“Angel,” the third single off Madonna’s 1984 sophomore studio album, Like a Virgin, never got the respect—or radio play—it deserved. Overshadowed by the LP’s first two singles, “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl,” the song has fallen very much into obscurity. Until now.
Brooklyn-based queer rockers The Dead Betties have covered the track—with a punkier spin of course. The track’s twinkling synths have been replaced with groaning electric guitars and storming drums, but the poppy, sweetness of the lyrics remains intact, if not for a little added spice. In keeping with the band’s DIY aesthetic, the guerrilla cinema style video features five classic Madonnas taking on New York.
The Dead Betties’ “Angel” is one of three covers of their latest EP, The Way We Live Now. The band’s put their take on Britney’s “Lucky” and Babes in Toyland’s “Blood," each of which is a gem in its own right. The band is currently working on their next album.
The Way We Live Now is out now.