On April 3 1993, Fever entered the UK Singles Chart at its peak position of number-six. Without the support of a proper music video at the time of its release (Warner UK instead issued a rarely seen compilation video of previous clips), the single spent only six weeks on the UK charts, dropping to number-seven the following week.
Strangely, Madonna did eventually decide to film a video for the song in late April – nearly a month after its release in Europe. By the time the video premiered during the second week of May, Fever was spending its final week on the UK Singles Chart.
In North America the remixes for Fever had been issued commercially on Madonna’s previous international single, Bad Girl. Fever was also serviced to clubs as a promotional single in its own right, but it was not promoted to radio despite the video being added to into rotation on MTV and MuchMusic. While the release of the music video managed to coincide with Fever’s single week atop the Hot Dance/Club Play chart, its number-one status had already been confirmed several days prior to the clip’s debut, making the video’s intended purpose and the timing of its release all the more puzzling.
Leave it to Madonna to turn Fever into the Dance/Pop/Rock classic that it is!
I was crushed when this only hit #51 in Aus then crushed again after forking out $10 for the CD single which was a damn lot for a teen with just pocket money to then find out the video version (edit 1) wasn’t on the single. I think I watched the video every morning before high school for about 3mths.
I hope she releases Fever and Bad Girl on th’ music platforms with th’ video edits. Her mixes are the best, however, i didn’t like the mixes on the maxi single for Fever or Bye Bye Baby. The live versions and video versions were the best.