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Throwback Thursday/THAT 1994 David Letterman/Madonna Interview

Keeping it flowing with your Philly Mixtape music ode-to-the Material Girl, today we’re going to take a break from her Madgesty’s grooves and go back to THAT time when she showed up on David Letterman…and delivered an interview no one will ever forget. As we all know, there was no stopping Madonna in the early ’90s, as her in-your-face antics took center stage over her talents, as people were still reeling from her coffee-table ‘Sex’ book and S&M-licious ‘Erotica’ album. On that infamous night, Madonna marched out rocking a long black frock, Doc Marten boots and black hair so slick…you could take a spill on it. From the beginning to the end of the interview, the two sparred back and forth over such issues as Dave not wanting to smell Madonna’s panties that she brought for him, peeing in the shower and just who Madonna was doing in the NBA. Oh, and throw in those 14 F-bombs that Madonna laced with the cigar that she was chomping on, and this was certainly one hell of an interview.

Of course, many were outraged, including the FCC, who just couldn’t believe the Material Girl would (gasp!) act in such a way. Long time Entertainment Weekly columnist Ken Tucker discussed Madonna’s Letterman appearance, stating, “that will live in infamy for, oh, at least another 15 minutes.” However, Mr. Tucker’s couldn’t be any further from the truth because back then, and even all these years later, people still gab about that legendary interview. Also, at the time, Madonna’s segment actually helped Letterman, delivering him his highest ratings since he premiered that past August. While yes, it indeed looked like a “stunt” on Madonna’s part so she could keep her name in the tabloids, but whatever you want to call it, it worked for her as well. The singer soon found a hit following with the tender ballad, “I’ll Remember,” which then led to the hit album, the smooth and silky, ‘Bedtime Stories,’ which still houses her longest running #1 single, “Take a Bow.”

In an interview with SPIN magazine a few years later, Madonna revealed that the ‘Late Show’ producers actually encouraged her to drop ALL those F-bombs, telling her it would be “really funny.” “Well, I came out and started doing it, and David freaked out,” Madonna says, “The way he introduced me was derogatory, so my whole thing was, okay, if that’s how you want to play it, you cannot beat me at this game.” Watching Letterman squirm in this almost thirty minute segment….you know Madonna was true to her word on that. Hey, at least the two have made up since this infamous (and glorious) pop culture moment. You guys can lost in the expletives below…..

 

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“Throwback Thursday”/’The Box’

What do late-’90s videos, “…Baby One More Time” by Britney, “Candy” by Mandy and “Faith” by Limp all have in common? While yes, all three are all ‘TRL’ staples and they’re also songs you continuously butcher on karaoke nights, but they’re also videos that you used to dial up and pay for on a little known T.V. channel called, ‘The Box.’ Yes, this music channel ruled our lives and drove our parents crazy in the late-’90s and early -’00s, because for just $.99 you could pay for and control the videos that you wanted to see. Today, we’re going to press pause on featuring a classic album for your Philly Mixtape “Throwback Thursday” and instead, we’re going to take a stroll down the music memory runway in a different way, by diving straight into ‘The Box.’ You know you miss it…

Founded in Miami in 1985 by Steve Peters and originally called, ‘Video Jukebox Network,’ the channel served as a television station for new Hip-hop artists and was hosted by a group of local Miami Bass rappers known as Miami Boyz. From the revenue Peters collected from the station, he formed a record label called Peter’s Records, but quickly went belly up after none of his featured artists had managed to produce a hit record. (I tried.) In turn, he ended up selling the name and the label in the early ’90s, and the service shortened the name to ‘The Box.’ Soon after, viewers were able to request videos through a designated telephone number, having them enter a code to request either a new or classic video and ‘The Box’s’ infamous slogan, “Music Television You Control” was born.

At first, all of the channel’s request lines used a large chunk of Miami telephone numbers and callers were only charged for the fee of a long distance call. However, in order to make it rain for the newly bought company, they switched the line to a 1-900 toll number, with callers being charged anywhere from $1.99 to $3.99 per call and were allowed to request up to three videos. (Britney, Britney, Britney, please.) Once the new lines were in place, ‘The Box’ blew up and would go on to be widely known as being an “underground’ network for not only discovering new music artists, but for playing videos that were banned from MTV. (“Erotica,” “Justify My Love” and “Erotica,” please.)

It’s no secret how ‘The Box’ met its demise….no one gave a shit about music videos anymore and the launch of ‘TRL’ was such a dominate force to be reckoned with that the channel quickly lost steam. MTV daddy company Viacom bought ‘The Box’ in 2001 and went on to adapt its concept for a short while in a network you guys now know as MTV2. The concept lived on again in 2010 when cable music service Music Choice launched a similar version called, SWRV. So, don’t worry guys, ‘The Box’ truly never left us…

I remember some of my favorite ‘The Box’ moments were seeing Mariah’s epically choreographed “Heartbreaker” for the first time, J.Lo was all over the channel with “Waiting for Tonight” and I’ll never forget the first time I saw Mandy Moore in ’99 an wondered…”Who the fuck is that?” Alas, ‘The Box’ was the one that started the “Candy” singer’s career, leading her to a solid two more years delivering hits. Ahh, memories. Dive into ‘The Box’ favorites below, and remember kids, ask your parents first! Happy “Throwback Thursday!”

