Today In Madonna History: July 15, 1995

On July 15 1995, Madonna’s Human Nature single peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

Human Nature was written and produced by Madonna and Dave Hall, with its bass and percussion parts sampled from the track What You Need by Main Source.

The North American Human Nature single was backed with the album version of Sanctuary, which was produced by Madonna & Dallas Austin with additional remixing by Nellee Hooper.

Sanctuary was originally written by Anne Preven and Scott Cutler of the short-lived 90’s band, Ednaswap, best known for Nathalie Imbruglia’s cover of their original song, Torn. Madonna was passed a demo tape of Sanctuary by a friend of Preven and Cutler, who heard an early version of it and thought “Madonna would love this song!” Madonna’s version came out before Ednaswap had even signed a record deal, and the song deviated significantly from the demo. Preven originally thought Madonna had ruined the song, going so far as meeting with Madonna to plead for changes. However, upon hearing the song as part of the whole album, Preven had a change of heart and “understood what [Madonna] was going for.”

The most significant change was Austin and Madonna’s interpolation of Sanctuary with an instrumental demo Austin had created which centers around a looped sample from Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man (the funk-based arrangement from his 1973 album, Head Hunters). Madonna also provided additional lyrical and melodic contributions.

While Austin’s instrumental demo that was worked in to Sanctuary later leaked to the internet, Ednaswap did not release their own version of the song and their original demo recording has yet to surface online.

 

Today in Madonna History: June 6, 1995

 

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On June 6 1995, Madonna’s Human Nature single was released in physical formats.

Human Nature was the fourth single to be released from her Bedtime Stories album. The song was written and produced by Madonna and Dave Hall.

The b-side for Human Nature was Sanctuary (on the CD and cassette single).

The Human Nature CD maxi-single released in Australia, Canada and the USA contained the following remixes:

  1. Human Nature (Radio Edit of the Human Club Mix) – 4:09
  2. Human Nature (Runway Club Mix Radio Edit) – 3:58
  3. Human Nature (Runway Club Mix) – 8:18
  4. Human Nature (I’m Not Your Bitch Mix) – 8:10
  5. Human Nature (Howie Tee Remix) – 4:47
  6. Human Nature (Howie Tee Clean Remix) – 4:46
  7. Human Nature (Radio Version) – 4:30
  8. Human Nature (Bottom Heavy Dub) – 8:08
  9. Human Nature (Love is the Nature Mix)

What is your favourite remix of Human Nature? 

Today in Madonna History: May 29, 1995

On May 29 1995, Alek Keshishian filmed Madonna in a Japanese television commercial for Takara, a shochu or Japanese sake manufacturer. The sake, called Jun Legend, was made by blending two types of alcohol distilled from barley and corn and aging them in charred oak barrels for one to five years. Takara’s claim was that the sake tasted similar to whiskey.

Madonna wrote and sang the commercial’s jingle, which featured the lyrics: “How can I be pure, when all the strength I have is breaking me? How can I be sure, where is this road I’ve chosen taking me? I’m pure. Jun Legend.”

 

Today in Madonna History: May 7, 1995

On May 7 1995, Madonna’s Bedtime Story debuted at #40 in New Zealand. The single peaked at #38 the following week and then left the charts after three weeks.

Today in Madonna History: April 22, 1995

On April 22 1995, Bedtime Story debuted at number 72 on the US Billboard Hot 100, on the issue dated April 22, 1995. One week later, the song peaked at number 42, becoming the first Madonna single since Burning Up (1983) to miss the top 40.

Today In Madonna History: March 15, 1995

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On March 15 1995, Madonna signed on to star as the late Eva Peron in film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical Evita.

Today In Madonna History: March 1, 1995

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On March 1 1995, Madonna began to appear in a series of promotional ad campaigns in various North American magazines for Gianni Versace fashions. Photographs by Steven Meisel.

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