Beth Ditto: I Wrote The Book (Video Premiere)

by Bradley Stern

Photo courtesy of SPIN.

Madonna‘s making a serious comeback these days…and she’s not even the one making the music.

After Christina Aguilera‘s (critically panned) homage to “Express Yourself” with the video for “Not Myself Tonight”, and the current brouhaha surrounding Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” and its not-so-subtle references to “Express Yourself” and “Vogue,” there’s never been more early ’90’s Madonna permeating the pop scene than in this moment. (Well, except for when she was actually living it.)

Now comes the video premiere for Gossip front-woman Beth Ditto‘s “I Wrote The Book”–one of the four tracks from her upcoming Simian Mobile Disco-produced solo EP.

In an unabashed nod to Madonna’s “Justify My Love,” Ditto finds herself wearily drifting down an empty hotel corridor, luggage in tow, in the opening moments of the brand new clip.

Throw in the ballroom dance of “Vogue” (WORK!), the bed sequences from Truth or Dare, and all the light, mood and shadow of the entire Erotica era (down to the very font!), and BINGO: You’ve got yourself a proper Madonna homage.

This is, hands down, the best celebration of the Queen yet. I love, love, LOVE everything about this!

The Beth Ditto EP will be released on March 8.

  • http://sillyolddaniel.blogspot.com Daniel

    Oh and the Truth Or Dare towel turban as well, AMAZING.

  • http://www.muumuse.com Bradley Stern

    YES! Forgot to add that in as well. Purely amazing!!!

  • david

    So THIS is difference between theft and homage. Awesome. A Madge tribute I can really get behind.


    It says the video is not up? I really want to see this one.


    Madonna wrote the book, don’t test her.

  • http://twitter.com/toysoldier Matte

    You forgot Brit’s Radar video!

  • Mara

    What made Christina Aguilera’s video suck so much has a lot to do with the fact that the song itself ‘Not Myself Tonight’ is absolutely dreadful.

  • http://twitter.com/amandadissinger Amanda Dissinger

    Beth Ditto rules! Just got her EP on her website and it’s so good. If you’re a fan, check out this awesome article about her: http://www.spinner.com/2011/03/07/beth-ditto-EP/