(See Part I)

1995. Leather catsuits, latex hoods, bondage in a single-glove (or monoglove) strappado, Madonna chained to a chair, high-heels, what a list, eh? “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself” is the motto and the main idea of the song. The bondage itself and bondage symbols are used in the video as an allegory of “repressing”, when someone is not only allowed to live the life he/she wanted to live, but even prohibited to make any attempts of “expressing” his or her thoughts:

You wouldn’t let me say the words I longed to say
You punished me for telling you…
I didn’t know I couldn’t speak my mind
I didn’t know I couldn’t talk about
… etc…

So, no, the video is not a bondage or fetish propaganda, quite the contrary :-)


The stills from the video you can see here. Just like Robert Palmer’s”Addicted to Love” this video was directed by a professional fashion photographer. Jean-Baptiste Mondino was inspired by his photo session with Nadja Auermann:

mondino-auermann-1 mondino-auermann-2

and Eric Stanton’s drawings. Some more of Mondino’s works: