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On a vision quest for a Madonna song we might have forgotten?

Call emergency services. In a rare Stuck in the '80s sighting, we unearth the one Madonna song that has been forgotten - Gambler.

Rational or not, Steve Spears refusal to embrace Madonna has been one of the calling cards of the SIT80s blog and podcast. In some respects, it seems almost inconceivable that Madonna could appear on Lost and Found since nearly every song she released in the '80s was a smash hit. It is futile to deny that Madonna was the most successful female artist of the '80s as once Holiday hit the Top 40 in 1983, her resume included 20 straight Top 40 hits with all but three of those hitting the Top 10. Of those, seven made it to number one with Like A Virgin becoming her biggest hit as it stayed at the top spot for six weeks.

When Steve and Brad hosted the March Soundtrack Madness in 2014, it was declared that Kenny Loggins was the undisputed king of the soundtracks. If they awarded a queen, it surely would be Madonna. Not even counting her post-'80s soundtrack hits from A League Of Their Own, With Honors, Evita, Die Another Day and others, Madonna scored hits from the movies Who's That Girl, Open Range (Live To Tell), Desperately Seeking Susan ( Into The Groove) and today's choice pick of Gambler from Vision Quest.

In November of 1984, Madonna released the Like a Virgin album that was the sales event of the winter. As its second single, Material Girl, was racing up the charts, the movie Vision Quest was released and it's love song Crazy For You became a No. 1 hit. But Crazy For You was not the only song that Madonna contributed to the Vision Quest soundtrack as the fast paced Gambler also appeared. Though it was not released as a single in the U.S., a video was made for Gambler and the single was an international success making the Top 10 in Australia, the U.K. and other European countries.

Filmed at the Big Foot Tavern in Spokane, Washington, the Gambler video also splices in plenty of clips of Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino from Vision Quest and remains one of the few singles that Madonna wrote entirely by herself.

Madonna still packs them in on the concert tour and still releases new material as her 2015 album entitled Rebel Heart made it to number two on the album charts, but disappeared from the Top 100 after only 11 weeks and is the only Madonna album to fail to reach gold status - which is no disrespect in today's era of digital singles.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:58pm]


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