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#1【听音乐 】   我喜欢的10首麦当娜的歌(v2)             Go Back
围绕麦当娜的很多东西,让很多人将她天才歌手和创作者,真正有个性的独特艺术家的本质都忘记了。

我算是个古典音乐爱好者,虽然对各种形式的流行音乐没有任何意义的抵触,但对欧美各类流行音乐的了解非常有限,听的很少,因为很难说自己喜欢,也没有从内心想去了解和探索的冲动,但对麦当娜却是情有独钟。从80年代中期她开始火的时候,就在自己对流行歌曲比较排斥的音乐口味上,给了她的歌曲以例外。我试着听过很多曾经很有名很火的欧美流行歌曲,从埃尔维斯·普莱斯利到鲍勃·迪伦,从“甲壳虫”到U2,但几乎都没有能够引起我的兴致,极少有从头到尾听完的。最近又曾试着听迈克·杰克逊那些非常有名的歌曲,没办法,没有一支从头到尾听完了的,除了那首我多年前偶然间听到就喜欢而且留在记忆中的《You are not alone》。

但不知为啥,过去20多年中听过麦当娜的十几首歌,却非常合口味,其中好多是听第一次就很喜欢,而且过耳不忘。几首我尤其喜欢的,比如《Take A Bow》,《Crazy for you》过去十多年中,有时一天可以连续听几次,从未厌倦。

我买过的流行歌曲CD,屈指可数。我在来美国之前,只买过一张CD,肖邦作品集,是出国前送给一个我很欣赏的老板的分别礼物,他会弹钢琴。那时我想要的CD,都是进口原版的,大概一张要RMB100-150。而当时一个月的工资,最初只能买一张(90之前),到94年夏天出国前,大概能买两三张。出国之前没有给自己买过CD,但买过不少进口原版盒带,盒带大概是CD价格的1/10。在几年中积赞的百多合原版音乐盒带中,清一色古典,除了唯一一张麦当娜的专辑:《The Immaculate Collection》。

到美国之后,在学校读书做RA,也没有多余的钱买CD。大概几年下来,也就积攒了几十张。大规模买CD,是后来毕业工作之后。当学生时期买的第一张CD,是托斯卡尼尼指挥NBC交响乐团演奏的贝多芬的《庄严弥撒》。同时买的还有另一张CD,是一张二手货,麦当娜的专辑《Something to Remember》。因为这张CD上,我看见了几首我出国前听过的特别喜欢的歌。这样两张CD同时买,还真不知道这世界上有没有另外一个人如此干过。

90年底发行的《The Immaculate Collection》几乎集中了她80年代最火的歌,其中很多都上过流行音乐排行榜的TOP 1。这个集子中有我最喜欢的《Crazy for you》,《Live To Tell》,《Open Your Heart》,《Vogue》等。而其它的如《Like A Virgin》,《Material Girl》,《Papa Don't Preach》等几乎是麦当娜符号的歌,倒不是我特别喜欢的。我的这个专辑的盒带,后来也成为出国前给朋友的分别礼物。

95年底发行的专辑《Something to Remember》,以抒情风格的歌曲(ballad)为主,更是集中了她过去十来年中创作和演唱的极品歌曲。这个专辑中,因为也包括了我特别喜欢的,在《The Immaculate Collection》已经出现过的两首,所以下面我要列出的我最喜欢的10首麦当娜歌曲中的前七首中,只有一首没有在这个专辑中。一个专业评论家指出,这个专辑中都是一流的作品,其中最好的几首,是80年代和90年代欧美流行歌曲中最佳的歌曲。看来,我所喜欢的麦当娜,也正好是流行音乐世界的精华。

麦当娜的演艺生涯,一直都伴随着她不断的各种异端行为。经历了很多大风大浪之后,伴着她的女儿的出生,98年发行的新专辑《Ray of Light》是一次艺术上的冒险,给人以耳目一新之感。这个精心制作的专辑受到评论家的广泛好评,被看成是90年代最优秀的流行音乐专辑之一,曾获得三项格兰美大奖,商业上也很成功。其中的两首《Ray of Light》和《Frozen》,很有心灵探索那样的感召,也成为我最喜欢的流行歌曲。这张专辑之后的过去十年中,她虽然还出了几个专辑,但成绩平平,基本没有上榜的歌。


下面这个单子,基本上是按照最喜欢的顺序(递减)。


1. Madonna: This Used To Be My Playground



大概是92年夏天,我工作的那个大公司为职工生活区装上了公用天线系统,并可以接受卫星电视,但其实境外的台,只能接收一个:香港的“中文卫视”娱乐频道。好象当时这个频道才开始试播,成天是MTV,只有偶尔有短暂的“财经报导”。记得那时中午晚上下班回家,打开电视就看这个频道的MTV。那段时间,几乎任何时候都有这个MTV节目,This Used To Be My Playground。录音录像拍摄得极其特别,歌曲更是那种抒情风格。后来到美国后,看到一些资料才知道,这只歌那段时间在流行排行榜上前几位上停留了大概七周,TOP1有两周。到现在我偶尔还听听这个录音,它总将我带回那个时候。

