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Inside The Groove - Madonna's Music
A podcast that dissects Madonna’s most famous songs, discussing how the were written and recorded, often referring to demos and outtakes
Nov 23, 2021
Album Deep Dive - 5 - Like A Prayer
The story behind t he recording of Madonna's seminal album, with details of the photoshoot, the singles and a focus on Oh Father.
Nov 11, 2021
Album Deep Dive - 4 You Can Dance
The story behind Madonna's first remix album with special focus on the song Spotlight - plus additional infor about Who's That Girl
Oct 29, 2021
Album Deep Dive - 3 True Blue
The story behind Madonna's third album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design, and special focus on the song Papa Don't Preach.
Oct 15, 2021
Album Deep Dive - 2 Like A Virgin
The story behind Madonna's second album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design, and special focus on the song Material Girl
Oct 1, 2021
Album Deep Dive - 1 Madonna
The story behind Madonna's 1983 debut album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design and special focus on the song Lucky Star.
Sep 10, 2021
Special Episode - Madonna Covers (with Darren Hayes)
Who has covered her with Golden Kisses and when did Madonna do it better? This episode focusses on a new album of Madonna covers and also talks about the best and not so best covers of Madonna songs from over the years with special guest Darren Hayes.
Sep 1, 2021
Deep Dive - Don‘t Tell Me
Yee-haw! Get ready to line dance in celebration of that folky piece of electronica. But also to hear some of the songs which didn't make the final cut for the Music album on its release in 2000.
Aug 16, 2021
Special Episode -Deeper & Deeper Remixed & Revisited
This episode was first released in February 2021 with part 2 only available to patrons. Now you can listen to both episodes together as a gift on Madonna's birthday. Remember to check out the new merchandise at https://merchify.me/insidethegroove/
Aug 14, 2021
Special Episode - Who‘s That Girl
Revisiting all four songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, discussing the movie with the MLVC podcast, talking about the Who's That Girl World Tour with the Immaculate Podcast plus special guests Graham Gremore from Queerty and Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light who plays his cover of Causing A Commotion. Also included are brand new - exclusively for this podcast - covers of other 1987 Madonna tracks by Graingerboy, Kavana, and Darren Hayes. A celebration of Madonna for her 63rd birthday.
Jul 31, 2021
Deep Dive - 4 Minutes
A tonal shift for Madonna with a song which was not only a massive hit for the singer, but brought lots of new fans on board. But it's a divisive track and era with certain fans. I'll be discussing this, telling the story of the recording and mixing and also exploring its use in the TV show Glee.
Jul 18, 2021
Deep Dive - Burning Up
This was Madonna's second single, but it didn't have a global release so is not known as widely as some of her bigger hits, despite being a complete banger! Hear the story of its earliest versions plus how Madonna was styled, how the video was made, the special artwork by her friend Martin Burgoyne and much more!
Jun 30, 2021
Deep Dive - Evita (part 3) with The Honest Vocal Coach
The final part of the set of episodes about Evita is a discussion with the Honest Vocal Coach about Madonna's voice as we compare it to the other famous actors to have played the role of Eva Peron.
Jun 23, 2021
Deep Dive - Evita (part 2)
The second part of three episodes discussing Madonna's role in this movie and the accompanying soundtrack.
Jun 12, 2021
Deep Dive - Evita (part 1)
In the first of three episodes, we discover the history of the musical from concept album to stage show and on to film. You'll find out how Madonna first became involved in the mid 1980s, only to be dropped from the part but, of course, rehired for the final version. You'll get to hear some early versions of the songs by Madonna as well as excerpts from the original album and a rare remix of Buenos Airies.
Jun 5, 2021
Guest Episode - Ace of Base 'All That She Wants'
No new Groove episode right now, but don't go without - have an episode from the sister podcast - all about this huge 90s hit from Sweden.
