YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: #8 US, #6 UK
SINGLES: Everybody (#3 Dance), Burning Up (#3 Dance). Holiday (#16 US, #1 Dance, #2 UK), Lucky Star (#4 US, #1 Dance, #14 UK), Borderline (#10 US, #4 Dance, #2 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: There are only three other tracks on the thing.
LINEUP: Madonna, Reggie Lucas, Dean Gant, Fred Zarr, and many others
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut dance album from wanna-be pop star removes the ‘wanna-be’ from her label, though at times it seems the success is more production based than talent based.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At the time, this was a record that fit in nicely with the other early 80’s dance floor new wave/pop/new romantic albums that were synth and electronics heavy.
The singles are ear candy for sure, but no one would ever have guessed they’d have launched a career of an icon. Today, listening to them, you can hear the flashes of the attitude and her becoming Madonna, but right now she’s kind of along for the production ride.
There’s also filler, which takes away from the album as a whole. It’s a great snapshot of dance music in 1983, and definitely has some all-time classic songs. A classic album it’s not.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: In the US, they released “Borderline” as a single before “Lucky Star”, which is opposite of what they did in the UK.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Extended remixes of “Burning Up” and “Lucky Star”
GRADE: B: The filler drags it down, and the production is the star, but there’s no mistaking the exuberance of songs like “Holiday”.