Go Deep

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"Go Deep"
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Single by Janet Jackson
from the album The Velvet Rope
Released June 15, 1998 (1998-06-15)
Format
Recorded March–June 1997
Genre
Length 4:42
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jimmy Jam
  • Terry Lewis
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"I Get Lonely"
(1998)
"Go Deep"
(1998)
"Luv Me, Luv Me"
(1998)
"I Get Lonely"
(1998)
"Go Deep"
(1998)
"Luv Me, Luv Me"
(1998)

"Go Deep" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997). It was written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with additional writing by René Elizondo, Jr. The song was released as the fourth single from the album on June 15, 1998, by Virgin Records. A song with funk elements, "Go Deep" lyrically talks about Jackson's desire to cruise a club, get a man and take him home to make the man "scream and moan". Official remixes for the song were released, featuring Missy Elliott, Teddy Riley and Timbaland.

"Go Deep" received mixed reviews by music critics, who found the song irresistible, while others called it tedious. Commercially it fared well worldwide, peaking within the top twenty in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, while being successful on the US Hot Dance Club Play, reaching number one. A music video directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris depicts Ty Hodges having a daydream with Jackson giving a party in his house after his parents had left town for the weekend. The singer performed the song on the 1998 The Velvet Rope Tour and as a dedication at the Manila stop during the Number Ones, Up Close and Personal tour in 2011.

Background and composition[edit]

During her Janet World Tour, Jackson experienced an emotional breakdown, stemming from self-hatred, childhood humiliation, physical abuse, and distorted body image.[1] She stated, "I was very, very sad. Very down. I couldn't get up sometimes. There were times when I felt very hopeless and helpless, and I felt like walls were kind of closing in on me".[2] Jackson expressed concern for how she could portray an object of fantasy, feeling as if she could no longer fulfill her own desires.[3] While talking to her official fanclub, Jackson stated,

"Dancing is therapy. I love writing and singing songs that make you move, lift your mood and take you out of yourself. There are times when I call up my friends and say, 'Hey, we gotta go dancing tonight.' We Go Deep is about getting ready and getting down. Tripping out on pure fun".[4]

"Go Deep" was written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with additional writing by René Elizondo, Jr. Lyrically, the song talks about Jackson's desire to cruise a club, get a man, drag him home and do him, with her insisting, "Gotta take him home/When I get him alone/I'll make him scream and moan".[5][6] Musically, it is a pop song with funk elements.[7] It was described by Billboard as a "danceable track with deep, syncopated beats" with a "pulsive erotic groover", with her vocals performed in a "girlish breathiness".[8][9][10] Official remixes for the song were released, featuring Missy Elliott, Teddy Riley and Timbaland.[7]

Reception[edit]

"Go Deep" received mixed reviews from music critics. Larry Flick from Billboard called the song "infectious" and "irresistible", while praising the singer's choice for the artists featured on the remix, saying that she deserved "props for having good taste in friends", although he noted that it was "a risky move that could alienate longtime mainstream listeners".[7] Sarah Davis from Dotmusic website noted that "Go Deep" was a "finely-tuned piece designed for late-night dancefloor business - and classic radio. What more can I say? Brilliant!".[11] Daryl Easlea from BBC found the song "sleek, slippery".[12] The Daily Vault gave a negative review for the song, calling it "tedious" and further commenting that it "doesn't have that drive to make it a good club number it's supposed to be".[13]

Although "Go Deep" was released as an international single, it received radio airplay in the US and had success as a club single, peaking at number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart in early August 1998. The single entered and peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1998 and spent five weeks on the chart. It also charted inside the top forty in most other European countries and Australia, but fared better in the US and Canada.

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video for "Go Deep" was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and released in July 1998. American actor Ty Hodges makes a cameo appearance as a teen boy whose parents have left town for the weekend. The doorbell suddenly rings and it turns out to be Jackson and her dancers, who are asked to be let in. Jackson and company invite more friends over and a large house party ensues. The video ends with the young boy realizing it was all an elaborate daydream with Jackson, woken up by a pizza guy ringing the doorbell played by the then-unknown Bill Hader. The video was ranked number 50 on Complex magazine's "The 50 Best R&B Videos of the '90s".[14] It also appears on the DVD edition of 2001's All for You as well as the 2004 video compilation From Janet to Damita Jo: The Videos.[15][16]

Live performances[edit]

Jackson sang the song during the encore of her The Velvet Rope Tour in 1998, with the stage decorated with chandeliers, while she wore sensible clothes.[17] During her 2011 Number Ones, Up Close and Personal tour, Jackson dedicated the song to her fans in Manila, stating on her website "I dedicate 'Go Deep' to all my fans in Manila. It was a dream for me to start my Number Ones—Up Close and Personal tour in your magical city and country. There is a truth in the Philippines that enchants people all over the world. I can't wait to get there and be with you.".[18] The song was also used during the DJ Intermission on the 2015-2016 Unbreakable World Tour & the 2017 State of the World Tour.

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[31] 39
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[32] 15
Canada (RPM)[33] 2
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[34] 28
France (SNEP)[35] 22
Germany (Official German Charts)[36] 72
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[37] 38
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[38] 13
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[39] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[40] 13
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[41] 3
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[42] 28
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[43] 12
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[44] 11
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[45] 12
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[46] 1

References[edit]

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  6. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,289747,00.html
  7. ^ a b c Billboard 13 jun. 1998, p. 23, at Google Books
  8. ^ "Love Can Get Complicated (Ouch!)". New York Times. October 7, 1997. 
  9. ^ Billboard 6 sep. 1997, p. 121, at Google Books
  10. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, p. 411, at Google Books
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  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/pnhf
  13. ^ http://dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=342
  14. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2013/03/the-50-best-rb-videos-of-the-90s/janet-jackson-go-deep
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  18. ^ http://www.pep.ph/celeb/23822/janet-jackson-to-go-deep-in-manila-on-february-4/1/1
  19. ^ Janet Jackson Go Deep Europe 5" CD SINGLE (200120)
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  21. ^ Janet* - Go Deep (Remixes)
  22. ^ Janet Jackson Go Deep USA Promo 5" CD SINGLE (117469)
  23. ^ Janet Jackson Go Deep USA Promo 5" CD SINGLE (118182)
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  25. ^ Janet Jackson - Go Deep (Roni Size Remix)
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  29. ^ Janet Jackson - Go Deep
  30. ^ Janet Jackson Go Deep Japan 5" CD SINGLE (213304)
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  39. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
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