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Encyclopedia > Batman (album)
Batman
Album cover
Soundtrack album by Prince
Released June 20, 1989
Recorded 19881989
Genre Pop, Rock, Funk
Length 42:29
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Prince
Professional reviews
  • Allmusic.com 2.5/5
Prince chronology
Lovesexy
(1988)
Batman
(1989)
Graffiti Bridge
(1990)

While it garnered mixed reviews from critics, the 1989 Batman soundtrack returned Prince to the top of the Billboard album charts. The album was buoyed by the No. 1 hit single, "Batdance", a multi-phased pastiche of funk, rock, and dance interlaced with samples from the movie itself. Batman also spawned the follow-up single, "Partyman"; both video clips featured Prince's quirky alter-ego known as "Gemini", a half-Batman, half-Joker embodiment, somewhat akin to Lovesexy's 'Camille' vs. 'Spooky Electric'. The Sheena Easton duet, "The Arms of Orion", followed as the third single and last were the slow-burning ballad, "Scandalous" in the U.S. and a remix of "The Future" in the UK. Image File history File links Prince_Batman. ... A soundtrack album is any album that incorporates music from a particular feature film. ... 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Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958), known as (or, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) from 1993 to 2000, is a popular and influential American musician. ... Image File history File links Description: Rating stars. ... Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958), known as (or, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) from 1993 to 2000, is a popular and influential American musician. ... This 1988 album is widely considered to be one of the best works of Prince. ... 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... 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The Future is a song by Prince from his soundtrack to the 1989 film Batman. ...


As a Warner Bros. stablemate, Prince's involvement in the soundtrack was designed to leverage the media company's contract-bound talent as well as fulfill the artist's need for a commercial (if not critical) revival. The result: yet another successful cross-media enterprise by Warner Bros. in the vein of Purple Rain. The WB Shield used from 2003 to present day Warner Bros. ... Purple Rain is a 1984 movie directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Prince and William Blinn. ...


The whole ownership of the "Batman" franchise is quite complex and the hit singles from this album were not allowed on any of Prince's hits collections. Even on the concert t-shirts which listed all Prince's album titles to date had the song "Scandalous" rather than Batman. Despite this, Prince has performed a number of the album's tracks in concert over the years. (Update: the 2005 2-DVD edition of the Batman movie contains Prince's related videos as an bonus feature.) Wedged between Lovesexy and Graffiti Bridge, the soundtrack serves as Prince's final album contribution of the 1980s. A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters or setting of an original film, video game, or work of literature. ... T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ... It has been suggested that Dual layer recording be merged into this article or section. ... This 1988 album is widely considered to be one of the best works of Prince. ... 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... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...


Critically, the album was not particularly well received at the time, with many reviewers labelling it as mechanical and dull. Indeed many reviewers suggested that Prince was just using the soundtrack as a means of jettisoning some of the excess tracks that had built up in the Paisley Park vaults over the years. Songs like "The Arms Of Orion" and "Lemon Crush" could have been formulated for any other film, not just Batman. In a recent trivia book, Q music magazine suggested that "Batdance" was the beginning of the end of Prince's musical greatness, a view echoed by the popular press. Without the support of the movie, it's unlikely that the album would have sold as well as it did, although in 1990 it won a Brit Award for best soundtrack/score. The album also debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts and went multi-platinum in the US.

  • Not to be confused with Danny Elfman's orchestral score for the same movie.
  • No.1 Billboard 200 Albums Chart
  • No.5 Billboard R&B Albums Chart

Contents

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Track listing

  1. "The Future"
  2. "Electric Chair"
  3. "The Arms of Orion"
  4. "Partyman"
  5. "Vicki Waiting"
  6. "Trust"
  7. "Lemon Crush"
  8. "Scandalous"
  9. "Batdance"

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Singles and Hot 100 Chart Placings

"The Future"
"The Future"
  1. "The Future" (remix)
  2. "Electric Chair" (remix)






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"The Arms of Orion"
"The Arms of Orion"
  1. "The Arms of Orion" (#36 US, #27 UK)
  2. "I Love U in Me"







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"Partyman"
"Partyman"
  1. "Partyman"
  2. "Feel U Up"
  3. "The Purple Party Mix" (maxi-single)
  4. "Partyman Music Mix" (maxi-single)
  5. "Partyman Video Mix" (maxi-single)



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"Scandalous"
"Scandalous"
  1. "Scandalous"
  2. "When 2 R In Love"
  3. "The Crime" ("The Scandalous Sex Suite" maxi-single)
  4. "The Passion" ("The Scandalous Sex Suite" maxi-single)
  5. "The Rapture" ("The Scandalous Sex Suite" maxi-single)
  6. "Sex" "The Scandalous Sex Suite" maxi-single
"Batdance"
"Batdance"
  1. "Batdance"
  2. "200 Balloons"
  3. "The Batmix" (maxi-single)
  4. "Vicki Vale Mix" (maxi-single)



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Trivia

  • The theme to the 1960s Batman TV program was one of the first musical pieces Prince learned to play on the piano.
  • Prince had a cameo in the Batman movie.
  • Tim Burton and Jack Nicholson were both Prince fans and Burton included "1999" and "Baby, I'm a Star" in a rough cut of the film. Intrigued, Prince delivered a whole album of material to Burton with the songs "Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic" and "200 Balloons" to replace his older hits in the film. Burton rejected them so Prince replaced them with "Partyman" and "Trust".
  • "Partyman" was inspired by the coolness of Jack Nicholson and tailored to his role as The Joker.
  • "Batdance" was a replacement for the song "Dance with The Devil" which Prince felt was too dark. A few of the later's lyrics were included in the linear notes for the CD.
  • In the 2004 zombie-themed comedy Shaun of the Dead, the album is one of the ones that are used as projectile weapons against the advancing zombies. Another Prince album, Sign 'O' the Times, is spared, however.
  • Michael Jackson was originally asked to provide songs for the soundtrack, but turned it down as he was busy with concert arrangements [1].

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