It was released as the second single from the album on May 9, by Sire Records. The song was Madonna - Express Yourself on the greatest hits compilation albums The Immaculate Collectionand Celebration Written and produced by them, the song was a tribute to American funk and soul band Sly and the Family Madonna - Express Yourself.
The main inspiration behind the song is female empowerment, urging women never to go for second-best and to always express their inner feelings. The lyrics talk about rejecting material pleasures and only accepting the best for oneself; subtexts are employed throughout the song.
Commercially, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot and became Madonna's sixth number-one hit on the European Hot Singles chart. It also reached the top of the singles charts in Canada and Switzerland, Tonk - Félix Simtaine* - Intensive Act the top five elsewhere.
The accompanying music video, directed by David Fincher Samba Gostoso - Walter Santos - Bossa Nova, was inspired by the Fritz Lang classic film Metropolis The video portrayed a city full of tall skyscrapers and railway lines.
Madonna played the part of a glamorous lady and chained masochist, with muscular men acting as her workers. In the end, she picks one of them—played by model Cameron Alborzian —as her date. Critics noted the video's depiction of female sexuality and that Madonna's masculine image in the video was gender-bending. The song and the video are noted for their freedom expression and feminist aspects, and its postmodern nature entranced academics, by resisting definition. It has also left its mark on the work of subsequent pop acts, including the Spice GirlsChristina Aguilera and Madonna - Express Yourself Gaga.
She had certain matters on her mind, including her troubled relationship with her ex-husband Sean Pennher family, her lost mother and even her belief in God. As Madonna considered her alternatives, producers Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray had individually began to tinker with various Naomi Waltz - Living Strings Plus Two Pianos - My Silent Love tracks and musical ideas to present to her for consideration.
Michael quoted Madonna saying:. And in effect you are chained down by Madonna - Express Yourself inability to say what you feel or go after what you want. No matter how in control you think you are about sexuality in a relationship there is always the power struggle Of being beholden, if you love them.
You do it because you choose to. No one put the chain around this neck but me. I wrote 'Express Yourself' to tell women around the world that pick and choose the best for yourself, before that chain around your neck, kills you instead.
It's my take on how man Madonna - Express Yourself express what they want, the same prerogative should be there for a woman too. The chorus is aided by instrumentation from a saxophone and percussion.
Madonna then sings the first verse of the song, as Madonna - Express Yourself violin sound is added after she finishes the bridge"Make you feel like a queen on the throne, make you love it till you never come down", a male voice repeating the last line.
After Bad Religion - Various - Korn Family MP3 small saxophone interludea break-down comes with Madonna singing in a fuller voice, as horns and percussion beats continue.
Madonna changes the lyrics at the end to "express himself", and after another repetition of the bridge and the intermediate verse, the chorus comes where she changes the lyrics back to the original title. The song ends with the words "respect yourself" fading out.
The song appears to be in the key of G major but its actual composition seems to be written in the key of C major. According to Rikky Rooksby, author of The Complete Guide to the Music of Madonna Madonna - Express Yourselfthe lyrics of "Express Yourself" make it a simple love song, with Madonna exhorting the women in her audience not to go for second-best, to express their feelings and get their men to express theirs.
When Madonna utters the line "Come on girls, do you believe in love? Randy Taraborrelli, author of Madonna: An Intimate Biography called the song a "funky dance anthem" and reacted positively to its message of a "female call-to-arms in communication and self-respect.
Biographer Mary Cross noted in her book Madonna: A BiographyMadonna - Express Yourself the song paved the way for its music video and became a testament to freedom. They added that the opening line "Don't go for second best, baby" transformed the song into a postmodernist anthem.
Here Madonna - Express Yourself is the anti-materialism girl, exhorting her female audiences to respect themselves. That means having a man who loves I Cover The Waterfront - Lester Young - Pres Vol. IV head and your heart. If he doesn't treat you right and here's the revolutionary rhetoric you're better off on your own.
Like a female preacher, Madonna emphasizes each word of the chorus, invoking God and the power of orgasm. In parts Cosmo-woman, girl-talk, and swinging dance track, it presages the Madonna - Express Yourself declarative stance of " Vogue " and shows Madonna moving from introspective to survivalist mode.
Professor Maury Dean wrote in his book Rock 'n' Roll Gold Rush: A Singles Un-Cyclopediathat the main appeal of "Express Yourself" lay in its Deepness - Steve Vai - Original Album Classics appeal, although he understood that at Daddy - Dion - I Put Away My Idols core, it was addressing a very important issue of female liberation.
Considine called "Express Yourself" an unabashed groove tune and felt that it seemed "smart and sassy, right down to Madonna's soul-style testimony on the intro: 'Come on, girls, do you believe in love? He added that the song "turned Madonna's 'Material Girl' image on its head, denouncing material things for a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
In the United States, "Express Yourself" was the highest debuting single at number 41 on the Billboard Hotfor the issue dated June 3,and after four weeks reached the top-ten of the chart, Madonna - Express Yourself number six.
After five weeks, the song reached a peak of number five on the chart, staying there for one week, before descending the chart. It was present for a total of 12 weeks on the chart. After seven weeks, the song reached the top of the chart for one week, becoming Madonna's third number-one single there.
Fincher liked the concept and it became the main backdrop for the video. This one I Various - Native Sampler Three : Natural Instinct the most amount of input. I oversaw everything—the building of the sets, everyone's costumes, I had meetings with make-up and hair and the cinematographer, everybody.
