Inside The Groove - Madonna’s Music

The story behind Madonna’s most famous songs

Each episode focuses on a particular track or era and discusses the creative process and how the song was received.

With reference to the videos and live performances, the episode often plays snippets from the song’s multitrack session.

Album Deep Dive - 19 - Madame X

June 30th, 2022

The story of Madonna's most recent studio album, inspired by living in Portugal and which saw Madonna reuniting with producer Mirwais. 

Album Deep Dive - 18 - Rebel Heart

June 17th, 2022

Songwriting sessions, leaks and re-recordings to get this album where it needed to be. Enjoy hear the story behind Madonna's thirteenth studio album.

Album Deep Dive - 17 - MDNA

June 4th, 2022

Madonna's 2012 EDM album may not be a fan favourite, but there's a story to be told. Hear the original writers demos behind many of the songs that made the final album, plus the story of the fantastic atwork. 

Live from London - Album Deep Dive - 16 - Celebration

May 21st, 2022

From the RVT in London - a live episode - with no edits - our panel and fans discuss the 2009 Greatest Hits package by Madonna. 

Countdown to Celebration

May 9th, 2022

A mini episode to tell you how to listen to the next episode live and what to expect if you'll be joining us for the live event in London on Saturday 21 May. 

Album Deep Dive - 15 - Hard Candy

April 28th, 2022

The most marmite of Madonna albums - everyone has an opinion on this one, not least of all the Steven Klein artwork. Find out how that was shot and the changes made to it afterwards, plus hear some unreleased gems from the archives and the story behind the album's third single, Miles Away.

Song by song: Interview with author Marc Andrews

April 19th, 2022

An interview with the author of a brilliant new book - Madonna: Song by Song - almost like this podcast in written form! Marc is a huge fan and has immense insight - and reveals some of his new discoveries in this very episode. 

Album Deep Dive - 14 - Confessions On A Dancefloor

March 31st, 2022

Madonna's disco-inspired album goes under the spotlight including the story behind some of the unused songs recorded for a musical project, the Steven Klein photoshoot and how Pet Shop Boys influenced the project. 

Album Deep Dive - 13 - American Life

March 16th, 2022

Hear about the recording of this album including unreleased tracks, the demo of Nothing Fails, individual elements from Love Profusion and, of course, the very distinctive album artwork. 

Album Deep Dive - 12 - Music

March 6th, 2022

Madonna's first album for the 2000s brought a huge sonic change to her music and a fantastic new look for the design. This episode also put special focus on the song American Pie which was included in some territories and had quite a significant effect on Madonna's plans. 

Album Deep Dive - 11 - Ray of Light

February 25th, 2022

The story behind one of Madonna's most important releases. As well as the beautiful artwork and Testino photoshoot, the story of Power of Goodbye is also told. 

Album Deep Dive - 10 - Something To Remember

February 12th, 2022

The story behind Madonna's third compilation LP, including the songs I Want You and You'll See. Plus you can hear some unreleased tracks from that period and find out all the info on the beautiful Testino cover... plus, what was the original title and plan for this album?

Album Deep Dive -9 - Bedtime Stories

January 28th, 2022

The story behind Madonna's 1994 dip into R&B mid-tempo pop and a special focus on the songs Take A Bow and I'd Rather Be Your Lover.

Album Deep Dive - 8b Erotica part 2 - the Sex Book

January 20th, 2022

Find out more about this provocative book and also hear some of the unreleased songs from the Erotica album. 

Album Deep Dive - 8 - Erotica (part1)

January 14th, 2022

The story behind Madonna's 1992 album - in part one, we discuss the record's main producer, Shep Pettibone, talk about the artwork and throw focus on the song Rain.

Album Deep Dive - 7 - The Immaculate Collection

December 17th, 2021

The story behind Madonna's first greatest hits package, with details about Q Sound, Blond Ambition, The Herb Ritts photography, and a special focus on Rescue Me.

Album Deep Dive - 6 - I‘m Breathless

December 10th, 2021

The story behind the recording of Madonna's album which was inspired by her character in Dick Tracy

Album Deep Dive - 5 - Like A Prayer

November 24th, 2021

The story behind t he recording of Madonna's seminal album, with details of the photoshoot, the singles and a focus on Oh Father. 

Album Deep Dive - 4 You Can Dance

November 11th, 2021

The story behind Madonna's first remix album with special focus on the song Spotlight - plus additional infor about Who's That Girl

Album Deep Dive - 3 True Blue

October 29th, 2021

The story behind Madonna's third album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design, and special focus on the song Papa Don't Preach.

Album Deep Dive - 2 Like A Virgin

October 15th, 2021

The story behind Madonna's second album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design, and special focus on the song Material Girl

Album Deep Dive - 1 Madonna

October 1st, 2021

The story behind Madonna's 1983 debut album. With the history of its making, the photoshoot, the design and special focus on the song Lucky Star. 

Special Episode - Madonna Covers (with Darren Hayes)

September 10th, 2021

Who has covered her with Golden Kisses and when did Madonna do it better? This episode focusses on a new album of Madonna covers and also talks about the best and not so best covers of Madonna songs from over the years with special guest Darren Hayes.

Deep Dive - Don‘t Tell Me

September 1st, 2021

Yee-haw! Get ready to line dance in celebration of that folky piece of electronica. But also to hear some of the songs which didn't make the final cut for the Music album on its release in 2000.

Special Episode -Deeper & Deeper Remixed & Revisited

August 16th, 2021

This episode was first released in February 2021 with part 2 only available to patrons. Now you can listen to both episodes together as a gift on Madonna's birthday. Remember to check out the new merchandise at https://merchify.me/insidethegroove/ 

Special Episode - Who‘s That Girl

August 14th, 2021

Revisiting all four songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, discussing the movie with the MLVC podcast, talking about the Who's That Girl World Tour with the Immaculate Podcast plus special guests Graham Gremore from Queerty and Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light who plays his cover of Causing A Commotion. Also included are brand new - exclusively for this podcast - covers of other 1987 Madonna tracks by Graingerboy, Kavana, and Darren Hayes. A celebration of Madonna for her 63rd birthday.

Deep Dive - 4 Minutes

July 31st, 2021

A tonal shift for Madonna with a song which was not only a massive hit for the singer, but brought lots of new fans on board. But it's a divisive track and era with certain fans. I'll be discussing this, telling the story of the recording and mixing and also exploring its use in the TV show Glee.

Deep Dive - Burning Up

July 18th, 2021

This was Madonna's second single, but it didn't have a global release so is not known as widely as some of her bigger hits, despite being a complete banger! Hear the story of its earliest versions plus how Madonna was styled, how the video was made, the special artwork by her friend Martin Burgoyne and much more!

Deep Dive - Evita (part 3) with The Honest Vocal Coach

July 1st, 2021

The final part of the set of episodes about Evita is a discussion with the Honest Vocal Coach about Madonna's voice as we compare it to the other famous actors to have played the role of Eva Peron.

Deep Dive - Evita (part 2)

June 24th, 2021

The second part of three episodes discussing Madonna's role in this movie and the accompanying soundtrack.

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