A look at Madonna´s third album “True Blue”.
Time to resume my analysis of Madonna´s videos album by album. I am enjoying revisiting her although the album I’m looking at today isn’t one of her best, or not one that has great videos anyway…
Her third album is “True Blue”. It was released in June 30th, 1986. It was a success worldwide, and it was a more mature album, dealing with work and relationships, the album was dedicated to her then husband Sean Penn. She also incorporated elements of classical music into her pop music, and received positive reviews from the critics. It has several singles that were hits, among which you can find songs like “La Isla Bonita”, “Open Your Heart”, “Live to Tell”, “True Blue” and the following video:
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
The song was written by Brian Elliot and Madonna. I think it is one of the first times she tries to get a message across and not have the song be just a poppy catchy tune. She talks about teenage pregnancy and abortion.
Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep
Papa don’t preach, I’ve been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I’m keeping my baby, oh
I’m gonna keep my baby, mmm…
He says that he’s going to marry me
We can raise a little family
Maybe we’ll be all right
It’s a sacrifice
But my friends keep telling me to give it up
Saying I’m too young, I ought to live it up
What I need right now is some good advice, please
The song was a commercial success. The music video was directed by James Foley, who would later work with her in the movie “Who´s that Girl” and who directed the movie “At Close Range” and several TV episodes for different series. It stars with Madonna wearing a tom boy outfit hanging out with her friends. Then, we see a new look for Madonna, she is wearing tight black shirt and pants, showing a much more muscular and toned body and she is wearing red lipstick and short, platinum hair. As she sings the lyrics “‘Cause I was always your little girl” we start seeing flashbacks of “her” as a little girl and her father (played by actor Danny Aiello – whom I love and hold close to my heart for his role in “Hudson Hawk”). The video goes on and suddenly we see her locking eyes with the male star in the video, who has eyes almost as gorgeous as John Stamos (not quite but close). The video tells the story of a loving single father raising his little girl, then the girl growing up, falling in love and getting pregnant. We see her struggle to tell him and the tense moments after she gives the news to his father and then it ends with her father extending his hand to her and ending with both of them hugging.
Personally, I like the video and the song. I like the classical strings and the pop mix, and I love her dancing! I was looking at it and thinking there are some of Madonna´s trademark dance moves there. She was starting to find herself there and it shows. You go girl!
The song is said to have cause her trouble with the Vatican as she dedicated it to Pope John Paul II. It also sparkled debate between pro live and pro choice groups and got America talking about teenage pregnancy. I think that has it`s own merit. Although I don´t always enjoy it, I can appreciate and respect an artist wanting to bring attention to issues that concern her/him. I think this video in many ways changed the way we looked at Madonna, and made us realize she was not just a pop star, she was a force to be reckoned with.