What It Feels Like for a Girl


What It Feels Like for a Girl

Infobox Single
Name = What It Feels Like for a Girl


Artist = Madonna
from Album = Music
B-side = "Lo Que Siente La Mujer"
Released = April 17 2001
Format = DVD single
CD single
CD maxi single
Video single
Cassette single
12" single
Recorded = 2000
Length = 4:41
Genre = Pop
Trance
Label = Maverick, Warner Bros.
Writer = Madonna
Guy Sigsworth
David Torn
Producer = Madonna
Sigsworth
Mark Stent
Last single = "Don't Tell Me"
(2000/2001)
This single = "What It Feels Like for a Girl"
(2001)
Next single = "Die Another Day"
(2002)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Music
Type = studio
prev_track = "Don't Tell Me"
prev_no = 7
this_track = "What It Feels Like for a Girl"
track_no = 8
next_track = "Paradise (Not for Me)"
next_no = 9
Extra tracklisting
Album = GHV2
Type = compilation
prev_track = "Don't Tell Me" (album version)
prev_no = 12
this_track = "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (album version)
track_no = 13
next_track = "Drowned World/Substitute for Love" (album version)
next_no = 14
Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate covers
Type = studio


Lower caption = German Maxi-CD cover
Extra album cover 2
Type = studio


Lower caption = Colombian remix promo CD cover
Extra album cover 2
Type = studio


Lower caption = DVD single cover

"What It Feels Like for a Girl" is the third and final single by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her 8th studio album "Music" and was released on April 17, 2001 by Maverick Records. The single was also released on DVD and VHS containing the controversial music video, directed by Guy Ritchie. Its depiction of violence and abuse caused MTV to ban it before 9pm. The music video contains a dance remix by Above & Beyond which contains only a sample of lyrics from the original album version. It became the biggest selling DVD single of all time in 2001. Fact|date=May 2008

ong information

The song was written by Madonna and Guy Sigsworth and produced by Madonna, Sigsworth, and Mark "Spike" Stent. An additional composer credit is included in the "I'm Going To Tell You A Secret" CD inner notes, with David Torn being the third composer. The track contains an excerpt from "The Cement Garden".

A Spanish version of the song was especially recorded for inclusion on the single as the B-side. "Lo Que Siente la Mujer" was released as a promo-only single in Europe. Later it was added to the two-disc Tour Edition of "Music" and the Mexican Edition of the album along with the remix of the same track replacing "American Pie", and was performed live on Madonna's Drowned World Tour in the same summer.

The maxi-single containing the Above & Beyond and Paul Oakenfold trance remix of the song was also released alongside the conventional single version. This remix was very popular in nightclubs.

Music video

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The song attracted attention because of its music video, which premiered on America Online, but was banned from TV broadcast in many parts of the world. The video features a blonde Madonna (later revealed to be a major felon and con artist) donning a mechanics' outfit, black driving gloves and black stilettos, leaving her motel room and hotwiring a second generation Chevrolet Camaro to pick up an elderly woman (said in the "GHV2" liner notes to be her grandmother) from the Ol Kuntz Guest Home. Madonna then causes various degrees of mischief, including tasering a man withdrawing cash from an ATM, firing a silver water pistol at police officers and blowing up a gas station, before finally crashing her car at full speed into a pole. It was directed by Madonna's husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie in February 2001 and filmed on location on Hill Street and 7th Street in Los Angeles, California. The video used an alternate remix edit by Above & Beyond which featured almost no vocals from the original song. This edit can be found on the European single.

Critics railed the video for being overly violent and graphic; Madonna defended the video, stating that male artists get away with the same, if not worse, in their own music videos. The video was nevertheless banned from most North American and European video stations including MTV and VH1, receiving only late-night play, if at all. The decision to ban the video was a source of argument, since it appeared to be no more violent than some television shows that aired at the time. Ironically, the video went into heavy rotation on the Oxygen channel and was streamed on America Online frequently. It was also later played frequently on VH1 Madonna programs, but in an edited format. Madonna released the video as a DVD single on April 17, 2001.

The video used the Above & Beyond remix of the track, which differs from the club-mix they produced. The remix was written in a small room hired out in the studios at the University Of Westminster by Jono Grant & Paavo Siljamki. The third member of the group, Tony McGuinness, joined the group as a result of the remix, having worked for Warner Music previously.

When aired on MTV and VH1, the video was given a TV-MA rating and when the DVD music video single was submitted to the MPAA, it received an R. Interestingly, the DVD single only received a 12 from the BBFC and a PG from the OFLC.

