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1 hour ago, avoid the cliche said:

Top 40 pop radio was different back then. It could be 1987 and yet you would still hear stuff like New Attitude or Into The Groove along with current songs so it didn't sound dated at the time for me. I used to hear Spotlight on all top 40 stations in heavy rotation in Miami and much of the other pop Radio stations in the country played It as well. It did chart on the Billboard radio play chart with its peak in Jan 1988. it was also on the top 5 requested songs of the day for quite some time here in MIA. No doubt they wanted to push album sales. If they would have released a proper single it would have at best been top 5. I miss the days when radio would play anything Madonna. They used to even play Look Of Love on Power 96. 

I transferred this video from my Betamax tape and posted it years ago from on FB from a US program called Dance Party USA (which was filmed in Philly), look how many where singing along and knew the song.

 

I dare anyone to watch this video and not join in to sing along. Such a great little 80 bop. 

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Spotlight was eplayed on the radio all the time in Canada 

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 It looked like no one knew the words but pretended to...lol

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25 minutes ago, spotlight said:

Spotlight was eplayed on the radio all the time in Canada 

As in Mexico... 

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22 minutes ago, Aries said:

 It looked like no one knew the words but pretended to...lol

Lol. Not quote sure why there is a delay and its somewhat out of synch. It's not like that in the original video.  

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Just now, avoid the cliche said:

Lol. Not quote sure why there is a delay and its somewhat out of synch. It's not like that in the original video.  

I kinda prefer it with the delay....makes it even funnier!

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OMG check out the Germanotta twins! They look about the right age!

The syncing is fine for me. Youtube does that a lot though. 

Amazing hair though. Even the guys!

The eighties rocked!

 

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I never had a problem with it sounding like previous singles. I think that's what makes it work on YCD...that it blends right in with the dance hits on that compilation. Something too different wouldn't have flowed. 

Also never minded that it sounds "dated" (there's that word again!). I mean, that's what makes it so much fun to this day...that classic 80s sound. Nothing quite like it.

What a bop.

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46 minutes ago, VogueMusic said:

Also never minded that it sounds "dated" (there's that word again!). 

I'm one of those people who strongly oppose the loose usage of the word "dated" to any song someone simply doesn't like. :yes: In the case of "Spotlight", however, in my opinion, - it is accurate to call it "dated". @jonski43 described the song perfectly.

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Would of absolutely been another top 10 at the min. Most likely top 5..possibly higher w/ a proper video, some promotion and single release. As instant, catchy,  super radio friendly for '87/'88 and classic Madonna as everything else she put out then. This song along with WTP and TLOL should've somehow gotten single treatment- even if limited but long enough to chart. If their concern was 'over saturation' and/or album sales, too bad. ALL the songs rocked and still would been big to major hits. Plus, she was just that massively popular wouldn't have been 'too much'. People couldn't get enough! Warner botched sooo many damn opportunities. She EASILY should be close to 50 top 10s and at least 5+ more #1s. We all know if she came out in 2014 with the system we have now, same quality of the songs, videos and impact, she'd already be at 20 #1s lol

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I love Spotlight, and still play it to this day. I think the lyrics really capture Madonna's go-getting, positive outlook.

I'd like to see this on tour - I can totally imagine this working with a latin/flamenco breakdown towards the end.

Here's the brief demo that was mentioned upthread:

 

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1 hour ago, Crystal Coffin said:

I'm one of those people who strongly oppose the loose usage of the word "dated" to any song someone simply doesn't like. :yes: In the case of "Spotlight", however, in my opinion, - it is accurate to call it "dated". @jonski43 described the song perfectly.

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1 minute ago, Crystal Coffin said:

Sorry @VogueMusic. No amount of GIFs would ever convince me this is a good/cool/bop of a song. It's not :rotfl: 

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Wow, that demo is terrible!  It took Madonna, Steve Bray, and Jellybean I think (or Shep?) to make it decent. 

I remember not really liking the song before, but after rediscovering You Can Dance recently, I feel it's not bad.  Same with Can't Stop.

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I do think the song had a "dated" sound even in 1987. It has a Hi-NRG vibe to it, which was kind of over by the late '80s:

The synths are very early '80s. Some examples:

 

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On 5.12.2017 at 5:49 PM, avoid the cliche said:

Top 40 pop radio was different back then. It could be 1987 and yet you would still hear stuff like New Attitude or Into The Groove along with current songs so it didn't sound dated at the time for me. I used to hear Spotlight on all top 40 stations in heavy rotation in Miami and much of the other pop Radio stations in the country played It as well. It did chart on the Billboard radio play chart with its peak in Jan 1988. it was also on the top 5 requested songs of the day for quite some time here in MIA. No doubt they wanted to push album sales. If they would have released a proper single it would have at best been top 5. I miss the days when radio would play anything Madonna. They used to even play Look Of Love on Power 96. 

