Today in Madonna History: July 23, 1985

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On July 23 1985, Into The Groove was released as a single in the UK.

Not wanting to draw more attention away from the Like A Virgin album following the release of the soundtrack hit Crazy For You, Sire/Warner notoriously relegated Into The Groove to the b-side of the Angel 12″ single in North America & Australia, although they eventually ceded to issuing it as an A-side in most other international territories.

Into The Groove was written & produced by Madonna & Stephen Bray and was their first released co-production to not be reworked by an outside producer (the pair had already been producing their own demos for years). The original demo version was used over the closing credits of Desperately Seeking Susan (seemingly dubbed from an actual cassette copy of the demo–granted, DAT’s were still a few years away), and although the commercially released mix featured a slightly beefed-up and more polished-sounding musical backing track, it kept Madonna’s original demo vocals intact.

In the UK, and throughout most of Europe, the single was backed by the Madonna-penned ballad Shoo-Bee-Doo, while the original album version of Everybody (another song credited to her alone) rounded out the 12″ single…it would be fair to assume that Madonna likely earned some of the biggest single-generated songwriting royalty cheques of her career thus far with this release. It’s interesting to note that despite being one of Madonna’s most enduring dance floor classics, no remixes were produced for Into The Groove at the time of its release. It wasn’t until 1987’s You Can Dance remix compilation that the song finally received an official extended remix treatment.

3 thoughts on “Today in Madonna History: July 23, 1985

  1. I’ve always preferred the demo version of “Into The Groove” used in “Desperately Seeking Susan.” Amazingly, however, out of the gazillions of demos and bootlegs of M’s songs that I have tracked down via the ‘net over the years, the original demo of ITG I have never been able to find. I finally just ripped an mp3 from the DSS DVD — and now my collection is complete!

    • I had to do the same, Robert! I actually don’t think very many fans clued in to the fact that the version from DSS was the demo. I only realized it myself around 4 or 5 years ago. I always just thought it sounded different because the DSS audio is mono (which is kind of strange in itself), but then one day I noticed it was indeed a different mix, and then I read that it was the demo and that made perfect sense.

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