Rescue Me (Madonna song)

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"Rescue Me"
Single by Madonna
from the album The Immaculate Collection
B-side "Spotlight" (UK)
Released February 26, 1991 (U.S.)
April 7, 1991 (UK)
Format CD, 12", cassette single, 7"
Recorded August 1990: Axis Recording Studios (New York City, New York)
Genre Dance-pop, house
Length 5:31 (album version)
4:51 (radio edit)
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Madonna singles chronology
"Justify My Love"
(1990)
"Rescue Me"
(1991)
"This Used to Be My Playground"
(1992)

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"Rescue Me" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was written and produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone who had previously collaborated on the number one single "Vogue" (1990) and would collaborate again on the studio album Erotica (1992).

It was the second single to be released from her 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection on February 26, 1991 by Sire Records. It was the album's third single in the United Kingdom in April 1991. The single placed within the top-five in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. According to The Official Charts Company, "Rescue Me" has sold 134,767 copies in the United Kingdom as of August 2008.[2]

In the United States, it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles survey at number 15 the week of March 2, 1991 and eventually placed at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA on May 24, 1991.[3]

No music video was filmed for the single, instead a compilation of footage from the 1987 Who's That Girl World Tour was used from the 1988 home video release Ciao, Italia! – Live from Italy.

Background[edit]

In the United States, "Rescue Me" was released as the second single from The Immaculate Collection on February 26, 1991. However, in the UK, a remix of "Crazy for You" was released as the second single in February 1991, so the release of "Rescue Me" was pushed back until April 1991. The artwork for the UK was changed due to the fact that the same image for the North American release had been used on the "Crazy for You" single, so a photograph by Jean-Baptiste Mondino was used instead.[4]

Some of the remixes for "Rescue Me" include vocal samples from other Madonna songs. The Houseboat Vocal includes the "Hey" said by Madonna, followed by "What!" said by the back-up singers, from the single "True Blue", in the beginning of the remix. The S.O.S. Mix includes the "Watch out" from the beginning of the single "Open Your Heart", but it is transposed down and distorted. The Titanic Vocal and Demanding Dub include the "So now what?" sample taken from the single "Justify My Love". The Demanding Dub also includes a sample of "Ladies" from the single "Vogue".

A video of live footage clips from her Who's That Girl World Tour, filmed three-and-half years previously, was used to promote the single. Despite the song's success, Madonna has never performed it live on any of her tours.

In an interview with website Madonna Tribe, Tony Shimkin, who co-wrote seven songs from Erotica, claimed in October 2012 that he co-wrote "Rescue Me" along with Madonna and Pettibone but never received credit for it.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard called this song a "worthy sensual".[5] Sputnik Music's Nick Buttler gave this song 4 out of 5: "More of the same as Justify My Love, just not as good. It's a shame that this ends the album rather than Justify My Love, but that's the way it goes, I suppose."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Rescue Me" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles survey at number 15 the week of March 2, 1991, and was one of the first singles in the 1990s that would debut at such a high position due to heavy pre-sales airplay. It was the highest debut for a single on the Hot 100 since Michael Jackson debuted at number 20 the week of February 11, 1984 with "Thriller". "Rescue Me" reached the top-five in airplay. However, by the time the single was commercially available, the song had already peaked at radio and eventually placed at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA on May 24, 1991.[3]

Elsewhere in the world, "Rescue Me" placed within the top-five in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. According to The Official Charts Company, "Rescue Me" has sold 134,767 copies in the United Kingdom as of August 2008.[2] It also peaked at number three in Europe.

Cover versions[edit]

The 2000 compilation album Virgin Voices: A Tribute to Madonna, Vol. 2 contains a cover by Adeva.

Track listing[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Madonna Tribe meets Tony Shimkin". Madonna Tribe. 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2014-23-01. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Alan (2008-08-19). "The Immaculate Guide To 50 Years Of Madonna". Music Week (UBM plc). Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  3. ^ a b Madonna database, riaa.com
  4. ^ Rescue Me (Media notes). Madonna. Sire Records, WEA Records UK. 1991. W0024T, 9362-40074-0.
  5. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/madonna/albumguide
  6. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/1477/Madonna-The-Immaculate-Collection/
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Madonna - Rescue Me (song)". Australian Recording Industry Association. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 53, No. 17, March 30 1991". RPM. March 30, 1991. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  9. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Radio 538. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Chartverfolgung – Madonna" (in German). Media Control Charts. Musicline.de. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  11. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. April 04, 1991. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  12. ^ "Madonna: Discografia Italiana" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. 1984-1999. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  13. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Rescue Me by Madonna Search". The Official Charts Company. 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Madonna > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  15. ^ "Madonna-Rescue Me-Single Certification". Recording Industry Association of America. 

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