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I'm Breathless is the soundtrack album created for the 1990 film Dick Tracy. It was released through Sire Records on May 22, 1990.

The album was co-produced and recorded by Madonna, who also co-starred in the film. It features the hits "Vogue" and "Hanky Panky". Actually, only three of the songs from the album — "Sooner Or Later", "More", and "What Can You Lose" — were ever really used in the film, with "Now I'm Following You" re-recorded by a different artist.note  Also, "Vogue" was originally intended to be a B-side to Madonna's "Keep It Together" single from Like a Prayer, but executives thought that it was too good a song to be wasted as a B-side and instead released it as a single prior to the album's release.


Track listing

  1. "He's The Man"
  2. "Sooner Or Later"
  3. "Hanky Panky"
  4. "I'm Going Bananas"
  5. "Cry Baby"
  6. "Something To Remember"
  7. "Back In Business"
  8. "More"
  9. "What Can You Lose"
  10. "Now I'm Following You (Part 1)"
  11. "Now I'm Following You (Part 2)"
  12. "Vogue"

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  • Alliterative Title: "Back in Business".
  • Bad Girl Song: "Back In Business", only here her badness is established in being a villain.
  • Bookends: Feather fans at the beginning and end of the video for "Vogue".
  • Break-Up Song: "Something To Remember", where the protagonist is left behind by her loved one.
  • Concept Album: Consists of pastiches of songs from The Roaring '20s. Only "Vogue" doesn't fit because it was released before the album.
  • Dance Sensation: "Vogue", named for the dance style that was popular near the end of the 1980s.
  • Dated History: When her song "Vogue" was released on March 20, 1990, more than half of the people on her list were still alive (Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, and Lana Turner). Garbo became the first to die about a month after "Vogue" was released; and by the time the last person on the list died on August 12, 2014 (Bacall), you'll never listen to the song in the same way again, as the anthem for the lost glamour of Old Hollywood is now turned into a Tear Jerker.
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  • Deliberately Monochrome: The "Vogue" music video.
  • Determinator: “Sooner or Later” expresses Breathless Mahoney’s determination to get Dick Tracy to fall in love with her, no matter what the cost.
  • Don't Look at Me!: "Vogue", particularly the single version and the later-released Immaculate Collection version.
  • Face on the Cover: Madonna and Warren Beatty. Also alluded to in "Vogue":
    Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
    On the cover of a magazine


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