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POLL: What should have been the fifth single from "Like a Prayer?"

What should have been "Like a Prayer"'s fifth single?  

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  1. 1. What should have been "Like a Prayer"'s fifth single?

    • Love Song
      6
    • Till Death Do Us Part
      36
    • Promise to Try
      6
    • Dear Jessie / Oh Father (each released in areas where the other had already been released)
      5
    • Keep It Together
      36
    • Spanish Eyes
      33
    • Act of Contrition
      0


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It's 1990. "Like a Prayer" is a smash hit and Madonna is the biggest star in the world. After four hit singles -- "Like a Prayer," "Express Yourself," "Cherish," and "Oh Father" / "Dear Jessie" -- and a major world tour fast approaching, Sire Records has asked you to pick the album's next single release. This will be a major release, complete with music video. What's your choice?

(This was a trickier poll to do since only the first three singles were released worldwide, while "Oh Father," "Dear Jessie" and "Keep it Together" each had limited releases. I decided the best way to do a poll would be to include all three as potential fifth singles.)

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EDIT for further clarity:

  1. "Keep it Together" included as an option because it was only released as a single in the U.S., Japan and Australia (and, in Australia, it was only released as a double-A side with "Vogue"). Most the world saw no fifth single release from the album.
     
  2. "Dear Jessie" and "Oh Father" are listed as options because they were released to different countries as the album's fourth single. The U.S., for example, never saw "Dear Jessie" released a single. Most of Europe didn't see "Oh Father" released until it was dusted off in the 90s to promote "Something to Remember.")

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This thread is ridiculo. 

"Keep it Together" was the 5th single.

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For me, it's gotta be "Keep it Together." It is a killer track and I would DIE to see her in a music video with this amazing late-89 hairstyle:

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Keep it together 

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KIT but only with that stellar/ superior Shep radio remix! Remember hearing it all over the radio. Never ever hear it anymore unfortunately. Um..went top 10 in the US and platinum so it was a single lol. 

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5 minutes ago, Ciccone's Cheeks said:

KIT but only with that stellar/ superior Shep radio remix! Remember hearing it all over the radio. Never ever hear it anymore unfortunately. Um..went top 10 in the US and platinum so it was a single lol. 

shep was on fire with his remixings!!!!

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KIT was the 5th single. At least in America. 

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Reached #8 on Billboard hot 100

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I thought KIT was a single..? Anyway, I voted for Spanish Eyes.

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Remember clearly things got a little dicey after Cherish far as single release (where and when). In Australia for example KIT was a B side to Vogue I believe. Don't think it was ever released in the UK. While the UK got Dear Jessie. US got KIT and again 'that' was basically the beginning of the Shep era which took us into Vogue. Don't have an recollection of hearing the way inferior album version on the radio. Remember how hot and fresh that 'new sound' w/ those signature hard drums and bass Shep pumped out. As usual M was ahead of everything and switched things up with notice versus keeping things 'safe'. I love Breys work to death but KIT album version just was kind of flat and meh. Def needed that amazing tweak up. Sorry...getting off topic ;P lol. 

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Keep It Together WAS a single! What the hell?

I chose This Is Not A Love Song. It would've been a surefire hit for her having Prince on it. 

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1. LAP
2. EY
3. C
4. OF (DJ in Europe)
5. KIT
6. SE
End.

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1 hour ago, dollhouse said:

This thread is ridiculo. 

"Keep it Together" was the 5th single.

 

1 hour ago, runa said:

KIT was the 5th single. At least in America. 

 

1 hour ago, LVX said:

I thought KIT was a single..? Anyway, I voted for Spanish Eyes.

 

49 minutes ago, KalamazooJay said:

Keep It Together WAS a single! What the hell?

I said in the opening post that I was including "DJ," "OF" and "KIT" as options since they each had limited releases. "DJ" and "OF" were released in different areas as the fourth single, so I included them in case people thought the fifth single should be, say, "DJ" in the States and "OF" in Europe.

"KIT" was only released in the U.S. and Japan, and it had a double-A side release with "Vogue" in Australia. The vast majority of the world never saw a fifth single from the album.

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Why did she have limited release all over the place then with Like a Prayer?

 

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KIT & DJ both charted in different countries depending on where it was released.

Guess Spanish Eyes could've been a single as well since fans appear to love it.....

 

 

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TDDUP obviously.

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I thought Spanish Eyes was going to be the official 5th single ? 

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2 minutes ago, Confessit said:

Why did she have limited release all over the place then with Like a Prayer?

There are a few stories about M pushing the label for "Oh Father"'s released, but I don't know why the label would limit it to certain areas while pushing "Dear Jessie" elsewhere -- I'd guess it's just what the label thought was best :dazed:

"Keep it Together" was clearly a rush release to support the album in the States after "OF" fizzled. (But then, of course, the label dropped "KIT" almost immediately for "Vogue.") Why not release "KIT" worldwide? I don't know the answer to this either :dazed: :dazed:

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KIT WAS the official 5th and final single from LAP. the End.

You should've asked the 6th single which would have been SE.

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This is a hard one.  Like a Prayer is so brilliant and personal but singles are hard to pick due to them being extremely personal.  The first 3 singles were obvious and they had mass appeal to both fans and the General public.  I loved O'h Father as the fourth single and am taking that out of the equation.  Dear Jessie has grown on me so much over the years and I now appreciate it's innocence and intricate musical backing.  Promise to Try is a song that can bring people to tears ( happens to me a lot  with that song ) but speaks completely to people who have experienced losing their mother young more than other people.  

So I am going for Till Death do us part.  Completely before it's time with the devastating lyrics of domestic violence jarring with the almost carefree delivery.  Incredible song.  

