On May 9 2020, Stephen Bray posted this message in celebration of the 31st anniversary of Madonna’s Express Yourself single:
So many great memories — from recording the demo tracks and vocals at the home studio in Sherman Oaks to all the great players (Pat Leonard, Randy Jackson, and many others) at Pat’s studio in Burbank. Thank you Madonna for bringing so much spirited fire to the lead — and for forcing me to sing the bass part I’d earmarked for Levi Stubbs! The genius of Bill Bottrell raised the ante and it just kept getting better with Shep Pettibone’s amazing remix and David Fincher’s Metropolis music video. Happy 31st Birthday, Express Yourself!
Express Yourself is a brilliant solidarity anthem! I love Madonna!
Love that Stephen still has kind things to say about M. So many people have turned on her for being “Lost in the dust”. Really wish M would give back some love to the others that put her where she is now.