It was Sunday night dinner, so that also meant it was everyone-picks-a-song-they-want-from-youtube night.
When it was my time I threw a super curveball at Hubbie, as it was nothing I had requested before… “Can you see if you can find Madonna, Dress You Up, live?”
He found the original clip for the song, which was from her Like A Virgin tour as I’d wanted… but it was the official video, and so the studio recording was used as the audio, NOT the live concert version.
And I KNEW the difference.
I knew, because back when I was 12 years old, there was a 3 month period where my parents succumbed to cable TV. It was meant to stay at $30 a month, so when it went up by a few bucks after that initial period, they ordered me to call up and cancel… typical parents. 😉
But in those 3 months, I purged on as much extra channels as I could. I watched heaps of Freddy Krueger sequels… tonnes of C-grade teen movies… and the best find of all, was Madonna’s 1985 Like A Virgin concert tour filmed in Detroit.
I inhaled this doco. I savoured it. I taped it, and watched it again and again and again. I knew most of the songs already, but then I learnt some of her lesser known hits like the rock-grungy Gambler, and super-catchy Over and Over.
I learnt the dance moves. I picked up the bits where her concert version deviated from the album recordings. I knew every single phrase and word uttered in song and to the audience, every –
“That goes for you too Grandma!” at the start of Holiday.
Her emotional – “I gotta talk fast ’cause I might start crying,” when she addressed the audience.
“Do you wanna hear some more? I said, ‘do you wanna hear some more?'”
To her “I don’t need money I need love!” declaration during Material Girl.
Tonight, as I eventually found the original LIVE version on youtube, I realised I had found so much more.
Because I had found the complete concert.
It was all there, the entire hour set.
I was rapt. :):):)
I sang and I danced. I gasped that I was still able to remember lines and conversations. I sang along as we finished dinner, I washed the dishes, and then I worked some more on our 1000 piece puzzle (yeah we were wrong when we thought it was only 500 or so… double that!)
It made me soooo happy. It took me back to my childhood. It took me back to a simpler time.
And oh, the 80s! What brilliant fun that was! Seeing the fashion, the hair, feeling the iconic music…
I can’t believe it, I remembered it ALL.
“I went to New York, I had a dream.
I wanted to be a big star.
I didn’t know anybody.
I wanted to dance, I wanted to sing,
I wanted to do all those things,
I wanted to make people happy,
I wanted to be famous
I wanted everybody to love me,
I wanted to be a star
I worked really hard
And my dream came true.”
BANG! That is her Like a Virgin concert opening monologue and that all came from my head! BOOM! Word for word it is imprinted in there.
And just because, 80s music can save us all, here is the opener…