Madonna likes to keep her finger on the pulse. The diva has always
had a fine sense of what is in vogue and what is not. No wonder she
teamed with hot model/singer Nick Kamen after he shot to fame in 1986.
Stripping down to his white boxers, Kamen gained worldwide notoriety
in 1985 when he appeared in the famous (and very gay) laundrette
commercial for Levi's.
Madonna picked up on the hype surrounding the advertisment and admitted in a BBC radio interview in 1986 that she was inspired by Kamen's "charisma" and "beautiful voice." She volunteered to write and produce the song "Each Time You Break My Heart" for Kamen. Madonna also makes a cameo in the song, singing background vocals in the bridge of the song towards the end.
The song's production is identical to the sound Madonna put out at the time of "True Blue" in 1986 with its (computerized) rhythm section and punchy synth bass. Madonna's involvement is obvious when you compare the instrumentation of "Open Your Heart" to "Each Time You Break My Heart."
Check out the original video for the song. Also stream the very entertaining, 37 minute
BBC radio interview with Madonna that starts out with the singer describing
how she got involved with Kamen. After that she talks about her upbringing, the importance of discipiline and her marriage to Sean Penn. If you interested to learn more about Nick Kamen, you can visit his web site with photos, audio clips and more.