August 21, 2008

Here's the part where we talk about Madonna.

Pay special attention to how concerned Bob is about Madonna's bra:



Here's the album cover that made such an impression on Bob:



Here's another album cover we talk about (which may evoke fond/embarrassing memories for some of you):



And I'll see if I can find that old album of my father's that had Anita Ekberg on the cover. BTW, a Google search for Anita Ekberg will give you a NSFW result, so if you want to see a picture, look here.

UPDATE: I made a little video showing those old album covers from my father, beginning with "You're My Thrill," showing Anita Ekberg.

54 comments:

Christy said...

My mom had that Herb Albert album. I played it all the time.

JonMichael S said...

In addition to being hot and fantasy fodder for middle school boys for 15 years, that woman on the Herb Alpert album is also pregnant.

/trivia

gophermomeh said...

My folks had that album, too.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Madonna has a great voice. It's not the best voice of all time, but she's totally capable and fun to listen to.
How can anyone say that she has a bad voice after listening to this amazing clip?!

gophermomeh said...

As a kid, I had always wondered what the whipped cream was all about...ha!

Alan said...

I've always been partial to this cover.

paul a'barge said...

Bob certainly has his tongue out for you, Althouse.

What's up with that?

BJK said...

You still have to pay a lot to get Sex by Madonna.

...just ask Guy Ritchie's career.

Paul Snively said...

So how worried do I need to be that I actually remember when both of those albums came out?

I never have actually liked Madonna's work. Herb Alpert, though, I was an active fan of. The fact that I was in jazz band in high school might have had something to do with that...

Peter V. Bella said...

I think the term is bustier, not bra.

She can’t sing, but she is truly a great singer?

Now I know why each pic on the post of Wright makes him look like an idiot; the tongue sticking out.

Palladian said...

I much prefer this cheesecake cover.

TitusHereComesBrenda said...

I love Althouse and I love Madonna.

I happen to like Madonna's voice. Is she the best singer, no. But the bitch can put together a fabulous song and video.

Madonna is the best.

TitusHereComesBrenda said...

I would love to justify my love in Madonna.

vbspurs said...

EXCUSE ME? Britney Spears may not be a great singer. But Madonna is absolutely a great singer.

I stopped listening to Wright's whiney voice after that. He sounds like Bob Kennedy about to bust into tears.

P.S.: My parents had that album too! It had fun songs.

rhhardin said...

I missed the entire Madonna phenomenon.

Probably from reading the wrong newspaper.

Skeptical said...

Does anyone else know the joke the punchline of which is "You dragged me here in the middle of the night just to hear some asshole play 'Winchester Cathedral'?

It can't be told in blog comments. It requires the joke-teller to hum a tune.

chuck b. said...

Madonna is an entertainer first and singer second. Wright's writer analogy misses the point. I guess he wants singers to sing and nothing more. I enjoy M's singing sometimes, but I enjoy her contributions to visual culture more (a Paglian phrase).

Is Madonna wearing a bra on the cover of Like A Virgin?

That's what a bra is?

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

What, no Julie London?

TitusHereComesBrenda said...

I love Madonna and I love her voice.

UWS guy said...

Holy shit your coffee mug is HUGE! It's literally bigger than your head Ann.

The Drill SGT said...

Madonna, never listen to her.

TTB, great stuff.

Fresh Cream, for those that don't remember was an album where all the songs were edible:

Track Listings
1. A Taste of Honey
2. Green Peppers
3. Tangerine
4. Bittersweet Samba
5. Lemon Tree
6. Whipped Cream
7. Love Potion No. 9
8. Garbanzo
9. Ladyfingers
10. Butterball
11. Peanuts
12. Lollipops and Roses
13. Rosemary
14. Blueberry Park

vbspurs said...

LOL! I noticed the coffeecup too, but I didn't want to sound catty about it (moi?).

SteveR said...

Anita Ekberg! Wow the last time I thought of her, was when I had some strange stirring in my loins about 1965.

chickenlittle said...

UWS guy said: "Holy shit your coffee mug is HUGE!"

Doesn't that much coffee make you pee a lot?

The Drill SGT said...

It featured model Dolores Erickson wearing chiffon and shaving cream

Ann Althouse said...

