Gwen on Madonna
Some nice mentions of Madonna by Gwen Stefani are reported today by Contacmusic:
Gwen had one intention when she made her debut album Love Angel Music Baby: to filter the favourite sounds of her childhood through contemporary producers and to capture the essence of dancing to Madonna and Depeche Mode in the 1980s.
“I used to go dancing at Disneyland because there was a club in there and I lived across the street so I’d sneak in,” she says “I love all that music even though I couldn’t admit it then. Imagine, like Madonna had just come out, no-one had ever seen her before. It was like, ‘Who the f**k is that?’
“I wasn’t into all that at the time – Madonna and Depeche Mode – but as I grew up I realised that all that music, the stuff that was popular at the time, was the backdrop of my life. So I wanted to take that music and make it into a modern record that made me feel good but make it with modern people from the clubs today like Dre and Andre 3000 and Pharrell.”