2. Madonna:Take A Bow (儿童不宜)


94 年夏天到美国时,住的地方那个Common Room有个大电视,我作作业累了的时候,或者晚上作业作完之后,就去看电视。经常没人,只有很晚时,有两个老美准时来看一个卡通搞笑的节目。我一个人的时候,就常常翻到MTV。那段时间最常看到的就是麦当娜的Take A Bow。这只歌,是麦当娜在流行榜上停留时间最长的。

3. Madonna: Crazy for you (菲律宾的MYMP演唱,带歌词)



菲律宾的MYMP演唱,带歌词


4. Madonna:Live To Tell



5. Madonna:Open Your Heart



6. Madonna:Rain (歌词)



7. Madonna: I'll Remember



8. Madonna:Ray of Light



9. Madonna: Frozen



10. Madonna:Don't cry for me Argentina!


96年正是网络大兴起的时期,在网上看到一个麦当娜的粉丝的网站,正在为她的新电影,重拍的韦伯的音乐剧《Evita》争取一个什么奖提名而呼吁。这个英文麦当娜粉丝网领头的之一,是个来自中国北大的留学生,还看到了他的有关粉麦当娜的纪事。他当时特别卖力,这样一个真正热爱一样东西一个人的人,我倒是特别理解。不知这位仁兄后来哪里去了。看到这个网站,便去看了那个电影。电影本身没有留下多少印象,但这首麦当娜演唱的《阿根廷,不要为我哭泣》却从此留在了记忆中。


这篇小文本来是一年前准备为麦当娜祝50大寿而涂的。不知不觉一年又过去了。将要51岁的“流行歌后”能量不衰,风采依然,正在欧洲做题为STICKY & SWEET巡回演唱会,而比她还年幼13天的“流行歌王”迈克·杰克逊却已在一个多月前撒手人寰。物换星移,物是人非,惟有动听又动人的音乐与歌,长留心间。


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#2  Madonna Biography             Go Back
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After a star reaches a certain point, it's easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their persona. Madonna is such a star. Madonna rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common than discussing her music. However, one of Madonna 's greatest achievements is how she manipulated the media and the public with her music, her videos, her publicity, and her sexuality. Arguably, Madonna was the first female pop star to have complete control of her music and image.

Madonna moved from her native Michigan to New York in 1977, with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. She studied with choreographer Alvin Ailey and modeled. In 1979, she became part of the Patrick Hernandez Revue , a disco outfit that had the hit"Born to Be Alive."She traveled to Paris with Hernandez ; it was there that she met Dan Gilroy, who would soon become her boyfriend. Upon returning to New York, the pair formed the Breakfast Club , a pop/dance group. Madonna originally played drums for the band, but she soon became the lead singer. In 1980, she left the band and formed Emmy with her former boyfriend, drummer Stephen Bray . Soon, Bray and Madonna broke off from the group and began working on some dance/disco-oriented tracks. A demo tape of these tracks worked its way to Mark Kamins , a New York-based DJ/producer. Kamins directed the tape to Sire Records, who signed the singer during 1982.

Kamins produced Madonna 's first single,"Everybody,"which became a club and dance hit at the end of 1982; her second single, 1983's"Physical Attraction,"was another club hit. In June of 1983, she had her third club hit with the bubbly"Holiday,"which was written by Jellybean Benitez . Madonna 's self-titled debut album was released in September of 1983;"Holiday"became her first Top 40 hit the following month."Borderline"became her first Top Ten hit in March of 1984, beginning a remarkable string of 17 consecutive Top Ten hits. While"Lucky Star"was climbing to number four, Madonna began working on her first starring role in a feature film, Susan Seidelman 's Desperately Seeking Susan.

Madonna 's second album, the Niles Rodgers -produced Like a Virgin , was released at the end of 1984. The title track hit number one in December, staying at the top of the charts for six weeks; it was the start of a whirlwind year for the singer. During 1985, Madonna became an international celebrity, selling millions of records on the strength of her stylish, sexy videos, and forceful personality. After"Material Girl"became a number two hit in March, Madonna began her first tour, supported by the Beastie Boys ."Crazy for You"became her second number one single in May. Desperately Seeking Susan was released in July, becoming a box-office hit; it also prompted a planned video release of A Certain Sacrifice, a low-budget erotic drama she filmed in 1979. A Certain Sacrifice wasn't the only embarrassing skeleton in the closet dragged into the light during the summer of 1985 -- both Playboy and Penthouse published nude photos of Madonna that she posed for in 1977. Nevertheless, her popularity continued unabated, with thousands of teenage girls adopting her sexy appearance, being dubbed" Madonna Wannabes."In August, she married actor Sean Penn; the couple had a rocky marriage that ended in 1989.

Madonna began collaborating with Patrick Leonard at the beginning of 1986; Leonard would co-write most of her biggest hits in the'80s, including"Live to Tell,"which hit number one in June of 1986. A more ambitious and accomplished record than her two previous albums, True Blue was released the following month, to both more massive commercial success (it was a number one in both the U.S. and the U.K., selling over five million copies in America alone) and critical acclaim."Papa Don't Preach"became her fourth number one hit in the U.S. While her musical career was thriving, her film career took a savage hit with the November release of Shanghai Surprise. Starring Madonna and Sean Penn, the comedy received terrible reviews, which translated into disastrous box-office returns.

