Music video featuring the Something To Remember remixed album version instead of the Soulpower Remix.
Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died. He was 57. According to BlackBook, on Feb. 14, he suffered “a massive coronary” in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. Word spread on Facebook, where many friends of the Downtown New York City scenester posted remembrances. The particular poignancy of his passing is surely the marking of the chronology of those connected to the incipient development of the biggest musical star of our time — the mortality surrounding the cultural immortal that is the Queen of Pop.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Madonna writes: “I’m very sorry to hear about Marks death. I haven’t seen him for years but if it weren’t for him, I might not have had a singing career. He was the first DJ to play my demos before I had a record deal. He believed in me before anyone else did. I owe him a lot. May he Rest in Peace.”
Kamins, noted for always living his life in the grandest of fashions, had apparently been struggling with heart problems for some months.
Legend has it that he took the budding superstar and clubland habitue Madonna Ciccone under his wing, passing her demo on to Sire Records honcho Seymour Stein, who quickly signed her — the rest, of course, is pop history. Kamins, who also produced her nascent single “Everybody,” would be the first in a line of high-profile Madonna beaus, eventually to be usurped by the likes of Jellybean Benitez and, of course, many others. A significant talent in his own right, he went on to work with radical performance artist Karen Finley, as well as 80’s musical giants such as David Byrne, the Beastie Boys and Sinead O’Connor.
Benitez wrote on Facebook: “So sad to learn of the passing of Mark Kamins … I will never forget the first time we met and how much we laughed … I also loved watching and listening to you DJ at Danceteria … I never knew what you would play next … U are and will always be an inspiration to many … I will miss u … Rest in Peace my friend.”
Downtown documentarian Steve Lewis writes on BlackBookMag.com that Kamins “was brilliant yet lost, a good friend but often very much a loner. I DJ’d with him at subMercer a couple years back and it was just about the most fun I’ve had at that game.”
Kamins perhaps distinctly represented a lost New York club scene of debauchery and illicit behavior, replaced now by bottle service and bankers. A fixture at the legendarily uninhibited Danceteria, where he mingled not only with the soon-to-be Material Girl, but also with downtown icons Keith Haring, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys, his remixes included superstars of the time like Kajagoogoo and Ofra Haza.
Seemingly universally loved for his benevolence, he was memorialized in a posting by friend Marci Weber on Facebook: “Mark was a friend to so many people and always had a good story. He was a kind hearted generous man and always had time for his friends. He lived life to it’s fullest and perhaps that is why he left us so soon.”
His legacy is secure as a central figure of one of New York City’s most fertile and experimental periods in terms of music, clubbing and lifestyle iconoclasm.
Exact details of Kamin’s passing were not known by press time. He is survived by a son.
One of her most melancholy and beautiful songs. From its music box like beginning to its last gasp of “wishing you were here with me”, the song captivates throughout but without theatrics or gimmicks, just pure emotion. Her voice is truly stunning whether in her upper or lower register and the use of her background vocals is a perfect touch which serve to lift the song all the more. Though it was written for the film, A League Of Their Own and fittingly so, I can’t help but think there is a deeper personal meaning for her in it as well. There are several references to someone in her past that is no longer with her which quickly brings to mind her Mom who she lost as a young child. There is also images of remembring your past and not forgetting where you came from. She has never performed this song live but I keep hoping (most likely in vain) that she decides one day to use it during the acoustic section of one of her tours – would be a showstopper in my opinion.
Cheers! Madonna Joins Instagram, Flashes Cleavage and Sips Martini in First Pics
Madonna’s ready to vogue it up on Instagram.
The warhorse diva has joined the photo-centric social-media site, and she’s raising her glass to mark the occasion. No, literally—she is. For one of her first pics, the 54-year-old pop superstar has posted a snap of her sipping a dirty martini while rocking some pretty bangin’ bangs. “Cheers motherf–kers! I’m on Instagram,” she wrote in the caption. Of course, it wouldn’t be Madonna if she didn’t at least try to flash some flesh, and she was more than happy to oblige, uploading a close-up pic of some mega cleavage, along with the caption: “Addicted to sweat !!!!!” (Seriously: Madge looks drenched.)
Within days, her account had already racked up an impressive 55,000 followers.
But the singer also posted some surprisingly revealing snaps, including a pic of her scowling onstage with a bloody eye after apparent getting clocked in the face.
Well, if there’s anything we’ve learned about the sturdy diva throughout her controversy-prone, roller-coaster career, it’s that she definitely knows how to roll with the punches.
Probably one of her weakest album openers, but a catchy tune nonetheless. I can see why it opens the Hard Candy album and also the S & S tour. It serves as a great intro song and a taste (no pun intended) of what is to come. While there are the obvious sexual references to lollipops and such, I think her candy shop can also mean all the different musical styles she has explored and all her many incarnations over the years. Thinking of the song this way does help me to appreciate it more but I don’ t really see it as an enduring song for me. Although, I must admit, the MDNA version really breathed new life into it and showed that it could be a more versatile song than it initially might appear. If she had put that much effort into the original, I think it would have been a better song and gotten more respect. I do love the ” My sugar is raw” bit though regardless!
Thanks to the SUPER SEXY Mark A. for sharing this — you know who you are mister sexy man!
Madonna’s no stranger to fitness. In addition to a rigorous workout regimen of her own, Madonna owns a gym in Mexico City that specializes in cardio. Now the Material Girl has expanded to a whole new territory — your living room! Madonna teamed up with her personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer, to launch a line of workout DVDs titled
Madonna’s no stranger to fitness. In addition to a rigorous workout regimen of her own, Madonna owns a gym in Mexico City that specializes in cardio. Now the Material Girl has expanded to a whole new territory — your living room! Madonna teamed up with her personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer, to launch a line of workout DVDs titled “Addicted to Sweat.”
“Addicted to Sweat is inspired by my workout regimen that I do consistently to take care of my mind and body. My trainer Nicole and I have created this program that has helped give me the body I have today,” Madonna wrote on the retail website.
During an interview with Huffington Post, Winhoffer said the DVDs were a true partnership between her and Madonna. Winhoffer said that Madonna picked everything from the music, to the routine, to the DVD designs.
“Fitness is so important to her because she’s one to empower people,” Winhoffer said. “She’s the perfect example to share her workout with people around the world.”
According to the “Addicted to Sweat” website, there are currently four (salaciously named) videos…
I don’t know anyone who would deny that 54-year-old Madonna looks great — and if these DVDs are the secret to her body, then they very well may be worth a shot!