Musically picture it–summer of ’87. Ms. Madonna was all wrapped up in the pinnacle of her ’80s super-stardom, fresh from True Blue and heading straight into Like a Prayer mode. But in between the time she pleaded with papa and had us all down on our knees, she made a fun, flirty, disastrous little film called, Who’s That Girl, along with a soundtrack that was just oh, so much Madonna fun.
Released on August 7th, 1987, Who’s That Girl, the story of a street-smart diva, Nikki, who is falsely accused of murdering her boyfriend (and gets into lots of trouble with Griffin Dunne), was met with shade throwing reviews from critics who declared Madonna’s movie career officially dead now that her latest venture proved just as lackluster as her preceding film, Shangai Surprise. While, yes, Who’s That Girl was a Fantastic Four-sized bomb at the box office, it did go on to become a cult classic, and for many Madonna fans, it’s regarded as one of their favorite Queen of Pop flicks.
But of course, the best part of all the Who’s That Girl pop culture action was its accompanying soundtrack (as well as the uber-succesful Who’s That Girl tour.) laced with a beat buffet of random synthed-up ’80s acts, and a handful of Madonna jams including the classic #1 title track, as well as “Causing a Commotion,” one of Madonna’s few #2 singles, and perhaps one of her most deliciously underrated. There’s also the cheeky, “Can’t Stop,” and the steamy, “The Look of Love,” which is one of Madge’s steamiest bedroom-ready beats. There’s also some other songs on the record, too, but did you ever really listen to them? Well, except maybe Club Nouveau’s “Step By Step.” Sorry, “El Coco Loco” by Coati Mundi. Oh, the ’80s.
Ready…set….Who’s That Girl.
Cause a summer music commotion..