Casting, finding the right cat—just every aspect. Kind of like making a little movie. We basically sat down and just threw out all every idea we could possibly conceive of and of all the things Your True Enemy - Nachtmystium - Live At Roadburn MMX wanted.
All the imagery we wanted—and I had a few set ideas, for instance the cat and the idea of Metropolis. I definitely wanted to have that influence, that look on all the men—the workers, diligently, methodically working away. Madonna mentioned jokingly in a BBC Television interview on the program Omnibusthat the main theme of the video and the cat metaphor represented that "Pussy rules the world". I didn't want to do it.
I thought it's just so over the top and silly and kind of cliched, an art student or a film student's kind of trick. I'm glad that I gave in to him. The video opens with the view of a city populated with skyscrapers, intermingling railway lines and aero-crafts. Steam blows out of the funnels Madonna - Express Yourself a factory as big machines are shown.
Madonna, wearing black lingerie, appears on the back of a statue of an angry looking swan, and utters the line: "Come on girls, do Madonna - Express Yourself believe in love?
Amidst the smoke filled environment, the chiseled torso of the male workers Madonna - Express Yourself shown, as they strip off their shirts, with water splashing all around. Madonna is then shown in a light-green gown, holding a black cat in her lap, looking across the factory from her sitting room of her penthouse office. As she sings the first verse, the workers perform choreographed dance routine inside the factory. Madonna lies down on a sofa and the cat escapes from her lap, as her singing reaches the owner of the factory, through a series of speakers.
He becomes nervous hearing her voice and looks down to find one of the workers staring up and looking for the source of the voice. With the beginning of the second verse, Madonna moves into her bedroom, wearing a very feminine lingerie looking outfit. She moves behind different white screens and dances in suggestive manner, her silhouette reflecting it from the other side of the screens. In the meantime the worker continues to Madonna - Express Yourself about Madonna's voice and dreams of Linear Bells - Le Cavalier Bleu eyes amidst smokes.
He then sees Madonna standing atop a long flight of stairs inside the factory, wearing a pinstripe suit and displaying a monocle glass. She dances on a platform, holding her crotch sometimes, and briefly tears open her jacket to expose her bra, as two men pull at levers beside the steps. In the meantime, the owner of the factory listens to live musicians in his room, with a remote control, as Madonna is shown lying naked on her bed, with one end of a chain attached to her neck, the other end going long down into the factory.
As the owner leers at the musicians in the room, the worker is shown caressing Madonna's cat, while looking up expectantly towards her room. Perhaps the owner in a suit is Madonna's husband and she is trying to escape him. As the final verse of the song begins, a soaked Madonna, wearing the same black lingerie, like a stalking cat, is shown crawling on the floor among her furniture, like under the table with lightning flashing, along with a brief scene through a clear globe held up by 3 male statues, the scene interspersed with Madonna sitting on a sofa and smoking.
The worker ultimately gets up from his steel bed and, carrying Madonna's cat, walks towards Madonna's room as she reaches for a bowl of milk, and licks it like a cat. She pours it over her shoulder and Madonna - Express Yourself reaches the worker's face, who travels up the building in an elevator, holding her cat, on a quest to return it. The worker reaches her room, returns her cat, takes her into his arm, and makes love to her as the door closes behind them.
The owner of the factory using the same monocle glass sees the empty position where the worker was and looks up at both the worker and Madonna, who are having sex. He seems to have lost control of the factory and Madonna with another man, but he doesn't mind. The video ends with a last shot of the city-line, with Madonna's eyes above the sky, and over the city which may show that she had control all along, and the epigraph on top of a series of gears. It ends with a quote, "Without the heart, there can be Madonna - Express Yourself understanding between the hand and the mind".
Unlike Metropoliswhere the line denoted the binary oppositions of the labor class against the elitist, in the video Madonna did not distinguish between the two. Jarman-Ivens noted that Duo - François-Henri Houbart - Oeuvres Pour Orgue Des XVIe et XVIIe Siècles video portrayed both men and women being looked at, actively or passively.
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However, on close inspection, Gracyk Madonna - Express Yourself to the conclusion that "Express Yourself" was a smart move for Madonna, as it actually portrayed women in a much stronger position. They noted the video for its "exploitation" of the male body and sexualizing them as an object of desire. The authors also added that the video "was a colorful homage to the term gazebut Madonna is the bearer of it—not men.
According to her, Madonna was acting out self-consciousness by Madonna - Express Yourself herself". She concluded by saying, "'Express Yourself' gives its viewers a whole new series of image references to traditional American gendered and sexual icons—male and female—and a whole new level of irony. The sudden and continuous changes of camera angles, scenes and the distance and mood seemed to produce an "apparently incoherent combination of images that offered no stable anchor to provide the whole with a definitive interpretation", she added.
Madonna borrowed different phallic symbolism from the film, including the smoke-billowing chimneys, the tall skyscrapers and the oppressive environment of industrial work. I'm in charge, O. Theorist Douglas Kellner further asserted that the video was a feminist critique of male fighting and brutality, with images of the male workers engaged in a boxing match at the end. She started the performance by descending from a flight of stairs, wearing a pin-striped suit and a monocle. Inglis explained that since Madonna's performance was striking primarily as a high-energy, provocatively choreographed, dance production number, it went on to highlight the 'TV' part of MTV, and in a way heralded her and the network as a cultural arbiter.
Madonna included the song in the set list of her Blond Ambition World Tour inwhich featured a version based on the Non-Stop Express remix of the song and included lyrics from " Everybody " during the introduction. It included a number of funnels billowing smoke, steel piping, cables hanging above and a flight of stairs in the middle.
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