“All you need is your own imagination
So use it that’s what it’s for
Go inside, for your finest inspiration
Your dreams will open the door
It makes no difference if you’re black or white
If you’re a boy or a girl
If the music’s pumping it will give you new life
You’re a superstar, yes that’s what you are
You know it
Come on, vogue”
Written by Madonna/Shep Pettibone
Produced by Madonna/Shep Pettibone
Taken from the album I’m Breathless
Also released on The Immaculate Collection, I’m Going To Tell You A Secret, Celebration and Sticky & Sweet Tour
US #1, UK #1, AUS #1
How do you even begin to describe how amazing ‘Vogue’ is? It’s ‘Vogue’. It needs no introduction and it needs no explanantion. But I’ll try anyway, because, hey I’m here and I might as well. Whether it’s French-style at the MTV Video Music Awards or mashed up with ‘4 Minutes’ on the Sticky & Sweet tour, this track is a pop classic, a house classic, a legendary visual experience, a dance floor anthem, an international number one, a fucking icon of music. I. LOVE. IT. SO. MUCH.
Opening with the phrase “What are you looking at?” to which everyone answered “Your breasts in that see-through shirt”, Madonna takes us on a journey through fashion and music and the reason why so many people spend so much time caring about both: because the soul is in the musical, and that’s why I feel so beautiful. ‘Vogue’ is often cited as an ode to gay culture and to dance, but I think it’s much broader than that, it’s about music as a whole. As ‘Music’ would put so aptly ten years later, it makes the people come together, yeah. But it also makes the individual feel different, it gives them a whole new power, a whole new lust for life.
On ‘Vogue’ Madonna pays tribute to the stars of yesterday in her famous rap section, which will always be one of her true moments of awesome. After the quick slowdown of the beat following that verse, we come screaming back into the chorus for one last time. “Let your body move to the music!” she demands, her voice as intense as the throbbing beats behind her. And we followed her. And we saw that it was good.