- Bad Girl (song)
Name = Bad Girl
Artist = Madonna
from Album = Erotica
B-side = "Fever" (US/Japan)
"Erotica" (William Orbit Edit) (Europe)
February 28, 1993(U.K.)
March 11, 1993(U.S.)
Format = CD, 7", 12"
Genre = Pop/
Length = 5:23
Label = Maverick, Sire,
Writer = Madonna
Producer = Madonna
Last single = "
Deeper and Deeper"
This single = "Bad Girl"
Next single = "Fever"
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Erotica
Type = Studio
prev_track = "Where Life Begins"
prev_no = 5
this_track = "Bad Girl"
track_no = 6
next_track = "Waiting"
next_no = 7
The single marked a shift in fortunes for Madonna, as it was only her second single since
1984not to chart in the top twenty in the US, stalling at thirty-six on the Billboard 100. In the UK, it managed to reach number ten, and it peaked at number five in Canada. The B-side of the US 7" release was Madonna's cover of "Fever" while the B-side of the UK 7" release was a William Orbitdub of "Erotica".
Madonna performed "Bad Girl" live on "
Saturday Night Live" in January 1993. At the end of the song she tore up a picture of Joey Buttafuoco, telling the audience to "fight the real enemy!" This was a spoof of Sinéad O'Connor's controversial SNL appearance a few months earlier in which she had done the same to a picture of Pope John Paul II.
A demo version of the song (titled "Cheat") leaked on the internet in late November 2007 - see
The Rain Tapes.
The storyline in the video was influenced by the book and film "
Looking for Mr. Goodbar". It features Madonna as "Louise Oriole," a high-powered Manhattan female executive who is an alcoholicand has a penchant for one-night stands with many different men (from affluent yuppies to shady low lifes). She behaves this way in order to try to deal with her depression and sadness over a relationship with someone she loves deeply, but ultimately has no future. Through her days, Louise gets distracted by cigarettes, cocktails, and random hook-ups, as lamented in the song's lyrics. Christopher Walkenplays her guardian angel, who watches over her activities and delivers Louise with a "kiss of death" before her final encounter with a man who strangles her with her pantyhose. The video is considered a masterpiece that resembled more a short film than a music video.
It was directed by
David Fincherand filmed in New York Cityfrom January 12-18, 1993. Madonna's look in the video is reminiscent of her character in the film "Body of Evidence", which had just been released.
*Director: David Fincher
*Producer: Oliver Fuselier
*Director of Photography: Juan Ruiz-Anchia
*Editor: Bob Jenkis
*Production Company: Propaganda Films
It is worth noting that the name "Louise" is Madonna's middle name. She previously had gone by the nickname "Lulu" as well, which she stated in an interview with
Carrie Fisherthat she used to register for hotel stays.
US CD Maxi-Single
#"Bad Girl" (Edit)
#"Fever" (Murk Boys Miami Mix)
#"Fever" (Extended 12")
#"Bad Girl" (Extended Mix)
#"Fever" (Murk Boys Deep South Mix)
#"Fever" (Hot Sweat 12")
# "Bad Girl" (Edit) 4:37
# "Bad Girl" (Album Version) 5:23
# "Bad Girl" (Video Instrumental) 6:03
# "Bad Girl" (Video Version) 6:03
# "Bad Girl" (Extended Mix) 6:29
# "Bad Girl" (Drum 'n Maddy Mix) 8:00
* [http://www.mad-eyes.net/disco/erotica/bad-girl.htm Mad-eyes.net - "Bad Girl" Single Page] - last accessed on
October 24, 2005
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