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Encyclopedia > Batdance
"Batdance"
"Batdance" cover
U.S. 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Batman
B-side(s) "200 Balloons"
Released 9 June 1989
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, 1989
Genre Pop, Rock, Funk
Length 7" edit: 4:06
Album/12": 6:13
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Certification Platinum - (8 August, 1989)
Peak chart positions
  • #1 R&B
  • #1 U.S.
  • #2 UK
  • #2 AUS
Prince singles chronology
"I Wish U Heaven"
(1988)
"Batdance"
(1989)
"Partyman"
(1989)

"Batdance" is a song by Prince, from the 1989 Batman soundtrack (see 1989 in music). Helped by the film's popularity, the song reached number one in the U.S., becoming Prince's fourth number-one single, and first since 1986's "Kiss". "Batdance" was Prince's first single to be issued on compact disc in the U.S. Image File history File links Prince_Batdance. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... “The Artist” redirects here. ... While it garnered mixed reviews from critics, the 1989 Batman soundtrack returned Prince to the top of the Billboard album charts. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... 12 single for U2s Beautiful Day The 12-inch [30 cm] single gramophone record came into existence with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... Paisley Park Studios is a studio and multimedia company run by rock/rhythm and Blues artist Prince. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bold text For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Warner Bros. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... “The Artist” redirects here. ... I Wish U Heaven is a song by Prince, from 1988s controversial Lovesexy LP. It is a joyful, spiritual song with few lyrics that runs 2:43. ... Partyman is Princes 1989 followup to the No. ... “The Artist” redirects here. ... While it garnered mixed reviews from critics, the 1989 Batman soundtrack returned Prince to the top of the Billboard album charts. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... Kiss is a 1986 song by Prince and the Revolution, from the album Parade. ... A compact disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ...

Contents

Song development

"Batdance" was a last-minute replacement for a brooding track titled "Dance with the Devil," which Prince felt was too dark.[1] Incidentally, though "Dance with the Devil" remains unreleased, some of the lyrics appear on the album's liner notes. Liner notes are the booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or any sound recording container. ...


"Batdance" is almost two songs in one—a chaotic, mechanical dancebeat that changes gears into a slinky, funky groove before changing back for the song's conclusion. The track is an amalgam of many musical ideas floating around at the time. No fewer than six songs (some unreleased) contributed to "Batdance": "200 Balloons", "We Got the Power", "House in Order", "Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic", "The Future", and "Electric Chair". Some of these were mere snippets, and other segments showed up only in remixes of the track. The song was also loaded with dialog samples from the film. The Future is a song by Prince from his soundtrack to the 1989 film Batman. ... A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ...


Video

The song's music video featured dancers costumed as multiple Batmen, Jokers and Vicki Vales. Prince appears both as himself, and as well as a costumed character in face paint known as "Gemini" with one side representing the Joker (evil) and the other, Batman (good). Gemini is Prince's astrological sign, and is a reference to the duality throughout his music. "Gemini" would also make an appearance in the "Partyman" video, but with the "Batman" half replaced by Prince's normal appearance. The video also features one Vicki Vale wearing a t-shirt with the words "All this and brains too," a reference to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, in which a female news presenter wears a top with the same slogan. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... “The Joker” redirects here. ... Vicki Vale is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a reporter who was the most prominent and longest lasting love interest of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman. ... Link titleBold textMedia:Example. ... [1] Gemini is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Gemini. ... In astrology, the Signs of the Zodiac represent twelve equal segments or divisions of the zodiac. ... The word duality has a variety of different meanings in different contexts: In several spiritual, religious, and philosophical doctrines, duality refers to a two-fold division also called dualism. ... Partyman is Princes 1989 followup to the No. ... The premiere issue of the series Spoiler warning: The Dark Knight Returns (known as DKR by fans) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ...


B-side

The B-side to the single was "200 Balloons", which was recorded for the film and serves as the musical blueprint for the main portion of "Batdance". The song was rejected for the film by Tim Burton and replaced by "Trust". Ironically, the lyrics of "200 Balloons" fit the scene in the film much better than the replacement track. Prince did little more than replace the lyrics of "200 Balloons" in its transition into "Batdance". Some lyrics even survived the transition and more showed up in "The Batmix". "200 Balloons" also contains samples of "Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic", another song submitted for inclusion in the movie, but rejected (it was replaced by "Partyman"). In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ...


