DMA's Alt Pop Up A Madonna Classic
  • MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016

  • Posted by: Don Saas



I watched a lot of VH1 as a kid. I don't think I ever watched MTV in the days where it actually played music, but I watched a lot of VH1 during the summers when I was young. And I don't have a proper explanation for why this is the case, but there are two videos that I remember beyond any others from that period: Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Scar Tissue" and Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger."

If you aren't a 90s kid like me, you either probably don't know "Beautiful Stranger" or you've forgotten about it. It was Madonna's song in the soundtrack for the first Austin Powers sequel, The Spy Who Shagged Me. That's the worst Austin Powers movie (albeit that being the world's lowest bar to clear), but "Beautiful Stranger" has aged significantly better than the film that birthed it...an intoxicating fusion of electronic 90s Madonna with 60s psych-pop excess (there's an extended flute outro!).

Australian alt rockers DMA's stopped by Annie Mac's BBC 1 radio show and, as is the tradition on her program, performed a live cover. They chose Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" and their version sounds like what would have happened if What's the Story Morning Glory-era Oasis had covered the track, and I mean that as a compliment.


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