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As many said, KIT was very much a single. Ignoring that, I would go with TDDUP. I honestly think LAP is one of those albums where they picked all of the obvious singles, but TDDUP has always been a favorite. As far as confessional/personal singles go, it might have done better than OF.

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"But [insert title] was a single!".

Some people don't read :IMG_1564:

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3 hours ago, vocalism said:

As many said, KIT was very much a single. Ignoring that, I would go with TDDUP. I honestly think LAP is one of those albums where they picked all of the obvious singles, but TDDUP has always been a favorite. As far as confessional/personal singles go, it might have done better than OF.

In Encyclopedia Madonnaica it says that David Fincher was the one who begged Madonna to release Oh Father as a single because he wanted to direct a video for it so badly.

My guess is that either Spanish Eyes or TDDUP were originally planned as single in place of Oh Father. Including TDDUP AND Holiday as b-sides to Dear Jessie always seemed very odd to me. I can totally see why Holiday would be included (although Santa Baby would have been much smarter given that the single was released around the Holiday season) but TDDUP???

I know it's a reach but I think they put it on there as a nod to it being the single that was originally supposed to be released, maybe as a double A-Side with Spanish Eyes which would have been released in different territories?

If I were to choose the LAP Singles it would have went like this:

1. Like a Prayer (b/w Act of Contrition)

2. Express Yourself (b/w Love Song)

3. Till Death Do Us Part (b/w Supernatural)

4. Cherish (released around the holiday season, b/w Santa Baby)

5. Oh Father (released in Europe, US and UK, b/w Dear Jessie)

5. Spanish Eyes (released in Latin America, Spain, Italy and Japan, b/w Promise to Try)

6. Keep It Together

Fuck Dear Jessie, honestly.

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3 hours ago, jazzyjan said:

This is a hard one.  Like a Prayer is so brilliant and personal but singles are hard to pick due to them being extremely personal.  The first 3 singles were obvious and they had mass appeal to both fans and the General public.  I loved O'h Father as the fourth single and am taking that out of the equation.  Dear Jessie has grown on me so much over the years and I now appreciate it's innocence and intricate musical backing.  Promise to Try is a song that can bring people to tears ( happens to me a lot  with that song ) but speaks completely to people who have experienced losing their mother young more than other people.  

So I am going for Till Death do us part.  Completely before it's time with the devastating lyrics of domestic violence jarring with the almost carefree delivery.  Incredible song.  

one of those albums i enjoy but cant relate to some of the songs.

i voted for keep it together!!

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8 minutes ago, S.E.X. said:

In Encyclopedia Madonnaica it says that David Fincher was the one who begged Madonna to release Oh Father as a single because he wanted to direct a video for it so badly.

My guess is that either Spanish Eyes or TDDUP were originally planned as single in place of Oh Father. Including TDDUP AND Holiday as b-sides to Dear Jessie always seemed very odd to me. I can totally see why Holiday would be included (although Santa Baby would have been much smarter given that the single was released around the Holiday season) but TDDUP???

I know it's a reach but I think they put it on there as a nod to it being the single that was originally supposed to be released, maybe as a double A-Side with Spanish Eyes which would have been released in different territories?

If I were to choose the LAP Singles it would have went like this:

1. Like a Prayer (b/w Act of Contrition)

2. Express Yourself (b/w Love Song)

3. Till Death Do Us Part (b/w Supernatural)

4. Cherish (released around the holiday season, b/w Santa Baby)

5. Oh Father (released in Europe, US and UK, b/w Dear Jessie)

5. Spanish Eyes (released in Latin America, Spain, Italy and Japan, b/w Promise to Try)

6. Keep It Together

Fuck Dear Jessie, honestly.

I don't see why it's weird to include TDDUP as a b-side to DJ. It was from the same album. AOC was the B-side to LAP. That's how they do it. It promotes another song on the album in hopes that people will want to buy the album. At least that's the traditional purpose. I remember reading that M was mad at DF for OH's failure, but I never really believed that story.

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22 minutes ago, vocalism said:

I don't see why it's weird to include TDDUP as a b-side to DJ. It was from the same album. AOC was the B-side to LAP. That's how they do it. It promotes another song on the album in hopes that people will want to buy the album. At least that's the traditional purpose. I remember reading that M was mad at DF for OH's failure, but I never really believed that story.

Because Dear Jessie pretty much functioned as a "holiday single". I don't think it was chosen because it was particularly great or a strong song. They probably just thought that such a cute and family-friendly song would do well. 

If that was the case, then TDDUP being the b-side is really obscure. Why put out an intentionally family-friendly song and include the even more family-friendly Holiday and then spoil it all with a song about domestic violence? Lol...

AOC and The Look of Love both made sense as b-sides to their A-sides, as did Spanish Eyes as the b-side to Oh Father. TDDUP and Holiday together as b-sides to Dear Jessie really don't make much sense to me.

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Till death do us part.

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Tough to choose between Lovesong and Keep it Together, but I ultimately chose Lovesong. I would have loved to have seen Madonna's vision realized of a music video with Prince. I once read she came up with an idea for a video inspired by the introduction to Hiroshima Mon Amour to be directed by Mondino. Would have been so beautiful. 

 

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7 hours ago, material_boy said:

 

 

 

I said in the opening post that I was including "DJ," "OF" and "KIT" as options since they each had limited releases. "DJ" and "OF" were released in different areas as the fourth single, so I included them in case people thought the fifth single should be, say, "DJ" in the States and "OF" in Europe.

"KIT" was only released in the U.S. and Japan, and it had a double-A side release with "Vogue" in Australia. The vast majority of the world never saw a fifth single from the album.

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