7 May 2011

b-sides the hits


In July 2008, I wrote the cover feature for Record Collector magazine. The feature, ‘Madonna Rare: Unwrapping the Candy’, was a 10-page investigation of Madonna’s B-sides and other commercially released, hidden gems from the most collectable diva of all and featured commentary on these songs, taken from my original interviews with Madonna collaborators Mark Kamins, Reggie Lucas, Tony Shimkin, Greg Fitzgerald, Guy Sigsworth, Daniel Abraham, Mark Endert, Alvin Speights, Rico Conning and Kevin Parker.


The feature also revealed a couple of other exclusives – Sophie Ellis-Bextor recorded the Madonna demo, Revenge, and that a cover of another Madonna demo, I Can’t Forget, had been recorded and commercially released by UK dance outfit Tilt, albeit re-titled as Come Closer.
When Record Collector hit newstands across the world throughout summer 2008, the UK’s biggest Madonna fansite, madonnalicious.com, interviewed me. In my chats with the ‘licious, I revealed more about Come Closer and also that Swedish girl group, Sahara Hotnights, had covered yet another Madonna demo – the recently-leaked Music-era, William Orbit-produced, Run.

Click here to read my interviews with madonnalicious.com (scroll down to 21 July and 23 June posts)  which helped the magazine become the only 2008 issue of Record Collector to completely sellout – and receive generous praise from esteemed pop music journalist and broadcaster, Paul Gambaccini.







6 comments:

G said...

great reading!

thebeatswithin said...

Thanks! I was somewhat limited by the magazine's word count, which I already got the Ed to increase a few times along the way, but I hope to fill in any gaps on the blog...

abyrne79 said...

awesome. I agree great reading and can not wait to read more!

G said...

re: Each Time You Break My Heart, the Madonna solo track that has leaked is only a rough demo. Surely there must be a proper studio recording that is identical to Kamen's version except for the main vocal, of course. Don't you think?

thebeatswithin said...

Not necessarily G. One thing that my research has taught me is to assume absolutely nothing! But keep the questions coming and I hope to answer them all...

Hique said...

ooohhhhh I almost went crazy with this magazine, I was spending much money with Madonna on magazines that time, but I read in a store, it's fantastic