In Tune – The Naked Truth
When is the last time you sang a song naked? In the shower this morning? Was it while you were getting dressed for work? Perhaps you were humming something peaceful in bed last night, with no clothes on.
You've done it. We all have. None of us are dressed right around the clock. And if you're reading this column, you probably like music too.
So if I can sing naked, and you can sing naked, then pretty much anyone else can too.
Miley Cyrus is certainly not the first music star to do a song in her birthday suit.
Rihanna spent three minutes and 40 seconds in a bath for this year's big hit song, Stay. Alanis Morrisette was naked in the video for Thank You.
Many other rockstars kept their clothes on and had other people drop their kit for them.
Led Zeppelin's 1973 album Houses of the Holy depicts 11 naked children on the cover. It was in fact a photoshopped collage of a young brother and sister, duplicated in post-production. Regardless, it caused much controversy and still feels sinister.
You're likely to feel a lot more at ease with naked adults on the cover… Jimi Hendrix had no problem with them at all. The cover to 1968's Electric Ladyland shows a naked woman lounging in front of a black background.
Being buck-naked was clearly a trend in that liberal decade. John Lennon and Yoko Ono also showed us more than we needed to see with 1968's Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins. Lovely music. Didn't need the mental picture though.
Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music issued an album in 1974, Country Life, featuring two beautiful models. Ferry had met both on holiday and subsequently hired them to pose in see-through bathing suits for his band's next LP. Ah, the life of a rockstar!
The list of nudity in modern music is longer than Gene Simmon's tongue. And I've decided to skip over Madonna's SEX book because I haven't had lunch yet.
The point is this: Miley's naked bum on a wrecking ball video is not new. The only alarming part is that of all the things in the world to lick, she chose a sledgehammer.
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