Inside The Groove - Madonna’s Music

The story behind Madonna’s most famous songs

Each episode focuses on a particular track or era and discusses the creative process and how the song was received.

With reference to the videos and live performances, the episode often plays snippets from the song’s multitrack session.

Album Deep Dive - 5 - Like A Prayer

November 24th, 2021

The story behind t he recording of Madonna's seminal album, with details of the photoshoot, the singles and a focus on Oh Father. 

Album Deep Dive - 4 You Can Dance

November 11th, 2021

The story behind Madonna's first remix album with special focus on the song Spotlight - plus additional infor about Who's That Girl

Album Deep Dive - 3 True Blue

October 29th, 2021

The story behind Madonna's third album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design, and special focus on the song Papa Don't Preach.

Album Deep Dive - 2 Like A Virgin

October 15th, 2021

The story behind Madonna's second album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design, and special focus on the song Material Girl

Album Deep Dive - 1 Madonna

October 1st, 2021

The story behind Madonna's 1983 debut album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design and special focus on the song Lucky Star. 

Special Episode - Madonna Covers (with Darren Hayes)

September 10th, 2021

Who has covered her with Golden Kisses and when did Madonna do it better? This episode focusses on a new album of Madonna covers and also talks about the best and not so best covers of Madonna songs from over the years with special guest Darren Hayes.

Deep Dive - Don‘t Tell Me

September 1st, 2021

Yee-haw! Get ready to line dance in celebration of that folky piece of electronica. But also to hear some of the songs which didn't make the final cut for the Music album on its release in 2000.

Special Episode -Deeper & Deeper Remixed & Revisited

August 16th, 2021

This episode was first released in February 2021 with part 2 only available to patrons. Now you can listen to both episodes together as a gift on Madonna's birthday. Remember to check out the new merchandise at https://merchify.me/insidethegroove/ 

Special Episode - Who‘s That Girl

August 14th, 2021

Revisiting all four songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, discussing the movie with the MLVC podcast, talking about the Who's That Girl World Tour with the Immaculate Podcast plus special guests Graham Gremore from Queerty and Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light who plays his cover of Causing A Commotion. Also included are brand new - exclusively for this podcast - covers of other 1987 Madonna tracks by Graingerboy, Kavana, and Darren Hayes. A celebration of Madonna for her 63rd birthday.

Deep Dive - 4 Minutes

July 31st, 2021

A tonal shift for Madonna with a song which was not only a massive hit for the singer, but brought lots of new fans on board. But it's a divisive track and era with certain fans. I'll be discussing this, telling the story of the recording and mixing and also exploring its use in the TV show Glee.

Deep Dive - Burning Up

July 18th, 2021

This was Madonna's second single, but it didn't have a global release so is not known as widely as some of her bigger hits, despite being a complete banger! Hear the story of its earliest versions plus how Madonna was styled, how the video was made, the special artwork by her friend Martin Burgoyne and much more!

Deep Dive - Evita (part 3) with The Honest Vocal Coach

July 1st, 2021

The final part of the set of episodes about Evita is a discussion with the Honest Vocal Coach about Madonna's voice as we compare it to the other famous actors to have played the role of Eva Peron.

Deep Dive - Evita (part 2)

June 24th, 2021

The second part of three episodes discussing Madonna's role in this movie and the accompanying soundtrack.

Deep Dive - Evita (part 1)

June 12th, 2021

In the first of three episodes, we discover the history of the musical from concept album to stage show and on to film. You'll find out how Madonna first became involved in the mid 1980s, only to be dropped from the part but, of course, rehired for the final version. You'll get to hear some early versions of the songs by Madonna as well as excerpts from the original album and a rare remix of Buenos Airies.

Guest Episode - Ace of Base ‘All That She Wants’

June 5th, 2021

No new Groove episode right now, but don't go without - have an episode from the sister podcast - all about this huge 90s hit from Sweden.

