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Madonna "Hung Up" dir. Johan Renck

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Really fun video I think, imho, though not her most innovative or interesting. It does have heart, though, and some good dance moves. A "tribute to dance" in Paris, London, LA.

New link: MOV (thanks hiscores)

spreech, October 28, 2005 at 3:43:40 PM CEST

The clip doesn't work, it's maybe, cause I'm in Europe (from where the hell MTV knows?) -but anyway: The song is the joke of the year. It's not even a song, it's a bubble of nothing. Good Bye, Madonna, I hung up ---

wiggle, October 28, 2005 at 6:05:44 PM CEST

the fat lady sings: 'stop! for fucks sake stop!'

this is was tired when la chappelle did it as a photo shoot for britney and even more tired after he re-tread it as a video for christina.

this time round johan 'i will do anything for money' renck pretends to be la chappelle for this steaming pile of crap.

sure she looks skinny but we know mutton when we see it and this tired selection of disco cliche doesn't even stand up to the weaker than weak abba sampling single.

complete and utter cack from whatever way you like it.


switcharooney, October 29, 2005 at 12:39:07 AM CEST

pretty gross

betonfoot, October 29, 2005 at 1:02:50 AM CEST

I heard that the new madonna album is produced by les rythmes digitales...

hiscores, October 29, 2005 at 1:39:07 AM CEST

the album is produced by jacques lu cont, not lrd.

it's a great performance video, and a very strong single.

quicktime link here:

1manguy, October 29, 2005 at 1:52:21 AM CEST

That was awesome! I still love the crazy bitch. Thanks for the new link.

captainmarc22, October 29, 2005 at 2:55:25 AM CEST

dare I say I really liked it? That song is awesome. Les Rythmes Digitales fo'eva!!!!

The concept was sorta weak and played out but the director rolled with it.

But c'mon - a bunch of black hip-hop teenagers listening to Madonna?

kevathens, October 29, 2005 at 3:08:00 AM CEST

Ya know what? This is really growing on me, more and more. The song is totally hott. You haters, give it a chance (on the dance floor!) Like I said, it's got spirit.

breakitdown, October 29, 2005 at 3:53:08 AM CEST

this edit is much better than what is being played on the radio. i just can't help being distracted by her hair. get a new do' material lady.

progosk, October 29, 2005 at 10:24:00 AM CEST

ok, renck's pulling a lachapelle, and musically madge is laming, but the video's pretty slick and infectious. one thing: does her label make arcade games? i mean, really: dance revolution?!

(thx scores f th link)

spreech, October 29, 2005 at 1:26:07 PM CEST

what the hell is madonna wearing in the beginning- did she lost a bet or something? she looks ridiculous. and i'm sorry for keeping my opinion after hearing the song three or four times: it's not even a song ---

tobi, October 29, 2005 at 2:55:48 PM CEST

the video is mediocre, the song is abba at their best.

hakai, October 29, 2005 at 6:43:49 PM CEST

I will always have a thing for Madonna :) Wasn't expecting the dance dance revolution.

mutant, October 29, 2005 at 8:08:00 PM CEST

pretty good dancing and a nice song, but id rather not see the old lady's bikini zone... maybe if she'd kept the warmup thingie on...

lusk81, October 30, 2005 at 1:32:38 AM CEST

For those interested in learning more about producer Lu Cont, feel free to peruse:

captainmarc22, October 30, 2005 at 1:52:46 AM CEST

"Hung Up" - anyone else hear any elements from other songs?

I can make out bits of:

"I Heard it through the Grapevine"

"(You Give me) Fever"

and Gwen Stefani "What Are you Waiting For" (the tick, tock, tick, tock part)

and I swear the triumphant sounding keyboard part is lifted from Mega Man

marsheen, October 31, 2005 at 1:48:22 AM CET

Madge looks thoroughly rejuvinated. It's a really strong performance. The "Back In The Day" styled vignettes, although well executed, are pretty tired. I love the slo mo breakdown. That section alone made me like the video more.

Overall it doesn't quite hang together. Madonna is one of the most creative popular artists around. This video misses the mark somewhat, but she still has me as a fan. I have heard another couple of tracks from the album which are much stronger. Hopefull the videos will follow suit.

hiscores, October 31, 2005 at 4:22:53 PM CET

the keyboard part is an abba sample.

lu cont's remix of stefani's "what you waiting for" featured the tick-tock sound prominently so that's probably not a coincidence.

i still think this song is great, and the video is perfect for it.

artone, November 1, 2005 at 10:22:51 AM CET

Although I might not listen to this music at home I can't help liking that infectious groove. When it's on the radio I'll probably find myself humming along to it, and I'm not suprised if Lu Cont produced it. I can see clubland liking the remixes too.

