(It appears "sexy woman death" is no longer on YouTube.) SCORE: 8.803 11 x 1 @dancingwithmyself 2015 PLACEMENT: DOWN 2 - 27 of 210 (8.632) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 48 (@nikkysan @AshtrayHeart @aux @dodoriazarbon @eatyourself @HEARTCORE @Lucy Honeychurch @tylerc904 @OSHi @JMRGBY @AllGagaLike @Cutlery @Suburbia @soratami @GimmeWork @Mirwais Ahmadzaï @Andrew.L @elear @Ana Raquel @Andy French @WoW73 @Up Down Suite @theelusivechanteuse @Joe. @FridayNight @Modeblock @Hurricane Drunk @scottdisick94 @RetroPhysical @Zdarlight @citoig @joeee @Xanax @BEST FICTION @Miss Lange @Epic Chocolat @Mister_G @phoenix123 @Lila @Pop Life @clowezra @Rogue @wintersleep @KingBruno @eliminathan @Verandi @RainOnFire @FrozenNight) LOWEST SCORE: 4.5 x 2 (@CasperFan @Dangerous Maknae) MY SCORE: 8/10 Funny how we've eliminated a collective $16M of video budget today with the two songs that have left. "Die Another Day" leaving means that, in what should surprise nobody, "Nothing Fails" succeeds in being the top track from American Life yet again, joining "Vogue" and "God Control" as being the only tracks remaining from their parent albums. Which one will leave first, I wonder? As we all (should) know, "Die Another Day" was the chosen song for the James Bond film of the same name. Now, James Bond theme songs have a pretty illustrious, varied history across the decades. Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Adele, Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, and in recent years Sam Smith and even Billie Eilish, who released her Bond theme earlier this year when it still seemed the film was going to make it to theatres at the start of 2020. Garbage were another act to tackle the theme, doing "The World Is Not Enough" for, well, you can guess. Apparently it was after this relatively low-key choice (although the song is a jam if I remember correctly) that film studio MGM wanted a bigger artist to do the theme for the next film. And, well, do you know anyone who makes a bigger splash than Madonna? I don't fucking think so. Madonna in the midst of the sessions for what would eventually become American Life at the time, and when quizzed on the song after release, she admitted to being a bit of a contrarian who didn't want to do a bog standard Bond theme - orchestral, grand, sweeping, perfect background music for silhouettes of naked hourglass-shaped women diving into martini glasses while Pierce Brosnan smoulders behind them, etc. She literally said, "they're getting techno" and... served them a wee bit of techno on a fucking platter for their nerves, I guess. Anecdotally, I even remember "Die Another Day" being panned in my general life when it first came out and... I didn't really understand the issue. Anyone commissioning Madonna with an exact remit must know that she's going to buck that remit in any way possible, and in terms of something that was bold and attention-grabbing, I'm not really sure it gets any more fit for purposes than "Die Another Day", which is glitchy, ferocious, dissonant, and... deconstructed. It's like a song that's been frozen in mid-collapse. Parts skip and repeat and crash into other parts inelegantly; Madonna's voice is chopped and screwed beyond recognition at several times, and it's generally pretty emblematic of your usual action movie. The song was actually rewritten when Madonna was brought in for the soundtrack, as it had been lying around in her demos folder in some form as a song all about the death of ego, which explains why it had remained in her vault considering her ego is alive and well. This is why it contains references to Sigmund Freud and lyrically all about casting aside previous wrongdoings, slights, and hedonistic pleasures. This was peak Kabbalahdonna, remember. Anyway, the strings were actually recorded with a live orchestra, which Mirwais then sliced up and merged with the harsher electronic sounds present. Apparently, despite all her grandstanding, Madonna did originally want something a little more sweeping and grandiose, but Mirwais talked her out of it, citing the fact that she had already done that on a massive, massive hit about someone's heart not being open or something. "Die Another Day" has had only a few outings in terms of live performances, despite being a pretty decent hit worldwide. I do wonder if eventually winding up on the American Life tracklist bombed its chances of being carted out again. It was performed during Re-Invention where it received a fairly tedious tango treatment, before appearing as an interlude during Sticky & Sweet and finally as the instrumental for the performance of "Beautiful Killer" Madonna did at the Olympia in 2012 with the shaky as fuck camera work, which y'all have already seen. The video is also a low-key camp classic, with Madonna fighting herself, spitting on people, getting strapped to electric chairs, bleeding, and generally causing a biT of a ruckus. It's also one of the most expensive pop videos ever made and pissed off some folks of a religious nature, but I feel like that's just assumed for a Madonna single at this point. And purely for the culture, I have included Madonna's starring role as fencing instructor Verity in Die Another Day. Yeesh. Enjoy!