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This video was so controversial when it dropped, the first time I saw it was on an episode of Hard Copy in a report about how bad it was, kind of had the opposite effect as intended because I really liked it.
"Like a Virgin" was not only controversial when it came out, but also proved to be a smash hit for the 1980s superstar. Recently, a revelation came to me in a somewhat different context. I had another song playing in the background on my desktop by an artist who was famous in the early 1970s; that song is called "Lay Down/ Candles in the Rain" and it struck my inner ear in such a way that I connected that tune to MADONNA's "Like a Prayer."
So, I looked up the YouTube Video for Madonna's "Like a Prayer" and I noticed some strong similarities! Both songs have a similar tempo and sound to them. There is also a quieter interlude starting at 1:50 on this video which is similar to the Melanie interlude in "Lay Down" which in most recordings occurs about the 2 minute mark. Finally, Madonna's famous video features black gospel singers, and Melanie often performed "Lay Down" with black gospel singers, most notably the Edwin Hawkins Singers. I am not saying that Madonna plagiarized Melanie, because there are some notable differences too, but I have to wonder if somehow, Madonna might have been influenced a little by Melanie in coming up with her smash hit called "Like a Virgin?" If anyone is curious, try playing the Melanie song found here and let me know if you spot similarities between the two tracks and videos? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlp3wmE4bbI
This video created so much controversy but all she is doing is showing how an innocent black man who tried to help a white woman is being scapegoated and crucified for the crimes of others. Ironically, he tried to save the woman only to be blamed for harming her when he was the one who tried to save her. The woman she plays in the video was a witness who saw what really happened. In her mind, she is comparing him to Christ because she knows that he is being blamed for something he didn't do. She is struggling with her conscience and the influence of her Christian faith ( the scene in the church) which teaches her to stand for the truth. In the end she does the right thing, goes to the police and frees him. That is what this video is about- her internal struggle. This man in the video is not Christ. She is comparing blacks who are framed for crimes they did not commit ( because of racism- burning cross symbolism ) to Christ and the way that he was scapegoated ( according to the Christian tradition) for the sins of others. That is all it is. People made a lot of fuss for nothing.
La gorda de la Mariah ya quisiera tener aunque sea un solo una sola canción tan exitosa como esta o como Hips Don't lie de Shakira, o llenar estadios y que la gente se emocione con su música, Mariah no llena ni un cuarto pequeño, su música es como cuando quieres desesperar a alguien o matarlo de aburrición le pones su música insipida, su mejor logro fué salir con Luis Miguel....!!!!!
She will go down in history as the Queen of pop. No doubt about it.
It,s a shame people refuse to hear the deeper meaning in a lot of her songs.
This lady is not a nono, she has something to tell.
Her legacy will live on and on. No matter how the media are trying to put her down. The same media that will shed tears the day she passes away. Long live the undoubted Queen of pop.
This list contains a competition – further details at the bottom of the list. Everybody knows Ian Fleming’s master spy, James Bond. The suave and handsome secret agent with a license to kill, Bond became the new face of cinematic spies after the release of Dr. No, the very first Bond film, in 1962. Before Bond, spies were often portrayed as paunchy, unattractive, cowardly, even elderly—much of which may have been more accurate, in reality—but the Cold War-ridden 1960s was more interested in fantasy and escape than cinema verite. And so, instead of the seedy and miserable nobody of Joseph Conrad’s “Secret Agent,” spies became good-looking ladies’ men with charm and toughness to spare.
Ian Fleming probably didn’t realize what a seed he was planting when he created James Bond. Almost immediately after his big screen debut, Bond had a whole generation of imitators following him on TV and film. There were suddenly spies everywhere—some surreal and campy, others sophisticated and witty, some hip and groovy. There was even a wedding of the spy with the western. By 1970, the anti-establishment sentiments of the hippies had fully taken hold in pop culture, and the spy craze was suddenly no more. Only James Bond was left, last as he was first, to carry on.
PLEASE NOTE: This list excludes Bond—this is, of course, about the OTHER spy series of the day. Bond, naturally, is the biggest and best known. The point is, he wasn’t alone.