The video has definitely gone for a definite aesthetic and I think achieved it very well. Although it might be kinda tired by now let's face it we are talking pop here. For the music corps and an ageing, constantly reinventing herself, Madonna, safety sells. Eseentially she's always taken the best bits of underground culture and pushed them to the forefront. Nothings changed here.

The best bit - slo mo dancing

and the worst - Madge grinding a getto blaster.

progosk, November 1, 2005 at 11:16:14 AM CET

small wonder she's got a new nickname...: oldfrapp.

wiggle, November 1, 2005 at 2:18:33 PM CET

The video is supposed to have cost £750k which is considerably more than $1m - and at that kind of budget I think we can be as critical as we want to be.

The video is lame, the song is probably a hit but its not exactly pushing the creative envelope

Not sure if Stuart (LRD) has produced this track or just given it a mix - he is not producing the whole album anyway - but lets hope there are some interesting dubs that leave out this very annoying Abba sample

hiscores, November 1, 2005 at 4:52:35 PM CET

everyone complaining about the video's lack of innovation or whatever is maybe missing the point here. videos are ultimately beholden to the artist -- why is nobody considering what the artist required from this clip?

this record is a response to american life, which was a gigantic bomb that had madonna flirting with irrelevancy. there's a reason confessions is a dance album and nothing more -- straight-up pop is her best hope to eke back onto mtv's radar! i mean let's not be coy about madonna's standing in pop culture anymore. at 50 years old, her job is no longer to lead pop's discourse but to prove she can keep up. she's crossed the marathon line now; anything else she does from this point on is a simple feat of endurance. isn't the task of retaining her sexuality and physicality at 50 while still making relevant, functional dance music subversive and interesting enough?

"hung up" needed to make her all those things again - physical, sexual, youthful - and i think it's done that nicely. as dance performance videos go, it's fun to watch and should serve her well on mtv. as far as complaints about the budget, it's not that mind-boggling to me: there's a number of different locations, plus i wouldn't be surprised if renck shot miles and miles and miles of performance footage. also, lets not forget that any madonna video budget is going to be eaten into to a certain extent by anciliary costs related to her handlers and on-set demands. this isn't anastasia we're talking about...

kevathens, November 2, 2005 at 12:16:52 AM CET

Very interesting! I'll add to your point a bit..

I agree she doesn't dominate popular culture's discourse anymore, let alone pop music's. She seemed to have dropped that cause, I'd say around the time of Ray of Light, which came out two years after Lourdes was born. Priorities, of course. Who cares about popular culture when you have children to raise.

I'd say September 11th sealed the deal, if you don't mind me making so sweeping a statement. While it's not necessarily a different world in pop music (see Gwen, Missy, Kylie, Britney-to-Lindsey), she gave up the ghost, as you said, with American Life.

She's got a lot of people rooting for her, though. It all depends how long she feels like "being relevant." I know Annie Lennox wished to make a statement about aging on her latest album; will Madonna go quietly into age? I reckon she won't.

Sorry don't mean to beat a dead horse.

salad fingers, November 2, 2005 at 5:10:48 AM CET

the bitch got old so they can't sell her boobies on TV anymore.

end of story.

redkillmachine, November 5, 2005 at 8:10:04 PM CET

yeah. That was pretty nasty. I couldn't wait for her to put some pants on.

And half of that crap in the video can't really be called "dancing".

She's getting worse and worse at this as time goes by.

tektoni, November 6, 2005 at 7:48:53 PM CET

Madonna Rules just a hard as she did when she put out Everybody, everybody, and Physical Attraction PACKED my dance floor WAY before anybody had any idea what she looked like. Love the John Travolta Sat. Night Fever twirling hands look. Disco is back! I've been precicting it for two years.

kevathens, November 21, 2005 at 2:57:48 AM CET

Just saw Rize - I recognize Miss Prissy dancing in this vid, perhaps others.. Good for her!!

onosendai, November 22, 2005 at 11:03:41 AM CET

I can't believe all the slop mouthed expounding over this re-hashed, disco turd. This same jam has been made by house music producers since the dawn of time and Madonna's weak voice lacks the umph of most unkown dance music voiceboxes.

Oh yeah, weak video too. Looks like a Gap ad.

matt., December 4, 2005 at 12:56:10 PM CET

@onosendai. My take is similar: Hung up on Madonna

otaku-house, December 4, 2005 at 1:02:22 PM CET

I wish it were okay in our culture for old people to just get old. I'd love to do a documentary video for The Rolling Stones showing them buying adult diapers and taking out their teeth and dressed up as real senior citizens.


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