With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

“I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you there” February 7, 2012

It would seem that Madonna’s performance in the US Superbowl half time slot was both spectacular and controversial. Her set at the not particularly exotically named Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis included many of her biggest hits; “Vogue”, “Music”, “Open Your Heart“, “Express Yourself“, “Like a Prayer” and as expected her new single “Give Me all Your Luvin”. She arrived on stage in a chariot preceded by a whole legion of Roman Gladiators. To be fair Kylie has already done the chariot thing in concert.

Madge was joined at various times by Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and of course MIA. That is where the apparent controversy has arisen. There was no Janet Jackson style wardrobe malfunction but simply a glimpse of MIA’s middle finger. Yes MIA flipped the bird on live TV. The reaction of the US press, who seemed to take great delight in pointing out that MIA, whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, is British, would suggest that it was an international incident on a warlike scale. NBC apologised for her inappropriate and spontaneous behaviour.

oh dear, the shock, the horror!

In my opinion this is a great deal of fuss over nothing much a real storm in an espresso cup. It’s interesting (and thanks to Nick Horslen for reminding me of this) that whilst the broadcaster NBC didn’t like MIA’s middle finger they were quite happy to let Madonna perform a song with a not so hidden reference to fellatio; “Like A Prayer”. Patrick Leonard co-wrote the song with her Madgeness, claimed that at first he didn’t appreciate that the opening lines; ‘When you call my name, it’s like a little prayer, I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you there’ were effectively about oral sex. He asked Madonna to change the words but she refused. I wonder if she said ‘come on Patrick, let’s at least suck it and see!’ That quote from Leonard was included in J. Randy Taraborrelli‘s book  Madonna: An Intimate Biography.

Incidentally did you know that the middle finger insult was first recorded nearly 2,500 years ago. According to the BBC a public intellectual, expressing his contempt for a gas-bag politician, reaches for a familiar gesture. He extends his middle finger and declares: “This is the great demagogue”.This allegedly took place in Fourth Century BC Athens, when the philosopher Diogenes told a group of visitors exactly what he thought about the orator Demosthenes. Read the full BBC explanation by clicking here. Apparently it is a very phallic gesture with the middle finger representing the penis and the curled fingers on each side the testicles. So it was mostly just bollocks then.

Anyway the thing has had the desired effect. Madge has oodles of free publicity for a show which she took no fee for. Her album sales will rocket and she has just announced a world tour to support the release of her new album in March. If you arrived here looking for something about the sport and not the spectacle of the Super Bowl I can tell you that the 2012 game was won 21 – 17 by the New York Giants who beat the New England Patriots.

And finally Madonna acts out the offending lines from “Like A Prayer”


15 Responses to ““I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you there””

  1. nick Says:

    Classic mate!! – “Lets suck it and see” Groan!! 😉

    On the facebook and other threads i couldnt believe the number of people in the USA who dont know who M.I.A. is inspite of her success in general as well as her academy and grammy nominations. Still they know her now 😎

  2. wp Says:

    Ha ha … this is so funny … I’m so pleased I googled the Bishopshalt moose

    • justwilliam1959 Says:


      thanks for the comment. I’m seriously impressed that you found my blog while searching for the Bishopshalt moose. I have certainly mentioned Bishopshalt and moose previously, but probably not in the same sentence before!

      Did you actually find the moose?

      When were you at the school? I was there just after the collapse of the Roman Empire. well not quite 1970 to 1975 actually!



      • wp Says:

        Hello Bill

        You’re very welcome and I’m pleased you’re seriously impressed. You did rather get my hopes up regarding the Bishopshalt moose … only to dash them as you had only mentioned them as separate entities … but hey ho.

        No, I didn’t find the moose … I got too flipping engrossed reading your blog.

        I was there 72 – 77 … so a youngster in comparison.

        Cheers too


  3. wp Says:

    I will get bored and stop leaving comments soon.

    As I was saying to a good friend of mine yesterday ‘mein elch wird gekocht’. Bizarrely, this good friend has a minor role in one of your old posts which I came across yesterday.

    I may just hunt you down on facebook ….

    Wendy P

    • justwilliam1959 Says:


      now you’ve intrigued me, a friend with a minor role on my blog? If it’s female it might be Joy, Gay or something to do with my cousin Deb. If it’s male then the list could be endless.

      However if it’s linked to Bishopshalt then I’m guessing Phil Isaacs, Neil Payne, Chris Skinner or possibly Bryan Jones or Brian Taylor. Then again it could be someone who previously commented on the blog with a Bishopshalt link, their name escapes me at the moment. I’ll have to look it up later now!

      I suppose it could be a contributor to my millionth hit post as well

      I’m not going to get it you’re going to need to put me out of my misery



      P.S. feel free to come and find me on FaceBook

    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      My German is crap so I had to check out ‘mein elch wird gekocht’ on Babelfish. If the translation is correct it is ‘My moose is cooked’…………. I love it!

      • wp Says:

        Yes … well done you!

        Sorry for the intrigue. He’s a shy boy, so I didn’t know if I should bandy his name about on here. It is ….. Mr Skinner … so yes, you did well with your suspects.

        • wp Says:

          Congratulations on the three years by the way … that’s longer than all my marriages have lasted.

          What’s the record for the most number of comments on a post out of interest?

          • justwilliam1959 Says:

            Marriages? Have you been collecting them? I got married for the second time last year to my beautiful Catwoman as she is known in the blog. Her real name is Catherine. Sadly Chris couldn’t make the wedding but he came to York and stayed with us for a weekend in July.

            The record number of comments for a post on this blog is 22. This one is now at 10 so is in the top 6. The link for the record one is https://justwilliam1959.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/if-youre-555-then-im-666/ back when the blog was only a month old. Many of the comments were rather amusingly from disgruntled American teens because I had labelled a picture Slipknot without their masks when in fact it was Cradle Of Filth. I pointed this out in my own comments but still they came! My favourite was You’re so FAIL!

            • wp Says:

              Well no, not really, only two. I like collecting different names. A belated congratulations … that’s lovely 🙂

              I love that link … proper laugh out loud stuff. They can go suck it and you are so fail … brilliant!!

              I also love how this column gets narrower with the number of replies … but will it get to one word per line.

              • wp Says:

                Just testing. Though while I’m here. I was trying to help Mr Skinnner with his crap German … but I’m afraid he got bored far too quickly for my liking …..

              • justwilliam1959 Says:


                you are now 6th in the table of who has posted most comments and you have helped take this post to 3rd overall.

                All in just a few days. So I suppose I should thank the Bishopshalt moose!



        • justwilliam1959 Says:

          Well Mr Skinner is a great bloke and he is also many things, but I never thought shy was one of them LOL

  4. Calvin Paul Says:

    Wow!!! This is very nice post. All picture are very beautiful. I am impressed it. And she is of the best singer in the world.

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