All you guys who are saying that Bob should have said "bustier" instead of "bra": You'll all gay, right?

Ann Althouse said...

Did you all watch "Project Runway

Ann Althouse said...

" last night?

I need to do a post on that...so hang on a minute.

Windbag said...

Singers who can't sing: Johnny Cash...but wow could that man emote.

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Ann Althouse said...

LOL.

You know, I was just wondering: Where is Trooper York? Now, I know... more than I want.

Christopher Althouse Cohen said...

Madonna is not primarily a singer. She's primariy a songwriter and a visual artist (she comes up with the visual ideas for her tours and videos). Singing is just what she has to do to not be a behind-the-scenes person, and much of what she's known for is just what she does to promote her music. And her voice is no worse than most pop singers. I actually prefer her untrained, squeaky early singing.

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Trooper York: You're thinking of Richard Wayne Cohen, my sinister alter ego.

Hey Ann, you got the Julie London allusion, didn't you?

Hi Chris!

Ron said...

hmmm...for some reason I no longer get the sound on the embeded videos... I can hear it properly on the bloggingheads site, though...

John said...

http://www.amazon.com/Whipped-Cream-Other-Delights-Rewhipped/dp/B000EDWM5E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1219351120&sr=1-2

The model in the "Rewipped" remix version of whipped cream that came out in 06 was absolutely devine. Better than the one in the original.

Peter V. Bella said...

Ann Althouse said...
“ All you guys who are saying that Bob should have said "bustier" instead of "bra": You'll all gay, right?”

Nah, old enough to remember when they were the rage; especially among the 35-50 year old newly single women set.

Peter V. Bella said...

Trooper neglected to tell us that he is pool side with two show girls with pneumatic breasts keeping them afloat.

SteveR said...

Trooper is scouting for the best odds on a repeat Super Bowl super bowl bet on the NYG.

ricpic said...

Madonna and Woody Allen are linked in my mind. Two transparently calculating careerists. But maybe that's what people want -- total fakes.

Ann Althouse said...

"Hey Ann, you got the Julie London allusion, didn't you?"

Yes, and in fact, I've done a little video with the Anita Ekberg cover that also has some of the Julie London ones. Will post it soon.

Ann Althouse said...

But did you notice that I actually talk about you in the "evil" part of the diavlog?

TMink said...

I am now convinced that many of you are in fact tone deaf and cannot perceive that Madonna, especially in that clip singing the Dick Tracy song, has significant pitch problems. And her tone varies from the back of her throat to her chest to her nose. And her phrasing is awful.

Let's face it, Madonna is best at one thing: being a tease. Oh I know she is good at lesbian kisses, making bizarre pornographic books, and rolling around on a stage. But she is simply the first singer willing to sell her sexuality as a substitute for the ability to sing well.

She is puff. Tawdry puff at that. Why should we celebrate someone who made their living in such a tawdry manner?

Trey

Joe said...
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Joe said...

Oh, and if you want a hot album cover, go no further than:

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/sugar_ray/lemonade_and_brownies/

RR Ryan said...

Except for Avalon, any of the Roxy Music album covers will do.

chickenlittle said...

@RR Ryan:

Yes especially "Country Life" which I bought wrapped in black, non see-through plastic when it came out. One day my daughter is going to put together a cute little "show and tell" about all my stuff.

Alan said...

If you recall, Avalon did have the song "More Than This." :)

vbspurs said...

I actually prefer her untrained, squeaky early singing.

IMHO, "Holiday" is one of the Top Ten Albums...ever.

Ann Althouse said...

"In the future, when you mention Anita Ekberg and NSFW, the link better damn well not be safe for work. You tease!"

It's not a tease. As I said, a simple Google search on the name will call up a page that is NSFW.

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Beldar said...

Had that album too, but on an 8-track cassette configured for Quadrophonic Sound (meaning it was really only a 4-track tape).

What, you don't remember Quadrophonic Sound?

vbspurs said...

B-bbbeldar, what do you mean? Sound isn't naturally 5.1? :((

Meade said...

Of course I remember Quadrophonic Sound! Invented by Timothy Leary, right?

Christy said...
"My mom had that Herb Albert album. I played it all the time."

Second album I bought with my lawn mowing earnings when I was 12.

First album.