At the beginning of 1987, she had her fifth number one single with"Open Your Heart,"the third number one from True Blue alone. The title cut from the soundtrack of her third feature film, Who's That Girl?, was another chart-topping hit, although the film itself was another box-office bomb. 1988 was a relatively quiet year for Madonna , as she spent the first half of the year acting in David Mamet's Speed the Plow on Broadway. In the meantime, she released the remix album You CanDance . After withdrawing the divorce papers she filed at the beginning of 1988, she divorced Penn at the beginning of 1989.

Like a Prayer , released in the spring of 1989, was her most ambitious and far-reaching album, incorporating elements of pop, rock, and dance. It was another number one hit and launched the number-one title track, and"Express Yourself,""Cherish,"and"Keep It Together,"three more Top Ten hits. In April 1990, she began her massive Blonde Ambition tour, which ran throughout the entire year."Vogue"became a number one hit in May, setting the stage for her co-starring role in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy; it was her most successful film appearance since Desperately Seeking Susan. Madonna released a greatest-hits album, The Immaculate Collection , at the end of the year. It featured two new songs, including the number one single"Justify My Love,"which sparked another controversy with its sexy video; the second new song,"Rescue Me,"became the highest-debuting single by a female artist in U.S. chart history, entering the charts at number 15. Truth or Dare , a documentary of the Blonde Ambition tour, was released to positive reviews and strong ticket sales during the spring of 1991.

Madonna returned to the charts in the summer of 1992 with the number one"This Used to Be My Playground,"a single featured in the film A League of Their Own, which featured the singer in a small part. Later that year, Madonna released Sex, an expensive, steel-bound soft-core pornographic book that featured hundreds of erotic photographs of herself, several models, and other celebrities -- including Isabella Rossellini, Big Daddy Kane , Naomi Campbell, and Vanilla Ice -- as well as selected prose. Sex received scathing reviews and enormous negative publicity, yet that didn't stop the accompanying album, Erotica , from selling over two million copies. Bedtime Stories , released two years later, was a more subdued affair than Erotica . Initially, it didn't chart as impressively, prompting some critics to label her a has-been, yet the album spawned her biggest hit,"Take a Bow,"which spent seven weeks at number one. It also featured the Bjцrk-penned"Bedtime Stories,"which became her first single not to make the Top 40; its follow-up,"Human Nature,"also failed to crack the Top 40. Nevertheless, Bedtime Stories , marked her seventh album to go multi-platinum.

Beginning in 1995, Madonna began one of her most subtle image makeovers as she lobbied for the title role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. Backing away from the overt sexuality of Erotica and Bedtime Stories , Madonna recast herself as an upscale sophisticate, and the compilation Something to Remember fit into the plan nicely. Released in the fall of 1995, around the same time she won the coveted role of Evita Peron, the album was comprised entirely of ballads, designed to appeal to the mature audience that would also be the target of Evita. As the filming completed, Madonna announced she was pregnant and her daughter, Lourdes, was born late in 1996, just as Evita was scheduled for release. The movie was greeted with generally positive reviews and Madonna began a campaign for an Oscar nomination that resulted in her winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy), but not the coveted Academy Award nomination. The soundtrack for Evita, however, was a modest hit, with a dance remix of"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"and the newly written"You Must Love Me"both becoming hits.

During 1997, she worked with producer William Orbit on her first album of new material since 1994's Bedtime Stories . The resulting record, Ray of Light , was heavily influenced by electronica, techno, and trip-hop, thereby updating her classic dance-pop sound for the late'90s. Ray of Light received uniformly excellent reviews upon its March 1998 release and debuted at number two on the charts. Within a month, the record was shaping up to be her biggest album since Like a Prayer . Two years later she returned with Music , which reunited her with Orbit and also featured production work from Mark"Spike"Stent and Mirwais , a French electro-pop producer/musician in the vein of Daft Punk and Air .

The year 2000 also saw the birth of Madonna 's second child, Rocco, who she had with filmmaker Guy Ritchie; the two married at the very end of the year. With Ritchie as director and Madonna as star, the pair released a remake of the film Swept Away in 2002. It tanked at the box office, failing to crack seven digits, making it one of the least profitable films of the year. Her sober 2003 album, American Life, fared a little better but was hardly a huge success. That same year she released a successful children's book, The English Roses, which was followed by four more over the coming years. The album Confessions on a Dance Floor from 2005 was her return to music and to the dance-oriented material that had made her a star


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#3  我喜欢的10首麦当娜的歌(v2)             Go Back
站长这篇美文从前在闲地拜读过,讨论线那个热闹。:-)

麦当娜是歌坛常青藤,变幻多姿,风情万种。年过五十还那么hot, 劲歌劲舞,不得了。

麦当娜歌中,阿乐推荐的那首自然是最爱。爱友及歌。 :-)

但总体来说,似乎更喜欢鲍勃·迪伦和甲壳虫的歌。
        



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