MADONNA - LA ISLA BONITA (1987)
La Isla Bonita (or The beautiful Island in English) spent two weeks at No.1 in the UK from 25th April 1987. It was a world-wide hit and was the last single to be released from Madonna's third studio album True Blue.
Amazingly, the song was originally turned down by Michael Jackson for his Bad album. Madonna accepted the song (obviously!) but re-wrote the lyrics.
The four other singles from the True Blue album were Live to Tell, Papa Don't Preach, True Blue and Open Your Heart, and they were all Top 5 hits in the UK. True Blue remains my favourite Madonna album, mainly because every track is a perfectly constructed pop song and wasn't destroyed by thumping dance beats!
In the video Madonna plays two characters - a pious girl and a passionate Latina and she wore a red flamenco style dress for the second character. It was directed by Mary Lambert who also directed the controversial Like A Prayer video, as well as the for Like A Virgin and Borderline. The first airing of the video was on 29th March 1987 on MTV.
The 7 inch vinyl single included a 4:20 Instrumental Remix. The 12 inch vinyl featured an Extended Remix (5:28) and an Instrumental (5:14).
Don't miss this bonus 80s Megamix!
Madonna's "Who's That Girl" look on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in September 1987,