Deeper And Deeper
January 29 1993
'Deeper And Deeper' peaks at No.1 on the Billboard singles chart
Single by Madonna
From the album Erotica
B-side: "Deeper and Deeper" (Instrumental)
Released: December 8, 1992
Format: 7" single, 12" single, cassette single, CD single
Recorded: November 13, 1991 (Manhattan, New York) June 16, 1992 at Soundworks Recording Studios (Astoria, New York)
Genre: Dance-pop, house, disco
Length: 5:33 (album version) 4:54 (edit)
Label: Maverick · Sire · Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna · Shep Pettibone · Anthony Shimkin
Producer: Madonna · Shep Pettibone
"Deeper and Deeper" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her fifth studio album Erotica. The song was released as the album's second single by Maverick Records in December 1992. The song was written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Anthony Shmikin and was produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone. It also appeared on her 2001 compilation album GHV2 in a shorter edit form.
"Deeper and Deeper" is a dance-oriented song. It also features other musical structures such as the use of acoustic guitars, with some Spanish, flamenco style lead and the use of castanet beats in the song's bridge. The song has been described by critics as "Pure Disco". Lyrically the song is a metaphor about a boy coming to accept his homosexuality. The song also shares similarities with Madonna's previous 1990 hit "Vogue" and also features a reference to "Vogue" towards the ending part of the song (the lyrics "You got to just let your body move to the music/you got to just let your body go with the flow" are taken from "Vogue"). There's also a reference to the song "Do-Re-Mi" from the musical The Sound of Music in the line "When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything". Despite the sexual nature of the Erotica album and the controversy surrounding Madonna and the album at that time, "Deeper and Deeper" was met with positive reviews and received significant radio and airplay. Music critics have called the song one of Madonna's strongest disco inspired tracks and complimented the song's refreshing dance oriented nature. Slant Magazine listed "Deeper and Deeper" as number thirty-six on their "Best Singles of the '90s" list.
The music video for "Deeper and Deeper" was directed by Bobby Woods and shot on November 7-8, 1992. It was seen as a homage to artist Andy Warhol and his films. It was set in the 1970s and featured Madonna playing a character based on Edie Sedgwick who goes out to a nightclub and finds her friends and boyfriend (played by actor Udo Kier, who had appeared in the Andy Warhol films Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula and had previously appeared on her "Erotica" video). The video received mixed reviews from both music critics and fans alike. It's considered one of Madonna's most intriguing yet least appealing music videos.
Madonna has performed "Deeper and Deeper" in two of her concert tours. She first performed the song on The Girlie Show World Tour in 1993. This performance, like the song's music video, had a strong disco theme, with Madonna and her back up singers and dancers wearing afro wigs and bell bottom pants. The song was not included on a tour until eleven years later on the Re-Invention World Tour (2004) where, as opposed to the original disco version, it was performed as a slow-cut jazz version, with trumpets and an up-right bass and featuring Madonna dressed as a circus showgirl. It was also rehearsed for Madonna's 2006 Confessions Tour but ultimately was not included.
"Deeper and Deeper" was written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Anthony Shimkin. It was released as the second single from Erotica in late 1992. The song was released on vinyl as a 12" maxi single in the US and Germany, and as a 12" picture disc in the UK. A 7" single was also released in Germany and the UK. A collectible 2 vinyl disc set was released in the US, in a full colour sleeve as a promo containing exclusive remixes.
The song shares similarities with Madonna's previous 1990 hit "Vogue" and also features a reference to "Vogue" towards the ending part of the song (the lyrics "You got to just let your body move to the music/you got to just let your body go with the flow" are taken from "Vogue"). The line "When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything" is a reference to the song "Do-Re-Mi" from the musical The Sound of Music. Slant Magazine listed "Deeper and Deeper" as number 36 on the "Best Singles of the '90s" list.
