From The Vault: Madonna – ‘Human Nature’

Published: Sunday 14th Aug 2011 by David

This week saw us ask you who you who you considered to be the reigning Queen of Pop. For many, that title belonged to none other than Madonna!

By constantly reinventing herself, she has tackled numerous musical genres and has amazed the masses by being equally comfortable singing Pop-by-the-numbers tunes or fearlessly riding a Hip-Hop beat.

Today we will travel back to a time when her Madgesty was experimenting with R&B, cue this week’s From The Vault ‘Human Nature’.

The final single from her underrated sixth album, 1994’s‘Bedtime Stories’, the G-Funk tinged cut is an open-letter to the press after the backlash she had suffered following the ‘Erotica’ era (especially the Sex book). She adopts an unapologetic attitude and explains that she shouldn’t be stoned for exploring her fantasies, for expressing herself – urging the listener to do the same.

‘Nature’s accompanying visual is even more notorious than the song. Deemed by many as avant-garde, the latex-heavy video depicts a corn-rowed material girl as a bondage queen, backed by a group of dancers, executing intricate choreography and acrobatics. What sets it apart from other clips is its remarkable art direction and cinematography as well as its simplicity, once again proving that less can indeed be more.

No matter which blonde currently rules the world charts and no matter what her naysayers think of her, Madonna should forever be respected, if not for her impressive back catalogue, amazing videos and critically-acclaimed tours; at least for universally raising the bar for Pop acts, especially female acts, and making it the norm to constantly want to push social or cultural barriers release after release.

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  1. Madonnalover August 14, 2011

    Sam, staff, whoever the f*** did this post, I F****** LOVE YOU!!!
    Respecting momma pop, I swear, I need a f****** hankie!!! Yall are just…..my heart…..
    Bow down to the queen b******, the one, THE ONLY, madonna louise f****** ciccone :””)

  2. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare August 14, 2011

    Love it!

  3. Malibu Barbie August 14, 2011

    you can respect madonna but u cant respect lil’ kim ????
    lil kim herself was called the black madonna…
    anyway i love madonna i always have! n this video has been cloned so many times ive lost count

  4. IN THE SOUTH,WE DON’T STAN FOR BIRDS;WE FRY THEM.(IS†ANN4GAGA) August 14, 2011

    Thank gawd there’s no shade.anyway *hits play*

  5. IN THE SOUTH,WE DON’T STAN FOR BIRDS;WE FRY THEM.(IS†ANN4GAGA) August 14, 2011

    Renig that last comment.I see slight shade here.

  6. RATEDXXX(AKARATEDX) August 14, 2011

    oh my Gosh, thats my s*** right here…..thank u for posting it..

    where are the people who claimed madonna was not versatile in her music?

    shes done R&B, Rock, country, dance, pop, hip hop, so on..

    she passed the torched down to britney in 2003..hence her being the next queen of pop…

  7. Madonnalover August 14, 2011

    @Istan4gaga
    Everything he said was the f****** truth!! no shade sweets…..

  8. Madonnalover August 14, 2011

    @ratedxx
    YES!!! and b****, you know the main m*********** saying that was @s***.
    SMH.

  9. gotterdammerung August 14, 2011

    Madonna the real Queen of Pop.

  10. Leila August 14, 2011

    I agree totally with this post. Madonna is the queen.

  11. IN THE SOUTH,WE DON’T STAN FOR BIRDS;WE FRY THEM.(IS†ANN4GAGA) August 14, 2011

    @Madonnalover

    Sorry,I percieved some of it as shade.I sometimes tend to read too much into things…..Anyway,your fave’s Bday is right around the corner so that might have played a part in the creation of this post.

  12. ERIC August 14, 2011

    SHE’S THE QUEEN! AND THIS VIDEO IS FANTASTIC! THE ROPE CHOREOGRAPHY IS LEGENDARY!

  13. Madonnalover August 14, 2011

    @Istan4gaga
    Oh, its alright. I do too. AND YES, I KNOW!! I’m so f****** excited for her birthday, im gonna dance in my jammys in my flat to her discography and rejoice at her living another year :”)

  14. onyx August 14, 2011

    Finally this Site recognize who is The Real Queen of Pop, the one and only Madonna,
    she’s pop.
    Her Royal Majesty Madonna Queen of Pop
    LONG LIVE THE QUEEN.

  15. Misfit August 14, 2011

    One word: ICONIC!!!!

  16. Misfit August 14, 2011

    @ MadonnaLover

    I love your enthusiasm for Madonna! You make me smile! 🙂

  17. MISHKA August 14, 2011

    This is actually one of my favourite videos by Madonna

    Good choice, TGJ !

  18. MadonnaLover August 14, 2011

    @MisFit
    AWH! :”)

  19. Misfit August 14, 2011

    @ Onyx

    I hear you, but I seem to remember two pics on the, who is the queen of pop post! It’s all good. I’m here for Madonna right now, so that’s the last I will speak on that issue! Love you Madonna u are a queen from the start of the video age till now!!!

    Bring that new album, we are waiting!!! 🙂 🙂

  20. onyx August 14, 2011

    @MISFIT. you right i just have 2 say to that grape juice (stop comparing Madonna with these young ladies, but i know there’s nothing wrong compare her with other legends of music like Janet Jackson)

  21. pop royalty (I HAVE 72 FAVS ) August 14, 2011

    @madonna lover :

    we did it , we did it baby ! WE DID IT !

    erotic , erotic put your hands all over my body 😉 ! LMFAO ! SO F*****’ XD !

    i f*****’ love u @sam ! this means a lot to me !

