tisdag 23 oktober 2012

>> Borderline 12" mix [1983]

 One of my favorite song and most charming productions with Madonna is Borderline from her self-titled debut released 1983 on Sire Records. Thanks to my older sister I heard this pop tune on repeat growing up. I just love how the all-over-the-place bass figures playing around with the somewhat complex chords, especially in the pre-chorus and chorus. The synth bass figure is dubbed with electric bass by the incredible Anthony Jackson. [The O´Jays, Chaka Khan, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich]. Also 16 note hi-hat is great. Remember that this is from 1983 and even today with the easy access to music production equipment, one would probably be called a genius coming up with this pop groove what ever modern music style you're into.

Borderline was Madonnas first no. 10 hit and with the video [see below], she broke the taboo of interracial relationships. For the song, she used a refined and expressive voice to sing the song, backed by songwriter and producer Reggie Lucas's instrumentations. Considered as the best example of the working relationship between Lucas and Madonna, he pushed her to find emotional depth in the song. Although the voice sounding icy, the chorus style and the vocal range was later used by Madonna as her own personal range through her whole music career.

But, it was not at all composed with happy smiling faces. After recording the song, Madonna was unhappy with the way the final version turned out. According to her, Lucas used too many instruments and did not consider her ideas for the song. This led to a dispute between the two so Madonna brought it to her then boyfriend, DJ, producer and songwriter John "Jellybean" Benitez to remix the song and some of the other recorded tracks.

Original 12" sleeve

And the video!