Britney Spears/”…Baby One More Time”

J.Lo/”Waiting for Tonight”

Mandy Mooore/”Candy” 

Mariah Carey/”Heartbreaker”

XXXtina/”Genie in a Bottle”

Korn/”Freak on a Leash”

Limp Bizkit/”Nookie”

 

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5 Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now/”Throwback Thursday” Edition

By now, you guys have noticed that there are some new features on the page this week with the additions of your “Kickstarter Jam of the Day” and daily dose of “Mixtape Music News.” Today, we’re going to be adding another new segment called “5 Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now,” however, there’s a bit of a twist to it-you never know when it will pop up. I may just bring you 5 new albums on “Must Listen Monday,” dance albums on “Rewerk Wednesday,” or long-lost sets on “Forgot About Friday.” For today’s jump off, I’m serving up 5 albums that all have the makings of a delightful music “Throwback Thursday.” As much as I absolutely love diving into all things new music, there’s nothing I love better than getting reacquainted with some of my old favorites. Today, I’m throwing back some of those classic sets, and I have a feeling that it just may be more “TBT” lovin’ than you guys can handle. Want to hear what they are? You just have to dive in below.

Spice Girls/’Spice’

I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who still listens to this prismatic set on a regular basis. While I’m still absolutely mad for singles, “Wannabe,” “Say You’ll be There,”  and “2 Become 1,” it’s ‘Spice’ hidden gems  “Last Time Lover,” “Something Kinda Funny,” “If  U Can’t Dance” and “Love Thing” that still have me calling all of my friends over for a Spice Girls slumber party. Oh, and if you don’t get all flustered with motherly emotion after hearing the acoustic laced groove, “Mama,” you clearly have no fucking soul. Sigh….these gals get me every time with that one….

Paula Abdul/’Spellbound’

While I could certainly listen to Paula’s ’87 debut set, “Forever Your Girl” all day, however, I tend to lean towards the more underrated grooves on her second album, “Spellbound.” Lead single, “Rush, Rush” is no doubt one of the greatest summer songs of all time (summer of ’91 and Keanu Reeves…never forget), and other singles “Promise of a New Day,” “Blowing Kisses in the Wind,” and the cheeky, “Vibeology” and “Will You Marry Me,” are just as good. However, this sultry studio set just wouldn’t be complete without other gems, “Rock House,” “To U” and my personal favorite, “My Foolish Heart.” I think you should indeed rush, rush over to iTunes and press play on this album once again.

 

Beyonce/’Dangerously in Love’

So, heard any Beyonce news lately? Is the sky blue? Between the Grammys, Kanye (fucking…ugh) and her recent destruction of that now infamous Stevie Wonder medley, Ms. Bey simply just keeps on destroying everything in her path. While I do enjoy (some) of her more recent work, there’s truly nothing Bey-tter than her ’03 debut, ‘Dangerously in Love.’ Singles, “Crazy in Love,” “Me, Myself and I” and “Naughty Girl” still get to werk today, and other delectable album grooves, “Be With You,” “Hip Hop Star,” “Dangerously in Love part 2” and “Signs” (Hey, Missy!) still make ‘Dangerously’ her best record to date. But, if there’s one single that stands miles above the rest is “Crazy” follow up, “Baby Boy,” with Sean Paul. Not only do I wonder what the fuck happened to him, but I also wonder, when’s the last time you guys bumped this underrated Bey-nger? I bet it’s been awhile….

Various Artists/’Ultimate Hip Hop Dance Party 1998′

Remember when compilation albums ruled all of us ’90s kids worlds? (Hello, ‘Jock Jams’) Well, this bumpin’ set was-and still is-one of my favorites. From Lil Kim, Junior Mafia, LL Cool J, the Notorious B.I.G and Wu-Tang Clan, this compilation album holds many classic Hip-hop artists and tracks. Even R&B divas Deborah Cox, Monica, Faith Evans and Tony! Toni! Tone! are along on this delightful throwback ride. My personal favorite is “No One Else” by delectable ’90s R&B trio, Total. Sigh….life (and music) seemed so much easier back-in-the-’90s-day, now didn’t it? If you are interested in adding this to your music collection, you can go right here. I have a feeling you just want to…

The Source Presents:’Hip-Hop Hits:Volume 1′

Much like Biggie’s mom, I always smile when I’m in up in the Source, especially when it comes to this classic Hip-hop compilation. While ‘Ultimate’ is a grimy mix of R&B and Hip-hop, this stunning catalog contains some of the best Hip-hop tracks and artists that ever hit mid-’90s urban radio-Puff Daddy, Foxy Brown, Biggie, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The Firm(!), Outkast…an that’s just half of the album. If you need me, I’ll be blazing up and diving into EPMD’s classic banger, “Da Joint.” It’s simply…da best.