Saturday, April 22, 2017

Songoftheday 4/22/17 - Some girls they like candy and others they like to grind, I'll settle for the back of your hand somewhere on my behind...

"Hanky Panky" - Madonna
from the album I'm Breathless (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day is from Madonna, who took another acting turn in 1990 starring as Breathless Mahoney in then-boyfriend Warren Beatty's live-action adaptation of the comic Dick Tracy. From that film, a cut that originally was meant to be a B-side from one of the singles from her last album, "Vogue", ended up becoming one of her biggest and most beloved hit songs, spending three weeks at the top of the American pop chart in the spring of that year. The follow-up single more fit the genre of the swing-eras pastiche the film was set in, yet with lyrics glorifying a little bit of S&M to let you know this is still Madonna. Written by the singer with True Blue-era writing/producing partner Patrick Leonard, "Hanky Panky" brought some spanking onto mainstream radio with some of her most wittiest lyrics ever...


 "Hanky Panky" became Madonna's twentieth top ten pop hit in the U.S. in July of 1990. Internationally, the song topped the singles chart in Finland, and reached the top ten in the UK (#2), Ireland (#3), Italy (#5), Australia (#6), and New Zealand (#6), while going to #18 in Canada and #21 in Germany.  A third selection from the soundtrack, "Sooner Or Later", was written by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim and won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

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Here's Madonna performing the song live on the Blond Ambition tour in France...


and finally, from her Re-Invention show in 2004...


Up tomorrow: Freestyle trio slow it down a little for some hopin'.

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