May 23, 2021
Deep Dive - Beautiful Stranger
The lead single from the soundtrack to the second Austin Powers movie - The Spy Who Shagged me. A popular radio hit and a number one in 4 territories. We discuss the song's origin, its video and the other song Madonna recorded at the same time, with Latin singer Ricky Martin
May 8, 2021
Deep Dive - Hollywood
The second single from the American Life album is a much-loved track by fans and especially for its video and MTV performance. However, it failed to chart in the US, following controversy around the singer. The video also drew criticism and a lawsuit and then there was the Britney kiss. An interesting time in Madonna's career that overshadows what an incredible pop song it is.
Mar 29, 2021
Deep Dive - Everybody
Madonna’s very first single was the template for all that was to come. With a two-song deal, she recorded it in Chelsea, Manhattan. 39 years later, she is the richest female music artist in the world. Hear the original demo, the multitrack breakdown, and more in this episode which celebrates one year of podcasting.
Mar 20, 2021
Deep Dive - Secret
The first single frrom Madonna's sixth album and a big change in direction for the artist with a laid back launch to the new era. Here's the story of how it came about, along with details of the video and launch promo campaign.
Mar 14, 2021
Something To Remember - Kavana
With multiple Top 40 UK singles including two Top Ten hits, Kavana spent the 1990s working the music business and was also a huge, huge Madonna fan. Recalling stories of their "near miss" and also working with Patrick Leonard, he has some very interesting tales to tell.
Mar 4, 2021
Interview - The Honest Vocal Coach
You may be aware of Georgina aka The Honest Vocal Coach who runs a very popular YouTube channel designed to analyse the vocal styles - good and bad - of many popular singers. This episode takes a fascinating look into how Madonna's voice has developed over her career. Not to be missed!
Feb 26, 2021
Something To Remember - H from Steps
An interview with Ian Watkins - aka H from the UK band Steps - he's a big Madonna fan and we talk about how she's touched his life over the years.
Feb 15, 2021
Deep Dive - Deeper and Deeper (part1)
One of Madonna's most loved songs, from its origin on a cassette played to Madonna in Chicago, through to being a high;ight of the Erotica album. This episode discusses everything from Castanets to Plagiarism, via a record shop in Paris.
Feb 4, 2021
Interview - Donna De Lory (part 2)
Starting with Donna's stories of recording the Erotica album in New York, 1992, through to the Girlie Show and beyond - right up until the Madame X era, Donna takes us on her own personal Madonna journey.
Jan 30, 2021
Interview - Donna De Lory (part 1)
An exclusive interview with Madonna's background singer and dancer, Donna Delory. This part explores the era from the Who's That Girl tour to Blond Ambition and Donna's first solo LP.
Jan 23, 2021
Guest Episode - Deee-Lite 'Groove Is In The Heart'
There's no new Madonna episode this week. In its absence, here's an episode from our other podcast, Inside The Hits.
Jan 23, 2021
Guest Episode - Pet Shop Boys 'It's A Sin'
There's no new Madonna episode this week. In its absence, here's an episode from our other podcast, Inside The Hits.
Jan 16, 2021
Deep Dive - Madonna Against The Music
Since her career began, Madonna has contributed her distinctive vocals to other people's songs and even given away some of her unreleased gems, earning big hits by proxy. With features on hits by Brtiney Speaks, Dua Lipa and Ricky Martin not to mention having the likes of Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow and Nick Kamen take care of her cast-offs, this episode explores 20 such songs.
Jan 9, 2021
Deep Dive - Bitch I'm Madonna
Love it or hate it - 'Bitch I'm Madonna' was the third single from Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' album in 2015. Hear how it was developed, along with the original demo before Scottish artist Sophie added her own touches to it. There's also discussion about other tracks from the album which changed drastically over time.
Jan 3, 2021
Deep Dive - Keep It Together
Released as a single in 1990 and performed as the closing song for Madonna's Blond Ambition tour, it's the single-that-never-was for many territories where it was held back in favour of Vogue. Nonetheless, Keep it Together is one of the highlights from the Like A Prayer album and now we learn more about its recording and hear those individual instruments clearer than ever before.
Jan 2, 2021
Deep Dive - Cherish
The third single from Madonna's Like A Prayer album had its origins in Madonna's Broadway dressing room. But it was the second song she'd written with the title Cherish. Find out about that unreleased track, hear the demo for Cherish and discover new and interesting facts about the song and its video.
