Peak UK Chart Position: #2 in June 1985/March 1991.
“Crazy For You” is not the only track from Madonna‘s back catalogue to be released more than once in the UK. “Borderline” flopped on its original release in 1984, getting to a lowly number 56 before a 1986 re-release after a succession of successes saw it get to number 6. “Holiday” was her very first hit in 1984, getting to number six back then, but it gained a re-release a year later and managed number two. It then got yet another outing in 1991 (on the back of the “Immaculate Collection” album compilation) getting to number five on that occasion. “Crazy For You” was also a post-“Immaculate Collection” reissue, matching its original 1985 peak of number two on this day in 1991.
- “Crazy For You” was taken from the soundtrack album of the 1985 film “Vision Quest” (another 1985 hit, “Gambler”, was also from the same album).
- It was one of several Madonna hits produced by Jellybean, aka John Benitez, who scored late 80s hits in his own right including “Jingo” and “Just A Mirage”.
- The single’s UK sales stand just short of 800,000, with it being kept off the top spot by Sister Sledge’s “Frankie” in 1985, and by both The Simpsons’ “Do The Bartman” and a reissue of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash in 1991.
- In America, it was her second number one (after “Like A Virgin”), and attained gold certification for the shipment of one million units.
- The UK B-side was “I’ll Fall In Love Again” by Sammy Hagar, also from the “Vision Quest” soundtrack album.
Enjoy here her 1985 performance on ‘The Virgin Tour’, which serves as a reminder of how different she sounded back then. Judge for yourself whether, on that basis, you prefer earlier or later Madonna…