Deep Dive - Beautiful Stranger

May 23rd, 2021

The lead single from the soundtrack to the second Austin Powers movie - The Spy Who Shagged me. A popular radio hit and a number one in 4 territories. We discuss the song's origin, its video and the other song Madonna recorded at the same time, with Latin singer Ricky Martin

Deep Dive - Hollywood

May 8th, 2021

The second single from the American Life album is a much-loved track by fans and especially for its video and MTV performance. However, it failed to chart in the US, following controversy around the singer. The video also drew criticism and a lawsuit and then there was the Britney kiss. An interesting time in Madonna's career that overshadows what an incredible pop song it is. 

Deep Dive - Everybody

March 29th, 2021

Madonna’s very first single was the template for all that was to come. With a two-song deal, she recorded it in Chelsea, Manhattan. 39 years later, she is the richest female music artist in the world. Hear the original demo, the multitrack breakdown, and more in this episode which celebrates one year of podcasting.

Deep Dive - Secret

March 20th, 2021

The first single frrom Madonna's sixth album and a big change in direction for the artist with a laid back launch to the new era. Here's the story of how it came about, along with details of the video and launch promo campaign.

Something To Remember - Kavana

March 14th, 2021

With multiple Top 40 UK singles including two Top Ten hits, Kavana spent the 1990s working the music business and was also a huge, huge Madonna fan. Recalling stories of their "near miss" and also working with Patrick Leonard, he has some very interesting tales to tell.

Interview - The Honest Vocal Coach

March 4th, 2021

You may be aware of Georgina aka The Honest Vocal Coach who runs a very popular YouTube channel designed to analyse the vocal styles - good and bad - of many popular singers. This episode takes a fascinating look into how Madonna's voice has developed over her career. Not to be missed!

Something To Remember - H from Steps

February 26th, 2021

An interview with Ian Watkins - aka H from the UK band Steps - he's a big Madonna fan and we talk about how she's touched his life over the years.

Deep Dive - Deeper and Deeper (part1)

February 15th, 2021

One of Madonna's most loved songs, from its origin on a cassette played to Madonna in Chicago, through to being a high;ight of the Erotica album. This episode discusses everything from Castanets to Plagiarism, via a record shop in Paris.

Interview - Donna De Lory (part 2)

February 5th, 2021

Starting with Donna's stories of recording the Erotica album in New York, 1992, through to the Girlie Show and beyond - right up until the Madame X era, Donna takes us on her own personal Madonna journey.

Interview - Donna De Lory (part 1)

January 30th, 2021

An exclusive interview with Madonna's background singer and dancer, Donna Delory. This part explores the era from the Who's That Girl tour to Blond Ambition and Donna's first solo LP.

Guest Episode - Deee-Lite ‘Groove Is In The Heart’

January 23rd, 2021

There's no new Madonna episode this week. In its absence, here's an episode from our other podcast, Inside The Hits.

Guest Episode - Pet Shop Boys ‘It’s A Sin’

January 23rd, 2021

There's no new Madonna episode this week. In its absence, here's an episode from our other podcast, Inside The Hits.

Deep Dive - Madonna Against The Music

January 16th, 2021

Since her career began, Madonna has contributed her distinctive vocals to other people's songs and even given away some of her unreleased gems, earning big hits by proxy. With features on hits by Brtiney Speaks, Dua Lipa and Ricky Martin not to mention having the likes of Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow and Nick Kamen take care of her cast-offs, this episode explores 20 such songs.

Deep Dive - Bitch I’m Madonna

January 9th, 2021

Love it or hate it - 'Bitch I'm Madonna' was the third single from Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' album in 2015. Hear how it was developed, along with the original demo before Scottish artist Sophie added her own touches to it. There's also discussion about other tracks from the album which changed drastically over time.

Deep Dive - Keep It Together

January 3rd, 2021

Released as a single in 1990 and performed as the closing song for Madonna's Blond Ambition tour, it's the single-that-never-was for many territories where it was held back in favour of Vogue. Nonetheless, Keep it Together is one of the highlights from the Like A Prayer album and now we learn more about its recording and hear those individual instruments clearer than ever before.

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