It could have been the biggest missed opportunity in music history. With no time to film a video, Madonna was scouting around for extra material to help support the final US single from her Like A Prayer album, Keep It Together. When she alighted on the song Vogue, she ended up creating a cultural moment far beyond anyone’s expectations.
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The recording: Little did anyone realise what they had created
Shep Pettibone had remixed the 12” versions of the singles True Blue and Causing A Commotion, but Vogue was the first song the “Queen Of Pop” would write and record with him. There was little time and budget for the track, with Pettibone laying down a backing instrumental and Madonna recording the lyrics in a New York City studio. It wasn’t until the cut was delivered to the label that anyone realised what they had created.
With Vogue ringing in their ears, it was decided that Keep It Together would have to stand on its own (with a Soul II Soul-inspired swingbeat remix, the song peaked at No.8 in the US). Meanwhile, Vogue was prepared for release as a single in its own right.