Dec 18, 2020
Christmas Special - Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
The story of how Madonna recorded a cover of an album track by Swedish band ABBA but never release it. Hear the various demos and other tracks that were abandoned during the follow-up to Ray of Light. Also, hear the story of the recording of the ABBA original in 1981 - including the various demos.
Nov 29, 2020
Deep Dive - Keep it Together (teaser)
(The full version of this episode is available to patrons only). Released as a single in 1990 and performed as the closing song for Madonna's Blond Ambition tour, it's the single-that-never-was for many territories where it was held back in favour of Vogue. None the less, Keep it Together is one of the highlights from the Like A Prayer album and now we learn more about its recording and hear those individual instruments clearer than every before.
Nov 15, 2020
Promo: Series 2
Get a sneak peak of some of the songs and subject to be covered in 2021.
Nov 13, 2020
Something To Remember -Bright Light Bright Light
Singer Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light talks through his Madonna memories and also discusses working with Madonna's backup singers, Donna Delory and Nicki Harris.
Nov 12, 2020
Something To Remember - Gareth Jones
Excuse the sentimentality - here's an interview with my husband, about his favourite Madonna songs... and also a chance for me to answer the Something To Remember questions.
Nov 5, 2020
Something To Remember - Justin Myers
Justin has written for GQ, Guardian, Empire - many publications - about Madonna and the first of his two novels, 'The Last Romeo', has quite an imaginary new dating app..
Oct 29, 2020
Something To Remember - Matt Cain
Matt Cain, author of The Madonna of Bolton discusses the Madonna songs that have soundtracked his life.
Oct 24, 2020
Deep Dive - Celebration
Madonna's 2009 track recorded with Paul Oakenfold is a great song which references some ideas from her previous hits and was the lead from her greatest hits compilation of that year. Hear about its creation along with some elements left out of the final mix.
Oct 24, 2020
Bonus Beats - Vogue - the samples
Madonna's classic track lifts inspiration and samples from other songs. Here's a refresher, but we've also identified a key loop that's used throughout the song - revealed for the first time.
Oct 15, 2020
Interview: Inside the MLVC Groove
When two podcasts meet! We try and find out Madonna's most underrated song.
Oct 11, 2020
Deep Dive: American Life
One of Madonna's most experimental recordings and the title track to her ninth studio album, the song is memorable for its rap which was largely unliked by non Madonna fans, yet the song is adored by her closest followers. This episode tries to work out why the song wasn't quite so loved by all.
Oct 1, 2020
Interview: Madonna's Movie Songs (with Darren Hayes) - Part 2
The second part of my discussion where we talk Leonard, Bray, Shep, Orbit, and who we'd play in Madonna's upcoming biopic.
Sep 28, 2020
Interview: Madonna's Movie Songs (with Darren Hayes) - Part 1
To celebrate six months of the podcast and 100,000 downloads, here is the first part of a discussion on the various songs Madonna has written and recorded for movies. Edward discusses songs such as Beautiful Stranger and Sooner or Later with Darren Hayes.
Sep 24, 2020
Deep Dive: Holiday
Madonna's first, big, international release and the opening track on Immaculate Collection - this song may sound very 1983, but it still cuts it when played on the radio today. It was almost never recorded by her but was turned around in under five days at the cost of $10,000 - why has it endured?
Sep 17, 2020
Bonus Beats: Express Yourself Remixes
A dive into the most famous of all Madonna's remixes - and a listen to the changes made for the single remix, too. We try to examine why Madonna would become so smitten with this version that it would be what she took on the road for 1990's Blond Ambition tour.
Sep 10, 2020
Deep Dive: Express Yourself
One of Madonna's first songs. Hear how it was written, how it was recorded, what the people behind the song think of it and we also go there... down the Lady GaGa route but not before examining what song Madonna was "influenced" by. Plus there are a few things you may never have heard before...
Sep 3, 2020
Deep Dive: Masterpiece
This stunning song won Madonna a Golden Globe for its use in the movie WE and would also be an emotional highlight of the MDNA album. This episode discusses the creation of that record and shines the light on other tracks. Included in this episode are Madonna's raw vocal - without effects - and also a version of Masterpiece sung by the original writer.
