Madonna – Cherish
Yes, mermen, not mermaids! Madonna released in early August 1989 her third single from the album “Like a prayer”. After “Like a prayer” in March and “Express yourself” in May, she released “Cherish”. It’s an extremely happy and joyful song. What really surprised everyone was Madonna’s look, once again. After seeing a Madonna at the edge of mysticism, and a sophisticated Madonna, now we see a fantastic young girl, with a short haircut, really shining in the seaside. And I think that the ability to transform from song to song has always been a peculiarity of her career and production.
The video is in black and white, and was widely appreciated. The song quickly reached the top of the charts. Years after, some music journalists focused on the fact that Madonna was on the Malibu beach, surrounded by… mermen. This weird choice was interpreted as a message from Madonna to the gay communities (in 1989 the concept of LGBTQ++ was not so clearly defined yet). I don’t know, if she really wanted to give this message, or if this was just a funny idea that she also carried on stage in the Blond Ambition World Tour.
But I know for sure that Cherish was one of the most beautiful and happiest songs of the hot Summer of 1989. Madonna once revealed about this song, that she really had surprises from her hits! Sometimes she released a song like in this case, with not a full confidence… and these became the her greatest hits!
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