*Director: Guy Ritchie
*Producer: Lynn Zekanis
*Director of Photography: Alex Barber
*Editor: Michael Heldman
*Production Company: DNA Inc.

Thunderpuss Controversy

The acclaimed remixing duo was hired to do a remix of "What It Feels Like For A Girl". However, when they were almost finishing the mix, it was rejected because some people renamed the original version of the song as "Thunderpuss Mix" and spread it on the internet. The label thought the remix was leaked from Thunderpuss studio, after an employee claimed that he saw the Thunderpuss remix in rotation on the internet already. Barry Harris (from Thunderpuss duo) talked about this episode in an interview at About.Com website. [http://dancemusic.about.com/cs/interviews/a/BarryHarrisInt2_3.htm]

Ironically, the internet is the only way to get the Thunderpuss mixes. After the release of the official remixes, the T-Puss mixes were leaked to the internet, this time for real, since it was not going to be released and the remix was completed anyway.

Trivia

*The track was originally scheduled to be the second single from the album instead of "Don't Tell Me".
*The intro of the song features lines spoken by actress Charlotte Gainsbourg sampled from the movie "The Cement Garden"

*Donna Summer's I Feel Love was sampled for the interlude of the remix of this song for the Drowned World Tour, with scenes from anime films "Perfect Blue" and "Urotsukidoji" splashed on the TV screens.

Track listings and formats

;US 2 x 12" vinyl (9 42372-0, 9 42372-0) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/14426 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]

*A1 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) - 7:18
*A2 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) - 8:08
*B1 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) - 7:27
*B2 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) - 3:39
*C1 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
*C2 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) - 4:45
*D1 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) - 3:45
*D2 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) - 8:45

;EU 12" vinyl (9362 42379 0) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/62756 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]
*A1 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
*A2 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) - 4:45
*B "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) - 3:39

;UK 12" vinyl (W533T) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/103401 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ] , EU 12" Remix vinyl (9362 42367 0) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/43284 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl (Remixes) ] ]
*A "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) - 7:27
*B "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) - 7:18

;EU CD single (5439 16752 2) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/362234 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Album Version) - 4:43
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) - 3:45

;EU Maxi-CD (9362 42370 2) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/35525 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl (CD 2) ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Radio Edit) - 4:03
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) - 4:45
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) - 3:39

;AU CD single (9362-42374-2)(Limited edition with fold out poster) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/713218 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Album Version) - 4:43
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) - 7:27
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) - 7:18
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) - 8:08

;JP Maxi-CD (WPCR-10905) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/688069 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Radio Edit) - 4:03
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) - 4:45
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) - 8:45

;JP CD single (WPCR-10906) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/688062 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ] , US Maxi-CD (9 42372-2, 9 42372-2) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/27672 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) - 7:18
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) - 8:08
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) - 8:45
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) - 7:27
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) - 4:45
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) - 3:39
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) - 3:45
# "Lo Que Siente La Mujer" - 4:43

;US DVD single (38539-2) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/1043683 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Video) - 5:00

;EU DVD single (7599 38541-2) [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/722706 Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Video) - 5:00
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) - 8:08

;Colombian promo CD single (010524) [ [http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=236243 Madonna What It Feels Like For A Girl - Remixes Colombia Promo 5" CD SINGLE (236243) ] ]
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) - 7:18
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (George Best Saturday Night Mix) - 5:22
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) - 8:08
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) - 3:39
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) - 7:27
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) - 3:45
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) - 8:45
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) - 4:45
# "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) - 6:42
# "Lo Que Siente La Mujer" - 4:43

Official versions

*Album Version (4:45)
*Radio Edit (4:04)
*Acapella (4:22) (Unreleased)
*Stéphane Pompougnac Remix (4:36)
*Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix (7:20)
*Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix (7:26)
*Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit (3:44)
*Above & Beyond Video Remix (4:21)
*Tracy Young Club Mix (8:58)
*Tracy Young Instrumental (8:58) (Promo Only)
*Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix (4:46)
*Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix (8:09)
*Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit (3:41)
*Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix (6:44)
*That Kid Chris Caligula 2001 Mix (9:48) (Promo Only)
*George Best Saturday Night Mix (5:22) (Promo Only)
*Thunderpuss Club Mix (11:22) (Unreleased)
*Thunderdub (11:06) (Unreleased)
*Thunderpuss Tribe-A-Pella (8:04) (Unreleased)
*Thunderpuss Radio Mix (3:37)(Unreleased)

Charts

Certifications

External links

* [http://www.mad-eyes.net/disco/music/what-it-feels-like-for-a-girl.htm Mad-Eyes.net - "What It Feels Like For A Girl" Single Page]

References


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