I transferred this video from my Betamax tape and posted it years ago from on FB from a US program called Dance Party USA (which was filmed in Philly), look how many where singing along and knew the song.

 

who can spot KELLY RiPA in this video :wow:

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On 2017/12/6 at 2:44 AM, LSD said:

 

Who got the free Tshirt?

I love Spotlight. It's on my workout playlist. It may be cheesy but it gets me moving!

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10 hours ago, Genevieve Vavance said:

who can spot KELLY RiPA in this video :wow:

Is that her at t = 39 seconds???

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the mitchubishi advertisements look wonderful, she could have used them to edit a proper video.Another wasted opportunity, as with Rescue me (again, with another edit of the ad, some pictures from the rolling stone magazine...).anyways, this song is so catchy happy, that can work very well as a live performance...maybe someboday!

 

in 1985 prince released Raspberry beret after the album was out.was a normal thing back in the day? I mean, to release an album with a proper single and only after it was out release a song?

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or even a double sided Look of love-spotlight with lots of remixes!!! god, there could have been a lot of ways to make this a wonderful release...well, at least we have a great song! and I understand she wasn´t focused in her music career that year

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7 hours ago, promise to try said:

or even a double sided Look of love-spotlight with lots of remixes!!! god, there could have been a lot of ways to make this a wonderful release...well, at least we have a great song! and I understand she wasn´t focused in her music career that year

I think this would been a fantastic idea. It could’ve been A #1 smash hit.

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In the US...they could’ve given us TLOL as a 3rd single,  like it was in the UK...after all the first two released were big #1 & #2

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12 hours ago, promise to try said:

the mitchubishi advertisements look wonderful, she could have used them to edit a proper video.Another wasted opportunity, as with Rescue me (again, with another edit of the ad, some pictures from the rolling stone magazine...).anyways, this song is so catchy happy, that can work very well as a live performance...maybe someboday!

 

in 1985 prince released Raspberry beret after the album was out.was a normal thing back in the day? I mean, to release an album with a proper single and only after it was out release a song?

What do you mean? It was normal for a single to come out then the album would follow like a week later. Then follow up singles came out.

I was surprised TLOL came out at the same time as YCD. a double a side would have been good but we just got a YCD poster instead 🙃

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Compared to the highs of 1985 and 1986 the second hald of 1987 seems to hold up less well. A soundtrack with respectable sales figures but nothing exceptional. A number one single with lower sales and critical acclaim than her previous number one singles. A single with just a live performance for a video. A single with no remixes, extended mixes, instrumentals or new songs and a movie montage video shunned by many TV Music shows. Then a remix album which held little interest for many.

 The second half of 1987 saw Madonna overshadowed by Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Geoge Michael. After ruling the music world scene with Like A Virgin and True Blue Who's That Girl and You Can Dance (although liked by us fans) were massively eclipsed by other artists output. Perhaps Warners were worried about Spotlight breaking her Top Ten records especially with no video, no live performance or even relevant movie clips to use for a video.

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10 hours ago, jonski43 said:

What do you mean? It was normal for a single to come out then the album would follow like a week later. Then follow up singles came out.

I was surprised TLOL came out at the same time as YCD. a double a side would have been good but we just got a YCD poster instead 🙃

as fvar as I know Around the world in a day was released before the single, and then others singles floowed. And in europe, at least in the UK, pairsley park was the lead single

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2 hours ago, promise to try said:

as fvar as I know Around the world in a day was released before the single, and then others singles floowed. And in europe, at least in the UK, pairsley park was the lead single

Oh yes according to Wikipedia, the album was released before the singles which was very unusual as a single was the normal promo for an album. However, this is Prince! Also, weren't Warner's unsure about the album as they wanted another purple rain and got this Beatles psychedelic effort.

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Just now, jonski43 said:

Oh yes according to Wikipedia, the album was released before the singles which was very unusual as a single was the normal promo for an album. However, this is Prince! Also, weren't Warner's unsure about the album as they wanted another purple rain and got this Beatles psychedelic effort.

and was it nomral, back to you can dance, to release an album without a physical single from it? just simply release it and wait because only her name was going to sell albums? was the release of Spotlight to the radios something official?

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20 minutes ago, promise to try said:

and was it normal, back to you can dance, to release an album without a physical single from it? just simply release it and wait because only her name was going to sell albums? was the release of Spotlight to the radios something official?

No, it wasn't normal at all to release an album with no single but then again, this wasn't really a proper album and a remix album was one of the first of its kind. So, I think it was given minimal promotion - singles didn't really make money so by not releasing Spotlight, more copies of the album would be sold I expect. 

There were official promo singles in Spain, Argentina and Malaysia but that was it. 

I don't think M did any promotion for it either so it was more a little extra for fans rather than some big album release. 

 

 

 

 

 

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