With its striking music video, empowering lyrics and a middle eight section name-checking some of the biggest stars to ever grace the silver screen, Madonna’s song Vogue had all the makings of an instant hit.
It’s now been 30 years since she released the track, which reached number one in more than 30 countries and gave the Queen of Pop a brand new signature tune.
But despite being a song that’s now recognised all over the world – and still has everyone recreating those famous moves – there’s a lot you probably don’t know about Vogue.
So. Don’t just stand there. Let’s get to it.
1. Vogue was actually never meant to be a single
Madonna actually hooked up with music producer Shep Pettibone – who had previously remixed a number of her songs – to create a B-side for the Like A Prayer cut, Keep It Together (not even a track that particularly stands out in the star’s back catalogue, either).
It was only when she played the track for her label that it ended up being made a single in its own right.
2. Because they thought they were only making a B-side, Madonna and Shep were more focussed on having fun in the studio, rather than trying to create a hit
“We were just after a fun club record,” Shep told Entertainment Weekly a few weeks after Vogue topped the charts. “But when the record company bigwigs heard it, they said, ’This is a number one smash record. Let’s not put it on a B-side and lose it.”
3. It might be one of her biggest hits, but it came from one of Madonna’s most forgotten albums
In 1990, Madonna starred opposite then-boyfriend Warren Beatty in Disney’s adaptation of Dick Tracy, and also teamed up with Stephen Sondheim and frequent collaborator Patrick Leonard to create a soundtrack album inspired by her character, Breathless Mahoney.
When her label heard Vogue for the first time, they decided to tack it on the end of the album, I’m Breathless, which is why it sounds so distinctly different from the musical theatre-inspired tracks that precede it.
4. She was inspired to write the song after seeing the House of Xtravaganza performing in a nightclub
“I’ve been very inspired [by New York],” Madonna told iHeartRadio last year, while reflecting on her career. “The song Vogue was inspired by walking into a nightclub and seeing the Xtravaganza crew voguing. And I was like ‘woah, what the hell is that?’. It was just the most amazing thing.”
5. But Madonna wasn’t actually the first to try and bring voguing into the pop scene
A year earlier, Malcolm McClaren (yes, the former Sex Pistols manager) paid homage to the ballroom scene with the single Deep In Vogue, which topped the US dance charts.
The track was co-produced by William Orbit, who would later go on to work with Madonna on her albums Ray Of Light, Music and MDNA, even earning the singer her very first Grammy for Ray Of Light.
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