All-Time Best Parties: Madonna's Bedtime Bash

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Here's part two of my "Best and Worst Parties I've Ever Been To" series:


THE BEST

Madonna's "Bedtime Story" party at Webster Hall in 1995


This was a 40-minute, invite-only bash where Junior Vasquez DJ'd, Madonna's five-million-dollar "Bedtime Story" video was premiered, and our star emerged in slinky nightwear to read a children's book called Miss Spider's Tea Party to the panting crowd of Joe Boxer wearers.

This was at a time when Madonna was reasonably playful in all of her artfully carried off gimmickry. She was the biggest star in the world at this point, and an invite to this event made you privy to something way more culturally arresting and glowingly theatrical than the usual crass commerciality I got invited to every night.

And it was all shot for MTV! In fact, the telecast ended with VJ Downtown Julie Brown interviewing yours truly, all dolled up in PJs and a teddy bear, about how intoxicating the whole thing was. DJs, VJs, and PJs! Everything but a BJ!

Anyway, as calculated a marketing tool as this was, the whole thing proved kooky and engaging--a real New York moment, and more fun than the Sex book party Madge threw three years earlier.

(At that one, I was one of the few revelers who dressed up! I was dolled up as the Pope, with a ripped-in-half photo of Sinead O'Connor hanging from my neck.)

There was something much edgier and titillating about Madonna reading from a children's book than hawking a sex book.

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10 comments
Parker
Parker

I always thought anything that hyped probably would be that much fun in reality. It sounded better on paper.

Mark
Mark

not mention Judy and Liza were there, too as well as an ailing Dorothy Parker. 

Penelope Tree
Penelope Tree

I'm much too young to have attended, as I'm positive you are too MM, but I've always thought that Capote's Black & White Ball, at The Plaza, sounds like it must have been a romp, and a half - a shindig to end all galas. Frank & Mia, Candy Bergen, Lee Radziwill,Sammy, Lauren Bacall, C.Z. Guest, Babe Paley, Andy Warhol, Tallulah Bankhead. Where are the parties like that ?

latenitebump
latenitebump

junior, this is madonna! did her and junior kiss and make up?

DJ
DJ

They didn't show her sucking cock. All the kiddies would be shocked. Nah

Marrytheflop
Marrytheflop

And they said the same negative things about her then as well.

FredsterNYC©
FredsterNYC©

This was a fun party. Webster Hall was so much fun back then. Weds & Fridays in the balcony.

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

".....to England where I can have my tea and crumpets in peace!"

NYCtrannie
NYCtrannie

I loved it when some queen yelled out "You Go Girl"  and she replied .... "if you don't shut the fuck up,  I will go ! "

Gcndc
Gcndc

I seem to remember her yelling at the crowd to shut up while she was trying to read the book because no one could hear her.  I loved that part!

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