One name, seven letters. So fraught with meaning, with memories for so many. Still going, if not necessarily strong, but going nonetheless. Still releasing music, some 30 years after her first song, “Everybody” was a dance club hit. When or if she decides that she doesn’t want to make music anymore, she will be mentioned alongside David Bowie in terms of how her image helped to define her music.
From her first early peak period, today’s song was released in the wake of her Like A Virgin album, which rocketed her to the top of the pop heap. Featured on the soundtrack to the movie Desperately Seeking Susan in which she had a pivotal part, “Into The Groove” is today’s Morning Groove.
Written by Madonna and Stephen Bray, “Into The Groove” remains one of Madonna’s best dance singles. Interestingly, the song was ineligible to chart on the Hot 100, Billboard’s Pop chart, due to the rules at the time. Those rules prohibited songs that were released on the B-side of singles (“Into The Groove” was released on the B-side of Madonna’s maxi-single for her hit “Angel”) to make the chart. Nevertheless, “Into The Groove,” co-listed with “Angel” hit #1 on the Dance charts, and made the R&B top 20. It was also cited as the best dance single of the 1980s, according to the same Billboard magazine. Further, on her remix album You Can Dance, the song was given an amazing remix by DJ/producer Shep Pettibone that enhanced the song’s appeal even further, at least for me.
The video for the song, having been played seemingly non-stop on video shows at the time, features clips from Madonna’s movie debut, Desperately Seeking Susan. It also shows Madonna dancing in a nightclub as part of the scenes. Back then I always wanted to be in that club, dancing with Madonna. It looked like so much fun. In those days, Madonna songs featured lots of dancing, and it was reported that she always wanted to be a dancer. What “Into The Groove” proved to be was another step on the rung to her becoming the biggest female pop star of the decade, and an icon for years to come. Though I have to admit I have long stopped following Madonna’s music as intently as I once did back in the day, it is admirable to see her still releasing music, even if it doesn’t rule the pop world like it once did.
So, get “Into The Groove” this Monday morning! Share your thoughts and memories about Madonna in the comments, if you so choose. I hope you enjoy today’s song, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.