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    Originally posted by RayRay
    Originally posted by Guru

    I had my bedroom walls covered with over 100 posters of Madonna.
    When I got older I only kept a few.
    And when I moved to live on my own I only kept this one (it was huge, like one meter long at least) in a frame and hang it in the living room.
    It's such an iconic picture.
    It's def a very iconic one

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  • BlueScorpion
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    Re: Madonna - Vogue

    ^^ That is one iconic photo, for sure. Totally descrives "Vogue".

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  • RayRay
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    Originally posted by Guru

    I had my bedroom walls covered with over 100 posters of Madonna.
    When I got older I only kept a few.
    And when I moved to live on my own I only kept this one (it was huge, like one meter long at least) in a frame and hang it in the living room.
    It's such an iconic picture.

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