"Deeper and Deeper" was one of those songs she always had a problem with. The middle of the song wasn't working. We tried different bridges and changes, but nothing worked. In the end, Madonna wanted the middle of the song to have a flamenco guitar strumming big-time. I didn't like the idea of taking a Philly house song and putting La Isla Bonita in the middle of it. But that's what she wanted, so that's what she got.
-Co-producer Shep Pettibone talking about "Deeper and "Deeper" in "The Erotica Diaries"
"Deeper and Deeper" is a disco inspired song. Lyrically it talks about a boy coming to terms with his homosexuality. The song has been remixed by Shep Pettibone, who both co-wrote and produced the track with David Morales. Some of their remixes featured the use of the pitch shift. In Pettibone's Classic 12" version, when Madonna sings "pretend", the syllable "-tend", which echoes at the same pitch in the original, is lowered quite a few octaves, raised to normal for a few seconds, and is then raised to an almost childlike pitch for about 3 or 4 seconds before going to the final line. In Morales' club mix, after she sings, "never gonna hide it again", the pitch in "deep" is alternated between the original and a slightly lowered version for nearly 32 seconds.
According to Anthony Shinkin, who is a co-writer of the song, Madonna wanted to add flamenco style guitar to the song after hearing him play Spanish flamenco style lead on his acoustic guitar. Castanets and voila were also added and that is how the Latin style bridge of the song was created. Shep Pettibone was opposed to the idea of having a flamenco guitar used in the song, but Madonna insisted on including it.
In the "David's Love Dub" version, Madonna's heavily-phased "deeper and deeper" is at normal pitch for the first 15 seconds of the song, then gets lowered an octave until the bass starts a few seconds later; however, you can barely understand her, because the loop's phased quality distorts her words quite a lot. Pettibone described the song as "Philly House music". The song also has references to the song "Do-Re-Mi" from the musical The Sound of Music in the opening line for the first verse ("When you know the notes to sing you can sing most anything") as well as another reference to Madonna's previous hit song "Vogue" in the lines "You got to just let your body move to the music/You got to just let your body go with the flow".
The music video for "Deeper and Deeper" was shot on November 7–8, 1992 at Ren-Mar Studios and The Roxbury nightclub in Hollywood, California, and was directed by Bobby Woods (who was also the executive producer at Madonna's company, Boy Toy Inc.). The 1970s inspired music video features Madonna playing the character of a woman (inspired on Edie Sedgwick) who visits a night club looking for her friends. In the video she walks and dances on the club until she finds her boyfriend (played by actor Udo Kier, who had appeared in the Andy Warhol films Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula and had previously appeared on her "Erotica" video) who seems to have a big influence on the character Madonna plays in the video. The video also features images on both color and black and white and also features the appearance and cameos of gay-porn director Chi Chi LaRue, Sofia Coppola (acclaimed director of films such as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation) and Madonna's long time friend and collaborator, actress Debi Mazar, who had previously appeared on Madonna's music videos for her songs "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue" and would once again appear in a Madonna music video 7 years later in Madonna's video for "Music".
There are two different versions of the "Deeper And Deeper" music video: One for the 'Radio Edit'-Version of the song which is edited in a bit more mainstream and accessible kind of way and a slightly longer version which fits the 'Album Version' of the track. The longer version has more footage of Udo Kier in it and it shows at the end how he cuts off Madonna's balloons. Additionally there's also a scene of Madonna and her girlfriends eating bananas while watching a stripper (played by porn actor Joey Stefano, who had also appeared on Madonna's controversial Sex book). The "Deeper and Deeper" music video also marked the first time Madonna appeared in one of her musics video with her eyebrows completely shaved off, which according to herself one of the best things she ever did. It also features playing in the video a vinyl record with the Maverick Records logo, which had been just founded at that time.
Up until 2009, the music video for the song had never been commercially available, as it had been excluded from Madonna's Video Collection 93:99 compilation released in 1999. It was not until 10 years later that it was included on Madonna's Celebration DVD that the video was finally made available to the public. (Wiki)