NSFW: Erotica — Madonna

Madonna:  EROTICA

)[dirty f*ck remix by sydney_electra](

+Commentary:  This song is finally “of age”  (…read more)


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(…continued) and can finally talk the trash that is littered throughout this remix. It is 23 years old today, and is probably quickly overlooked or forgotten in Madge’s legacy. While at the time it was forward-thinking, ground-breaking, and probably her most ‘artistic’ album in her oeuvre. It is notably shallow, and was even at the time a reductive foul-mouthed smutty (or ‘reductive’) homage to Grace Jones’ “Slave to the Rhythm” to my mind. You are free to disagree. The combination of the titillating book: SEX, the pushing the envelope to such a point it wasn’t clear if it would be her downfall, and this album which did middling sales-wise, and certainly was vaguely self-destructive to the rather enormous brand she had established. The empire created around her considerable talent as a businessperson seemed to almost come into question as it took a hard turn into not just controversial but outright dangerous territory.

Contrasted with Grace Jones’ Slave to the Rhythm & Jungle Fever by Jean-Paul Goude, is not unlike the Madonna / Steven Meisel collaboration that gave us the Helmut Newton-esque photo editorial diary to the in-your-face sexuality of the album. There are deep correlations, but clear differences. Grace was the muse & the artist, and Madonna was the post-post-modernist capitalist redux. Yet those are just the backgrounds, the launching points as it were.

In ways the book+videos+album combine in a way to presage the rise of our current Selfie-empowered revolution. It is sexual empowerment by way of narcissistically exploring our sexuality. It is the ars erotica vs the scientia sexualis  in almost typical Foucauldian fashion. We can both appreciate an critique the way it both failed and succeeded. Memorializing it a generation later is probably not helpful, but imagining it as a soundtrack for our currently societal modus operandi, and how it almost tame these days sonically. Hence the times change, and what was repulsive or too bold once, is rather meek by the changing morays.

Somehow though the Pornification of the mainstream, the homemade sexting, self-made porn littering porntube and others, it seems as if Erotica was indeed a manifesto for how to self-objectify and explore yours, and the world’s bold obsession with the pleasure principle. Freud must be spinning in his grave, with glee.


Lyrics:

“Erotica”

Erotica, romance [repeat]
My name is Dita
I’ll be your mistress tonight
I’d like to put you in a trance

If I take you from behind
Push myself into your mind
When you least expect it
Will you try and reject it
If I’m in charge and I treat you like a child
Will you let yourself go wild
Let my mouth go where it wants to

Give it up, do as I say
Give it up and let me have my way
I’ll give you love, I’ll hit you like a truck
I’ll give you love, I’ll teach you how to …

I’d like to put you in a trance, all over
Erotic, erotic, put your hands all over my body [repeat twice]
Erotic, erotic

Once you put your hand in the flame
You can never be the same
There’s a certain satisfaction
In a little bit of pain
I can see you understand
I can tell that you’re the same
If you’re afraid, well rise above
I only hurt the ones I love

Give it up, do as I say
Give it up and let me have my way
I’ll give you love, I’ll hit you like a truck
I’ll give you love, I’ll teach you how to …

I’d like to put you in a trance, all over
Erotic, erotic, put your hands all over my body [repeat twice]
Erotic, erotic

Erotica, romance
I’d like to put you in a trance
Erotica, romance
Put your hands all over my body

I don’t think you know what pain is
I don’t think you’ve gone that way
I could bring you so much pleasure
I’ll come to you when you say
I know you want me
I’m not gonna hurt you
I’m not gonna hurt you, just close your eyes

Erotic, erotic [repeat several times]
Put your hands all over my body
All over me, all over me

Erotica, (give it up, give it up) romance
I’d like to put you in a trance
Erotica, (give it up, give it up) romance
I like to do a different kind of
Erotica, (give it up, give it up) romance
I’d like to put you in a trance
Erotica, romance
Put your hands all over my body

Only the one that hurts you can make you feel better
Only the one that inflicts pain can take it away

Eroti – ca


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3 thoughts on “NSFW: Erotica — Madonna

    • in a good way or a bad way? Didn’t play it at work, I hope. NSFW, most def NSFW. I remixed this entire album with sound effects from arcane indie/sexploitation movies & porn. Not ready for prime time just yet, but on the 25th anniversary I’ll reveal it!

      • Heh, I’m at home, but I definitely had this mix back in the day. I played (and still play) the hell out of this CD back then. This album dropped in my second year of college, and also about as many years of being “out” and embracing it.

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