Aug 29, 2020
Deep Dive: Crave
Madonna's most recent album, Madame X has also been her most ambitious and diverse. This episode looks at one of the more radio-friendly tracks along with insight into two of the other songs including one which was the subject of some contention from another writer.
Aug 25, 2020
Live Performances: Vogue (teaser)
A teaser for the patron-only episode about the live versions of Vogue including rare rehearsal audio and examples of the many iterations of the song.
Aug 22, 2020
Deep Dive: Get Together
The third single from Madonna's Confessions On A Dancefloor album is a fan favourite. Originally recorded in Sweden, it was reconstructed by Stuart Price in London before being included on Madonna's tenth studio LP.
Aug 19, 2020
Promo: Inside The Groove Trailer
Madonna has sold 300 million records worldwide in a career fast approaching 40 years, but people only talk about the scandals and never the music. Here at Inside The Groove, we break it down...
Aug 14, 2020
Deep Dive: Like A Virgin
When Madonna performed this song - for the very first time - at the MTV VMAs in 1984, her manager told her that her career was over. He was wrong. It's the song that turned her into a household name. It was written by a pair of songwriters and produced by the top producer in town, Nile Rodgers. This episode discusses that process and plays in tracks from the studio session and the subsequent remix by Jellybean.
Aug 2, 2020
Deep Dive: Bedtime Story
Penned by Bjork and British producers Nellee Hooper and Marius De Vries, this song would be the turning point for Madonna as she moved from commercial music to a more avant garde sound. The podcast also talks about the jettisonned follow up to Erotica recorded with producer Shep Pettibone, naming many of the lost tracks that Madonna dumped when she had a change of direction on the album - including some rarely heard demos from that period.
Jul 24, 2020
Deep Dive: Dear Jessie
A brief discussion on this 1989 song through the use of demo recordings, interviews with the collaborators and a rare live recording from the 90s.
Jul 17, 2020
Deep Dive: Die Another Day
The 20th movie in the James Bond franchise was released on 007's 40th movie anniversary and who better to write the theme tune than Madonna? Die Another Day was also a sneak peak of her upcoming new album, American Life, which would be released a few months later and once again paired the singer with producer Mirwais. But the song's story was not an easy ride as it went through at least one title change and faced problems from the studio...
Jul 8, 2020
Bonus Beats: Sorry
A demo of this 2005 song has leaked with quite different verses, so here's a chance to hear it and find out a little more about how it ended up on the internet.
Jun 27, 2020
Deep Dive: Into The Groove
The ultimate 1980s dance tracks and one of the finest musical compositions and productions of all time. Yet 'Into The Groove' couldn't be simpler and this podcast discusses the lead up to its recording, including Madonna's inspiration for the lyrics along with studio recordings and isolated tracks, a demo of the song and elements that were used in the subsequent remixes.
Jun 20, 2020
Deep Dive: Erotica
The song that flagposted Madonna's most controversial era, released in conjunction with her fifth studio album of the same name and her collection of erotic photographs called Sex. Erotica went through many versions before becoming the final piece of music and this podcast includes an exclusive interview with one of the songwriters.
Jun 12, 2020
Interview: Tony Shimkin
Tony was the composer of so many tracks on Erotica which he discusses in great detail along with his experiences on the songs Vogue, This Used To Be My Playground, Rescue Me and the mixing of Immaculate Collection. There are some terrific recollections here on both a technical and personal level.
Jun 7, 2020
Deep Dive: Living For Love
This stunning house pop track launched the Rebel Heart era, but this time with a controversy not of Madonna's making as it was rushed out early following a leak of 13 songs from Madonna's new project. But this is an opportunity to explore the creation of the song and listen to isolated tracks including the piano played by Alicia Keys. We also get to hear a demo of the song which may be regarded as superior to the released version.
May 30, 2020
Bonus Beats: Vogue / Babylon
Has Lady Gaga ripped of Madonna? That's what some fans are saying... so I'm hot off the line to NYC where I spoke to Tony Shimkin, the man who recorded and edited Vogue and wrote several other songs with Madonna for the definitive word.
