There are many words and phrases that come to mind whenever Madonna’s delightful third Like a Prayer single, “Cherish” gallops (and that it most certainly does) into our headphones–pure pop pleasure, yas, queen, Sean Penn-tastic, just to spill a few. But another word that might come to mind is just how f#$king deliciously underrated the Material Girl’s late ’80s love romp truly, truly is.
Although it stormed the Billboard charts and grabbed the number two spot when it was released at the top of September all the way back in good ol’ 1989, it’s easy to forget after the world got served with the 1, 2, smack of Like a Prayer‘s righteous title track and the still thunderous, “Express Yourself.”
But if there’s one thing we can certainly take away from “Cherish” was that its accompanying video further proved that Madonna had established herself as a true visual artist, as evident in the Herb Ritts (Rolling Stone, anyone?) helmed clip featuring a pre-“Vogue” diva frolicking on the Malibu beaches with one sexy Mer-family. Brilliant.
It’s also a perfect way ring in a fantastic Labor Day weekend and then some, because as we know a little classic Material Madge goes a long way, especially this underrated groove.