On April 13 1995, Bedtime Story was released by Maverick/Sire as the third single from the album Bedtime Stories in North America. The song was written by Björk, Nellee Hooper & Marius DeVries and produced by Madonna & Nellee Hooper. In both the U.S. and Canada the single and CD maxi-single were backed by the album opener, Survival.
The commercial maxi-single featured remixes by Junior Vasquez and Orbital. Additional promo-only remixes by Mark Picchiotti & Teri Bristol were also later serviced promotionally to clubs.
Bedtime Story was released in the UK in February following a poor reception to the album’s second single, Take A Bow.
It was the opposite situation in North America, where the third single was delayed for several months due to the prolonged chart-topping reign of Bow. Bedtime Story‘s more experimental, minimalist sound failed to gain traction on U.S. radio but did earn Madonna another #1 hit on the Hot Dance/Club chart.
As the writing of Survival indicates, Madonna has had many harrowing experiences in her life!
Bedtime Story was completely overshadowed by Take A Bow in the US. But even if that weren’t the case, it’s hard to imagine Bedtime Story ever doing well on radio or the Billboard Charts. It was just too far out there. Personally, I never really warmed-up to the song, but the video was amazing. I think it’s another case of the song not working without the video. Oh, Father was another example of that.