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.
On April 9 1995, Madonna’s Bedtime Story single peaked at number five in Australia, where it stayed in that position for three weeks. It fell out of the top ten in the fifth week, and eventually exited the charts after a total run of nine weeks, falling to 44 on its last week in the charts. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine praised the song, claiming that the song had unfulfilled potential and that it “could have been the next Vogue“.
The digital single was loaded with 15 remixes, including some promo-only cuts never before available commercially:
- Bedtime Story (Edit)
- Bedtime Story (Junior’s Wet Dream Mix)
- Bedtime Story (Junior’s Dreamy Drum Dub)
- Bedtime Story (Orbital Mix)
- Bedtime Story (Junior’s Sound Factory Mix)
- Bedtime Story (Junior’s Single Mix)
- Bedtime Story (Junior’s Sound Factory Mix Edit)
- Bedtime Story (Junior’s Sound Factory Dub)
- Bedtime Story (Junior’s Wet Dream Dub)
- Bedtime Story (Lush Vocal Radio Edit)
- Bedtime Story (Lush Vocal Mix)
- Bedtime Story (Luscious Dub Mix)
- Bedtime Story (Percapella Mix)
- Bedtime Story (Unconscious in the Jungle Mix)
On January 7 1995, Take A Bow slid to #21 on the UK Singles chart after reaching a peak of #16 on December 24th, 1994.
While Take A Bow remains her longest-running #1 hit in the US, its disappointing UK chart performance marked an end to Madonna’s spectacular run of 35 consecutive top-ten UK singles from 1984’s Like A Virgin to 1994’s Secret. Take a bow, indeed!
On January 5 1995, the lead single from Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album, Secret, was certified gold in the USA for shipment of 500,000 units.
The images in this post are for the UK Secret cassette single.