At this post-Brett Kavanaugh juncture in American life, it's time for a re-appreciation of this Madge classic. For Ray Of Light , Madonna selected William Orbit as a collaborator, which was at that time considered a left-field choice. Orbit was an eccentric, progressive composer and musician who was best-known for his own curious amalgam of classical and electronic music. Interesting stuff, but the dude definitely did not have any hits. Madonna adored his work and commissioned Orbit to produce, which was a nervy move. It paid off with a gorgeous masterpiece that, while not her greatest commercial success, certainly did sell well. Five million copies in the U.
It was released as the third and final single from the album on April 16, , by Maverick Records. Lyrically, it conveys society's double standard toward women, addressing hurtful myths about female inferiority. To emphasize the message, the song opens with a spoken word sample by actress Charlotte Gainsbourg from the British film The Cement Garden. The song received acclaim from most music critics, who declared it as a highlight from the album, while also remarking it as one of the most mature musical ventures of Madonna's career. An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Madonna's then-husband Guy Ritchie and premiered on March 22, It features the singer as a reckless woman on a crime spree. The video was criticized for its depiction of violence and abuse, which caused MTV to ban it before pm. Madonna performed the track on the promotional concerts for Music in November and on her Drowned World Tour , where a remixed version was used as a video interlude and also performed in Spanish.