Goodbye To Innocence
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“Dear MadonnaTribe crew, first of all thank you for doing an excellent job
REALLY love your website and I gotta tell you:
you are the fastest and best on the net (still amazed at how quickly you turned information about Live Earth into news on your page hell of a job!!)
so, keep on going! Actually Id like to contribute to your fact of the day feature My bit of a Madonna fact concerns Fever from
the Erotica album which was actually never meant to be on it. Goodbye To Innocence was
scheduled to make the record instead but rather spontaneously, everything came different
The following bit is taken from “The Erotica Diaries” by Shep Pettibone.
The Erotica Diary – August 15, 1992, Mo’s Birthday – One of the tracks, Goodbye To Innocence, just wasn’t working.
There was something about the song that didn’t grab Madonna, so we had to fix it.
I worked overnight in my studio and came back to Soundworks with a brand new bass line
that seemed to do the trick. Madonna put on headphones and got ready to lay down the vocals for
Goodbye To Innocence. But instead of singing the original words, which were written last year,
Madonna started toying with the lyrics, singing the words to the lounge-lizard act staple, Fever.
At first we thought: “This is cool,” and it was. It sounded so good that we decided to take it one
step further and actually cover the tune. Too bad no one knew the words.
What we needed was a copy of Fever if we were going to record it that day.
So, Madonna got on the phone with Seymour Stein at Sire Records, and within an hour,
we had the lyric sheets, the Peggy Lee version, and the original version of the song in our hands.
I was really impressed by how quickly we got it all. That was the last track on Erotica and
we finished mixing it just in time to celebrate another birthday – Madonna’s.
In my opinion, if you listen to both songs (the album version of fever, that is) today, you can still hear
the similarities the beat is quite the same and you can easily imagine the vocals of one song
being put over the sound of the other. Keep up the good work.
greetz from Matthias