  22. Misfit August 14, 2011

    @ONYX
    August 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    @MISFIT. you right i just have 2 say to that grape juice (stop comparing Madonna with these young ladies, but i know there’s nothing wrong compare her with other legends of music like Janet Jackson)
    ——–
    Nuff said! 1000% co-sign!!!!

    *Goes back and presses play on “Where’s The Party”!! 🙂

  23. Misfit August 14, 2011

    @ Sam

    I gotta give it to you, this is the best “From The Vault” in a minute!! Kudos!!! 🙂

  24. CRAZYWORLD August 14, 2011

    LOL the last part is basically for rihanna.

    RIhanna = BLACK MADONNA

  25. pop royalty (I HAVE 72 FAVS ) August 14, 2011

    @crazy world :

    agree ! but rihanna just need to have a “vision” like madonna and she will be the next madonna ! but i see madonna in her !

    good point 😉 !

  26. Word August 14, 2011

    Rihanna the black madonna????

    FIRST OF ALL
    RIHANNA CANNOT SING!!!!!

    LASTLY
    RIHANNA CANNOT DANCE.

    Where’s the talent????? catchy songs and being naked makes ICONS???
    queens stay pressed.

  27. ANTHONY August 14, 2011

    i will always luv madonna & she will always be the queen of pop, she the one female pop star that change the game & stayed changing herself…there is no other on fake flakes that what to be her but hate too say it!

  28. Gagalo!!!!(Aka African…) August 14, 2011

    This is my favorite video from Madge( but Miles away and American Life are my favorites songs)!!! this song can touch all generations, the choregrapy was iconic, and i enjoded that they dance in a box!!!!!

    Euuuuuh it’s very disrespectful toward Madge, who F***** WORKED HARD for her statut of legend and ultime queen of pop, who had full hands on her career, who REALLY had figth for race equality ( see the black jesus in “Like a prayer) for women’s freedom, for Gay’s freedom… saying :” rihanna(a puppet)= black Madonna, while she can’t sing, can’t write, can’t dance, didn’t have any values, she’s a singles “singer”, arrogant, trash and unclassy and think she can be the next Madge….

    You re f***** delusional, uneducate and disrespectful if you think rih is the “black Madonna”

  29. Gagalo!!!!(Aka African…) August 14, 2011

    And the delusional, don’t forget Madge have longevity b******!!!!

  30. Fkarol August 14, 2011

    One of few artists who can control their own career succesfully. She is the most intelligent popstar and has a huge string of hits, around 75 singles, 66 music videos and still making hits! Even though MJ was more of a musician Madonna knows how to re-invent herself. She can do everything. I think she should be in politics.

  31. dabunique August 14, 2011

    I forever read this website and agree or disagree but first time commenting. Madonna has been my b**** since I was 4 years old and my mom’s boyfriend gave me as a present Everybody lp (record baby). From dat day on, she has always been my favorite. Growing up I mimicked every video she made. from stealing my mom’s gloves to act out Material Girl, to make a dress out of my mom’s red bedsheets and light candles on da floor and act out La Isla Bonita, to pretend I was a merman to my friend’s Madonna in Cherish, this woman has molded the person I am. the best comment I read was Madonna’s sixth underated album. I love Bedtime Stories. This album and Erotica are sooo underarted. She is da only Queen of Pop. there is no passing it to others, There will always be Madonna. Regardless if Mariah has more number ones, Lady Gaga outsells her, Britney has more top 10 hits,Beyonce proclaims her royalness, there will always be Madonna. A true icon and pioneer.

  32. S*** August 15, 2011

    *TRASH*

    NEXT! ==>>

  33. nice_gurl August 15, 2011

    I love this song and video. There’s no denying that Madonna is an icon.

  34. Vegas girl August 15, 2011

    I Looovved this song and video!! Yay!

  35. Vegas girl August 15, 2011

    After watching the video it cracks me up that over a decade later some “pop stars” are using the same imagery and themes/issues to be edgy and different! I’m talking about all of them, not just one particular lady so insert whoever you want. I’m not saying Madonna was being completely original, she had to get the ideas from somewhere but she was excellent for bringing underground to mainstream.

    You would think that this message ( imagery, theme,etc.) would be soooo old but either it still resonates or everyone is using the same template to etch out their career.

  36. Almond Joy August 15, 2011

    This sucks ass

  37. Kijano August 15, 2011

    Madonna is the one, and many forget she’s STILL in the game. Can’t wait for her new album

  38. antertain August 15, 2011

    I was all over this song when it came out.
    Always thought this would have suited TLC when I heard it.

    Good vault choice TGJ

  39. Leo August 15, 2011

    yes, one of her best songs. and the whole bedtime stories era (1994-1995) was amazing!

  40. Hug August 15, 2011

    Whitney could never.

  41. Poorvaphalguni August 15, 2011

    Madonna is one of the most artistic artists, if not the most!

  42. StarrM August 15, 2011

    The real Queen of Pop.

  43. Gem August 15, 2011

    Secret, Forbidden Love, Human Nature, Sanctuary, Love Tried to Welcome Me, Take a Bow, Bedtime Story are GEMS. Madonna, love & respect <3

  44. Andzani August 15, 2011

    Ey

  45. alex September 25, 2011

    Wow, I didn’t know Madge could be so snooty. Saw a funny parody of her snobbish remarks at the Venice Film Festival, by the way. http://youtu.be/RhyJhJYBTlY

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