MADONNA "LIKE A VIRGIN" (1984)
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
The song wasn't actually written by Madonna but by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, and, interestingly, Steinberg says he wrote it from his own personal sexual experiences and that it wasn't even intended to be sung by a female singer!
The B-side on both the 7" and 12" vinyl singles was the album version of "Stay".
The video was directed by Mary Lambert, who also directed the video for the next single "Material Girl", as well as "Borderline", "La Isla Bonita" and "Like A Prayer". It was shot partly in New York City, but predominantly in venice. The singer wears a wide range of outfits, including a white wedding dress which she also wore while performing the song on The Virgin Tour during 1985. She can also be seen walking around the city, over bridges and riding in a gondola, but not while wearing the wedding dress!
You will, no doubt, also have noticed a lion walking around the city. Apparently, it was rather disobedient and just did its own thing. At one point, he had his head in Madonna's crotch and let out a huge roar. Well, if I had my head in Madonna's crotch, I would probably have roared, too.
Madonna's follow-up single, "Material Girl" (in which she mimics Marilyn Monroe) didn't quite hit the top spot, peaking at #2 in the U.S. and #3 in the UK. However, it did top the U.S. dance charts.
Fashion iconMadonna on the front of the US vinyl single sleeve. Note the rosary beads, crucifix and stacks of bangles on her arms.