Due to the theme of this newsletter, it is no surprise that Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” comes up as the Sex Song of the Week. “Like A Virgin” is just one of those songs from the mid-eighties that everybody knows and used to joke about when they were younger, and since Madonna IS a worldwide superstar, it would be a shame if we did not mention her claim to fame. The lyrics allude to a lover who makes every experience feel like the first time, and are pretty self-explanatory: “I was beat incomplete. I’d been had. I was sad and blue. But you made me feel. Yeah you made me feel shiny and new. Like a virgin. Touched for the very first time.” The video for the song shows Madonna prancing around in a wedding dress, along with her other iconic and cutting-edge fashions, and there even is an appearance by a real live lion(!). Her 1984 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) performance of the hit is one of the most memorable in MTV’s history, being reenacted years later by herself, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliot with the “kiss heard ‘round the world.” The memory that now comes to my mind with “Like A Virgin” happens to be Keith Beukelaer’s rendition of the song at the Season Two auditions of American Idol, where Simon Cowell called him “the worst singer in the world.” Well at least Madonna and Beukelaer have the world factor in common, and he tried to look sexy right? That is really all that matters.