CMU Beef Of The Week #104: Paul Van Dyk v Madonna
By Chris Cooke | Published on Friday 30 March 2012
Her Madge-ness made a surprise appearance at the Winter Music Conference accompanying Ultra Music Festival in Miami last weekend, ahead of the release of her new record ‘MDNA’, but pissed off some of the dance music community’s big names by asking her audience whether they had seen ‘Molly’.
The Molly reference was widely assumed to be a take on the old Mrs Merton BRIT Awards gag (“has anyone seen Charlie, everyone backstage is asking for Charlie”), given ‘Molly’ is slang for ecstasy, or MDMA if you want to be more scientific about these things. And, of course, Madonna is already alluding to the clubbing drug in her new album’s title.
But, see, while some of the young clubbers enjoying Madonna’s impromptu set might have enjoyed the sly drug references, some in the dance genre are rather sensitive about the associations electronic music has with drugs, and weren’t impressed that the pop queen seemed to think an electronic music festival was the best place to push the drug allusions in her new album’s title.
Deadmau5 was the first to criticise Madonna for the Molly talk, tweeting his objections, though – ever keen to be in with the in crowd – Madge quickly moved to placate the popular producer by insisting there’d been a misunderstanding. She reportedly tweeted back: “I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called ‘Have You Seen Molly’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my last album…”
Convinced? Well, Paul Van Dyk isn’t. He’s also not impressed by Madonna’s Ultra Molly references, and has spoken to Billboard on the matter. Says the superstar DJ: “I don’t think she was thinking much. The only thing she was probably thinking was, ‘I need to connect with a young crowd’, and she made the biggest mistake of her career. Madonna was so stupid to actually call out drug abuse in front of a crowd of 18-year-olds. This is not what our music is about. It’s really counterproductive”.