Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 12/02/99

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Extremely like a virgin

Tribute albums -- where a mixed bag of celebrities get together to record songs by a particular artist -- tend to be decidedly mixed affairs. For one thing, the calibre of the bands featured on them tends to be, well, a bit downscale. I thoroughly enjoyed The Duran Duran Tribute Album, for instance, but I might have heard of three of the bands on it if I was lucky. The same goes for A Song For Eurotrash, ABBA The Tribute and many others.

However, I must admit that Virgin Voices, a forthcoming Madonna tribute album, has piqued my interest. The key reason? Most of the acts performing are well-known popsters of the 80s, and were actually at their peak when Madonna first emerged on the scene. Consider this partial tracklisting:

This is not entirely surprising, given that Cleopatra Records, which is releasing the two-volume set, has made something of a practice out of signing up 80s bands. This can only be a good thing, and I'll certainly be looking out for the album when it emerges (or more likely, when I can afford it).

MAILClick here to contact Gus

HORGo back to recent rants

GUSWORLDReturn to Gusworld Central