Remixes

The 12" single and some CD versions of the single included two remixes of "Batdance" that were done by Mark Moore and William Orbit, "The Batmix" and "Vicki Vale Mix". "The Batmix" focuses on the chaotic "rock" section of "Batdance" and is supplemented with electronic distortion and sampling of voices and instruments. It contains a few new lyrics, as well as more samples of "Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic". The "Vicki Vale Mix" is an extension of the middle part of "Batdance", which includes most of the movie dialog. Prince also adds a line or 2 of two lyrics to this version. 12 single for U2s Beautiful Day The 12-inch [30 cm] single gramophone record came into existence with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... Mark Moore (born March 10, 1964, in London) is a British dance music record producer and DJ. He was founder of the pop band SExpress, and runs the London nightclub night Electrogogo. Moore and William Orbit formed a friendship, with Orbit remixing the SXpress hit Hey Music Lover... William Orbit ( born on 15 December 1956 as William Mark Wainwright in Shoreditch, Hackney) is an English musician and record producer, perhaps best known to most for his work on Madonnas album Ray of Light, which received four Grammy Awards. ...


Track listing

7": Warner Bros. / 7-22924 (US)

  1. "Batdance" (Edit) - 4:06
  2. "200 Balloons" - 5:05

12": Warner Bros. / W2924T (UK)

  1. "Batdance - 6:13
  2. "200 Balloons" - 5:05
  • also available as picture disc (W2924TP)
  • also available on CD (W2924CD)

12": Warner Bros. / W2924TX (UK)

  1. "Batdance" (The Batmix) - 7:15
  2. "Batdance" (Vicky Vale Mix) - 5:55
  3. "200 Balloons" - 5:05
  • also available on CD (W2924CDTX)

7": Warner Bros. / 7-22924 (US)

  1. "Batdance" (The Batmix Edit) - 4:09
  2. "Batdance" (Vicky Vale Mix Edit) - 4:13
  • promo

12": Warner Bros. / PRO-A-3702 (US)

  1. "Batdance" (The Batmix) - 7:15
  2. "Batdance" (The Batmix Radio Edit) - 4:09
  3. "Batdance" (Vicky Vale Mix) - 5:55
  4. "Batdance" (Vicky Vale Mix Radio Edit) - 4:13
  • promo

References in popular media

Anthony Ray (born August 12, 1963), known as Sir Mix-a-Lot, is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer, originally from Seattle, Washington, U.S.. // Sir Mix-a-Lot worked together with Miami bass icon DJ Magic Mike, Mudhoney, Metal Church (on a cover of Black Sabbaths Iron... Kevin Seal was an MTV VJ in the late 1980s, and one of the hosts of the influential alternative music program, 120 Minutes, which debuted in 1986. ... Sinéad OConnor (born December 8, 1966) is an Irish pop singer and songwriter. ... Nothing Compares 2 U is a song written around 1984 or 1985 by Prince for The Family. ...

External links

Preceded by
"Toy Soldiers" by Martika
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 5, 1989
Succeeded by
"Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx
Preceded by
"On Our Own" by Bobby Brown
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
August 12, 1989
Succeeded by
"Something In the Way (You Make Me Feel)" by Stephanie Mills


Appearing on Martikas self-titled debut album in 1989, Toy Soldiers is a slow ballad. ... Marta Marrero (born May 18, 1969 in Whittier, California, USA), better known as Martika, is an American pop singer and actress. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Right Here Waiting is a ballad recorded by Richard Marx on his second album, Repeat Offender. ... Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Winnetka, Illinois) is an adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter and record producer. ... TKeyah Crystal Keymáh, (born Crystal Walker, October 13, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress and comedian. ... This article is about the R&B singer. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known by various names including Hot Soul Singles, Hot Black Singles, and Hot R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Stephanie Mills (born March 22, 1957 in Harlem, New York) is an African American R&B and soul singer and former Broadway star. ...


