Madonna built her empire on pristine pop that still resonates on the radio today, but a master of any form knows how to expertly break the rules, defy expectations, and just get weird or goofy, as well. Nestled in her discography of pure pop bops is a recurring trend: off-the-walls sonic experimentations, songs with lyrics that weave in influences from unusual sources like beat poetry and religious chants, and some purely for-the-club collaborations. After all, this is not a woman who got her start on The Mickey Mouse Club, but rather by drumming in a rock band, hanging with Lower East Side art scene luminaries, and once, while still working as a nightclub coat check girl, opening for the Smiths. She was basically the early '80's version of a hipster, and sometimes that art kid and club kid past still jumps out.
While you may tune to greatest hits comps like Celebration or The Immaculate Collection today to celebrate Madge's 60th birthday, the portrait of Madonna as a musical artist isn't quite complete without a trip into the weirder and less celebrated parts of her oeuvre. Here, a collection of Madonna's less heralded, wonderfully oddball tracks.
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