Today in Madonna History: October 20, 1992

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On October 20 1992, Madonna’s fifth studio album, “Erotica” was released by Maverick Records.

Music critic Sal Cinquemani commented on the album’s impact:

By 1992, Madonna was an icon—untouchable, literally and figuratively—and Erotica was the first time the artist’s music took on a decidedly combative, even threatening tone, and most people didn’t want to hear it. Erotica’s irrefutable unsexiness probably says more about the sex=death mentality of the early ’90s than any other musical document of its time. This is not Madonna at her creative zenith. This is Madonna at her most important, at her most relevant. No one else in the mainstream at that time dared to talk about sex, love, and death with such frankness and fearlessness.

Today In Madonna History: February 27, 1993

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On February 27, 1993, “Bad Girl” hit #36 in the USA, becoming Madonna’s first single to miss the top 20 and breaking her streak of 27 consecutive top 20 hits that started with “Holiday“, in 1983.

Bad Girl is the only single release off of Madonna’s Erotica album that she did not perform on her The Girlie Show World Tour of 1993.