“The Artist” redirects here. ... This article includes the discography of American musician Prince. ... For You is Princes debut album, released on April 7, 1978, when the artist was 20 years old, and bearing the classic tag, Written, composed, performed, and recorded by Prince. It is generally regarded as a promising but somewhat insubstantial early effort. ... Prince is the second album by Prince, released in 1979. ... Dirty Mind is the third album by Prince, released October 8, 1980. ... Controversy is Princes 4th album, released in 1981. ... 1999 is Princes fifth album, released in October 1982. ... Around The World In A Day was Princes 1985 follow-up to Purple Rain. ... Sign o the Times (or Sign ☮ the Times) is an album by Prince, released on March 30, 1987 on Paisley Park. ... This 1988 album is widely considered to be one of the best works of Prince. ... Diamonds and Pearls was Princes eleventh album, which was released in 1991. ... The correct title of this article is . This articles title contains characters or symbols not found in Unicode. ... Come was an album Prince was obligated to make after he changed his name to O(+>. It is an interesting look inside of Princes mind and one of his most sensual and dark albums. ... The Black Album is a Prince record that was originally planned for November of 1987 as the follow-up to Sign ☮ the Times. ... The Gold Experience is a (formerly known as Prince) album released in 1995. ... Chaos and Disorder is a 1996 album by (formerly known as Prince). ... Emancipation is a 1996 triple-CD album by Prince (then known as ). The title refers to Princes freedom from his contract with Warner Bros. ... The Truth is an album by Prince released in 1998. ... Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is a 1999 album by (formerly known as Prince). ... Some factual claims in this article or section need to be verified. ... One Nite Alone is a Prince album featuring him on piano and vocals with a few embellishments here and there. ... Musicology is an album by Prince, released on April 20, 2004, which proved to be his most successful in years, reaching the top 5 of the album charts in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and many other countries. ... 3121 (pronounced thirty one, twenty one) is Princes latest studio album of new material. ... Planet Earth is the title of a studio album by Prince which was released on July 15, 2007 in the U.K. as a free covermount with The Mail on Sunday national newspaper, followed by a more traditional distribution in the rest of the world. ... Singles from Purple Rain Released: May 1984 Released: July 1984 Released: September 1984 Released: November 1984 Released: January 1985 Music from the Motion Picture Purple Rain (also called just Purple Rain) is a soundtrack album by Prince and The Revolution. ... Parade: Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon was Princes 1986 follow-up to Around the World in a Day and the soundtrack to his second film. ... While it garnered mixed reviews from critics, the 1989 Batman soundtrack returned Prince to the top of the Billboard album charts. ... The soundtrack to Graffiti Bridge was much better received in sales than the movie of the same name, reaching #6 in the US and #1 in the UK. Nearly every song on the record was written by Prince, despite the handful of artists performing, including Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples and... Girl 6 is a Prince album released in 1996. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... One Nite Alone. ... For the Indian book on sexual positions, please see: Kama Sutra. ... Track listing Xhalation Xcogitate Xemplify Xpectation Xotica Xogenous Xpand Xosphere Xpedition ... N.E.W.S is a 2003 instrumental album by Prince (artist) containg 4 tracks: North, East, West and South. Categories: Album stubs | 2003 albums | Prince albums ... Track listing Xhalation Xcogitate Xemplify Xpectation Xotica Xogenous Xpand Xosphere Xpedition ... Track listing WhenEyeLayMyHandsOnU JudasSmile SuperCute UnderneathTheCream SexMeSexMeNot Vavoom High TheDance Gamillah UMakeMySunShine Categories: Album stubs ... Track listing Silicon SM Groove YShouldEyeDoThat Golden Parachute Hypnoparadise Props n Pounds Northside Peace 2045 Radical Man The Daisy Chain Categories: Album stubs ... The Hits/The B-Sides is a 1993 (and the first) greatest hits compilation album by Prince. ... Crystal Ball is a compilation album by Prince (then known as ), released in 1997. ... The Very Best Of Prince is a Best of compilation album by Prince, released in 2001. ... Ultimate is the title of Princes latest greatest hits compilation album. ... Prince (DEU) singles chronology The Arms of Orion (1989) Scandalous (1989) The Future (1990) Scandalous is a smooth, romantic ballad by Prince, released as a single off his 1989 Batman soundtrack. ... The Beautiful Experience is an EP by Prince, though at the time he was using the unpronoucable symbol name. ... Purple Rain is a 1984 feature film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Sign o the Times (or Sign ☮ the Times) is a film written and directed by Prince. ... Graffiti Bridge is a film written, directed and starring Prince. