19 (Jailbait)

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19 (Jailbait)

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Song details


Performer: Madhouse; Prince; Miles Davis
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince; Miles Davis (assumed)
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

19 (Jailbait) (a.k.a. Batman Theme or Jailbait) is an unreleased instrumental track recorded on 8 December 1988 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA during sessions for Madhouse's third album 24 (three days after recording 17 (Penetration) and 18 (R U Legal Yet?), two days before adding vocals and instrumentation to 21-24 (The Dopamine Rush Suite)). The track was included as the third track on the album 24, before the album was abandoned.

Prince revamped the track on 15 February 1989 (just two days after the end of the Lovesexy Tour in Japan, on the same day as 200 Balloons), also at Paisley Park Studios, and renamed it Batman Theme for use in the Batman movie project (and accompanying Batman album), and the track was used in the background of an early unreleased trailer for the movie. The track was ultimately discarded as the project moved on, however. On 21 January 1991, Prince submitted the track (now re-titled Jailbait) to Miles Davis, along with Penetration and A Girl And Her Puppy, for his consideration. Prince wanted Davis to record additional trumpet parts before sending them back. Davis instead taught the three tracks to his band, and they recorded new versions of the tracks on 27 March 1991 in a German studio. The band also played them regularly on Davis' 1991 tour. After Davis died in 1991, Warner Bros. asked Prince to add some post-production to the studio version of this track (as well as Can I Play With U?, Penetration and A Girl And Her Puppy) to include on his first posthumous album, Doo-Bop, but Prince was not interested in contributing to tracks that he felt didn't show Davis at his best. The studio version was planned for release as the 31st track on a 2001 box-set of Miles Davis' Warner Bros. work, entitled The Last Word, but the track was not included on the eventual 2-disc 2010 release, titled Perfect Way. As the original Madhouse and Prince versions remains unreleased, the Miles Davis version is included here instead of being considered a straight cover version.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
8 December 1988 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
15 February 1989 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Reworking to create Batman Theme
27 March 1991 Bauer Studios (Studio 1), Ludwigsburg, Germany Initial tracking of Miles Davis version (titled Jailbait)
Recording Personnel

Madhouse/Prince versions

  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted (assumed)
  • Eric Leeds - saxophone and flute


Miles Davis version


Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
19 (Jailbait) Studio Recorded 8 December 1988
Batman Theme Studio Reworked late February 1989
Jailbait Studio Miles Davis version; recorded 27 March 1991


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
18 & Over All Songs Unreleased Songs 20 (A Girl And Her Puppy)