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When did Madonna become the Rolling Stones ?!

When did Madonna become the Rolling Stones ?!

Madonna’s starting her European tour in Cardiff – just outside my front door, in fact. Except she’s charging a whopping £70 for a ticket!!!

Now I realise I’m perilously close to being part of the aging fifty-quid-man demographic who would ordinarily think nothing of spending £50 on a bunch of CDs on a Saturday afternoon (although it was in fact Anni who did this), but paying Rolling-Stones-esque ticket prices for Madonna is insane. Especially since the Rolling Stones are a bunch of aging rockers who haven’t had a hit in this decade, and Madonna is back on form.

Even the Pet Shop Boys – who have been going for as long as Madonna, and are equally iconic on a European stage – aren’t charging that much. Their gigs are around £30, and involve an equally-insane number of dancers, smoke machines and other pyrotechnics. Indeed, it’s arguably more involving since it involves architecturally-designed sets.

So what has Madonna got to offer that’s worth £70 for two hours of entertainment? More gyrating hotpants?

Time-travelling Madonna

Time-travelling Madonna

If you’ve got a radio, then by now you’ll have heard Madonna’s new single Hung Up, which contains an interesting sample from Abba’s Gimme Gimme Gimme. By the time the single’s released in November, we’ll all be heartily fed up of it. You mark my words, young man.

The only reason I can think of why Madonna – who’s been around for 25+ years, let’s not forget – would need to sample an ancient Abba disco track would be if she was trying to reference in some way the history of disco from then till now, but didn’t want to resort to obvious cliches like Staying Alive. or Dancing Queen.

The thing is, see, if I was a clever producer who was tasked with finding a sample that would reference the early days of disco, wouldn’t it have been dead clever to actually use a sample from one of Madonna’s early hits, such as Lucky Star?

Then again, this is probably why I’m not a disco music producer.

ADDENDUM: In doing research for this post – ie a Google blog search I’m amazed at how almost every mention of the song has the word “gay” in there somewhere. Call me a gaydar-less idiot, but I still can’t see how a bunch of musical notes, drumbeats and riffs can relate to human sexuality. Then again, my favourite artist is still the Pet Shop Boys.

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