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ... Little Red Corvette is one of Princes most well-known songs and a defining point in his rise to superstar status. ... Delirious is a song by Prince from the 1982 album, 1999. ... Prince (UK) chronology Purple Rain track listing Darling Nikki (4) When Doves Cry (5) I Would Die 4 U (6) When Doves Cry is a song by Prince, and the lead single from his 1984 album Purple Rain. ... Prince (UK) singles chronology I Would Die 4 U (1984) Lets Go Crazy/Take Me with U (1985) Paisley Park (1985) Purple Rain track listing Lets Go Crazy (1) Take Me With U (2) Lets Go Crazy is a 1984 song by Prince and the Revolution. ... This is a trivia section. ... I Would Die 4 U was the third single off Prince and the Revolutions legendary 1984 album Purple Rain. ... Raspberry Beret is the first U.S. (and second UK) single off of Prince and The Revolutions 1985 album, Around the World in a Day. ... Prince (UK) singles chronology Raspberry Beret (1985) Pop Life (1985) Kiss (1986) Pop Life was the second U.S. (and final U.K.) single off Prince and The Revolutions 1985 album, Around the World in a Day. ... Kiss is a 1986 song by Prince and the Revolution, from the album Parade. ... Sign O The Times is a 1987 song by Prince and the title track to his double album Sign O The Times. ... U Got The Look is a 1987 song by Prince from his double album Sign O The Times. ... I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man is the fourth single from Princes 1987 tour de force, Sign O The Times. ... Alphabet St. ... Thieves In The Temple is a song by Prince from the 1990 soundtrack album, Graffiti Bridge. ... Cream is a song by Prince and the New Power Generation from the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls. ... Diamonds and Pearls is the title track to Prince and the New Power Generations 1991 hit album. ... 7 is a song by Prince and the New Power Generation from 1992 off the album Love Symbol. ... Prince (UK) chronology Controversy (1993) The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (1994) The Beautiful Experience (1994) The Most Beautiful Girl in the World is a song by Prince (then known as ) from his 1995 album The Gold Experience. ... The Revolution was Princes backing band from the late 1970s through 1986. ... The New Power Generation (or NPG for short) is the current backing group of musician Prince. ... The Time is a funk and dance-pop ensemble formed in 1981. ... The Family was a R&B band formed by Prince and one of the first signed to his record label, Paisley Park Records. ... Madhouse is a band from Minneapolis that was formed by Prince. ... Vanity 6 was a female vocal trio assembled by Prince in the early 1980s. ... Apollonia 6 was a 1980s female singing trio created by Prince as a continuation of a previous group, Vanity 6. ... Mazarati was a R&B band formed in the late 1980s by former Prince and the Revolution bassist Brown Mark. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


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Batdance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (323 words)
The song was also loaded with dialogue from the film, and was accompanied by a music video complete with multiple Batmen and Jokers, as well as Prince in facepaint, one side as the Joker and the other as Batman.
The B-side, "200 Balloons" is an outtake from the album and the musical blueprint for the main portion of "Batdance".
The 12" single of the song included two remixes of Batdance by William Orbit, "The Batmix" and "Vicki Vale Mix".
Batman by Prince (lyrics & reviews) (1402 words)
The biggest hit "Batdance" is in the main a collection of dialogue from the "Batman" film set to a cool backing track, but is still fun and enjoyable in a quirky way.
The raucous guitar and techno beat of "Batdance" is a summary of the movie, both in movie soundbites and to some extent of some of the earlier songs, such as "The Future" and "Electric Chair".
It is not fashionable to praise "Batdance," but I must concede that the guitar solo (which was nixed in the single edit, but which is present in the full version included on this CD) is absolutely vicious.
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