May 29, 2020
Deep Dive: Hung Up
What happens when you combine Madonna with Stuart Price and ABBA? You get one of the most fantastic pop songs of all time and as her highest-selling digital single, a great commercial success too. The song's origin was as part of a musical written by Luc Besson, but can be traced back even further to the summer of 1979 when ABBA rehearsed their tour at Europa Studios in Stockholm. Hear outtakes from that ABBA record along with the stems from the Madonna song which would hit no. 1 around the world.
May 22, 2020
Interview: Lucy O'Brien
Lucy is author of the definitive biography of Madonna, Like An Icon, which charts the singers career and includes interviews with many of the key players from Madonna's times in the studio and on the road. Here, she discusses the book, her research and her own thoughts on Madonna as a songwriter, producer and performer.
May 15, 2020
Deep Dive: Justify My Love
The song that closed one era of Madonna's career and began another and it still sounds fresh almost 30 years later. Shrouded in controversy, not least of all for its video, which was banned from MTV, but for the fact that three separate legal cases were brought against the song's producer, Lenny Kravitz. Also discussed is the issue of sampling, the singer's Immaculate Collection album and the isolated tracks from the studio session for Justify My Love.
May 9, 2020
Deep Dive: Live To Tell
The first single from True Blue was also the main song from husband Sean Penn's movie 'At Close Range'. The story behind the writing and recording with collaborator Patrick Leonard is as dramatic as the film itself and, by listening to the isolated tracks from the studio recording, a new depth can be found to one of Madonna's most popular song.
May 1, 2020
Deep Dive: Give It 2 Me
Second single from the album Hard Candy, Madonna's co-write and co-sing with Pharrell Williams, has stood the test of time as we deep dive into this 2008 single, listening to demos, multitrack takes and a brief tutorial on pitch correction.
Apr 28, 2020
Interview: Darren Hayes
In this special episode, I chat with Madonna fan, musician, and singer Darren Hayes, about his love of the icon and the story behind his astonishing cover of her song Ray of Light. Darren describes the time he met Madonna and gives an in depth appraisal of some of the finest moments of her career.
Apr 24, 2020
Deep Dive: Ray of Light
Second single and title track of Madonna's Grammy award-winning album, Ray of Light also features a stunning vocal performance from the singer. Its origin dates back to a 1971 British folk song which was dramatically reworked by producer William Orbit.
Apr 19, 2020
Deep Dive: Borderline
Borderline was key in launching Madonna's career and this is the story of, not only the artist's signing to Sire records, but the recording with producer Reggie Lucas. Included is a demo recording, isolated track from the session and a brief history of a small, black, orange and wooden box, which would - like Madonna - change the pop music scene... forever!
Apr 13, 2020
Bonus Beats: Open Your Heart
Writer Peter Rafelson has contacted Inside The Groove to give his full account of the writing process behind Open Your Heart, which was the subject of confusion when presented in episode 2 of this series. Now we have the full story of the creation of one of Madonna's biggest hits.
Apr 12, 2020
Deep Dive: Music
The song that would hit no.1 in over 20 countries was seen as a "success for avant garde music" by the track's co-writer and producer Mirwais as it heralded a new era for the superstar. But how and where was the song recorded? Listen to not only a rarely-heard demo of the song, but also individual, isolated tracks including Madonna' raw vocal takes and outtakes, tracked twenty years ago.
Apr 4, 2020
Deep Dive: Open Your Heart
The fourth single from Madonna's hugely acclaimed and highly successful album, True Blue, started out as a demo for Cyndi Lauper. But the writers of the track have very different stories about its origins. Listen to a demo along with studio takes from the original multitrack to find out how Open Your Heart was created and why it's one of her most popular singles to date.
Mar 29, 2020
Deep Dive: Vogue
Madonna's 'Vogue' is 30 years old and one of the singer's most popular hits. But did you know it was recorded as a b-side? Did you know that it's backing track is based on a Janet Jackson song? And do you want to hear studio outtakes from the original 1989 recording session? Inside the Groove has it all. Listen now.