Partyman

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Partyman

Batman.jpg
from the album Batman
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single art for Partyman
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 20 June 1989 - Batman album
Album(s): Batman
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Partyman is the fourth track on Prince's eleventh album Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the Tim Burton movie Batman), and two months after the album's release, Partyman was released as the album's third single in the UK, with a North American release the following month.

Although Partyman was a successful single, the song was not included on The Hits collections. It is believed that this was due to the licencing of movie dialogue included in the opening seconds of the song, although these were simply edited out when the track was included on the Peach single, which contained other minor hits not included on The Hits collections (Vicki Vale's exclamation of "Oooh, I love purple" was still included, however).

A live version of the track, recorded on the 2006 Támar Tour (segueing into a cover version of Graham Central Station's It's Alright), was streamed on the NPG Music Club in March 2006.

Although exact recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in March 1989 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Trust, The Arms Of Orion, Dance With The Devil and Batdance).

A short video clip of Prince playing along on the Cleo bass was shown on the documentary Prince: A Musical Portrait. It was likely not an actual recording session, just Prince showing off.

Partyman replaced Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (which itself had replaced 1999) as the musical background of the museum scene in the movie Batman, in which The Joker traps and then 'serenades' Vicki Vale.

Remixing for the single release took place at some point between March and August 1989. Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) is notable for including sampled clips of several earlier songs in its introduction: Sexy Dancer, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Head, Partyup, Let's Work, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Erotic City, Kiss, U Got The Look, Housequake and Alphabet St.; although these clips are brief, this would be a precursor of sorts to some of the studio medleys played over PAs before shows on various tours (beginning with the Nude Tour), and to studio medleys like Purple Medley.

Partyman (The Video Mix) features additional saxophone by Candy Dulfer, marking her first of several appearances on a Prince release.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
March 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
March-August 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Remixing and additional recording
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Jack Nicholson - sampled vocals (as The Joker, sampled from Batman) (credited for "special guest presence")
  • Michael Keaton - credited for "special guest presence", but not heard
  • Kim Basinger - sampled vocals (as Vicki Vale, sampled from Batman) (credited for "special guest presence")
  • Femi Jiya - sampled vocals (credited for "special guest presence")
  • Anna Garcia - sampled vocals (credited for "special guest presence", as "Anna Fantastic")
  • Jana Anderson - vocals (Partyman (The Video Mix) only)
  • Elisa Fiorillo - vocals (Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) only)
  • Candy Dulfer - saxophone (Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) and Partyman (The Video Mix) only)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Partyman 3:11 Batman

Partyman single

Studio
Partyman 3:07 Nothing Compares 2 Him promo

The Crown Jewels promo
Peach single

Edit Missing The Joker's opening dialogue
Partyman (Partyman Music Mix) 4:31 Partyman single Remix Remix by Femi Jiya and Prince
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 6:02 Partyman single Remix Remix by Femi Jiya and Prince; Includes sampled clips of Sexy Dancer, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Head, Partyup, Let's Work, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Erotic City, Kiss, U Got The Look, Housequake and Alphabet St.
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 5:58 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix edit As above, missing The Joker's opening dialogue
Partyman (The Video Mix) 6:20 Partyman single Remix Remix by Femi Jiya and Prince
Partyman (The Video Mix) 6:11 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix edit As above, missing The Joker's opening dialogue
Partyman (The Video Mix Edit) 5:40 Partyman single Remix edit As above, contains The Joker's opening dialogue; earlier fade-out than full version
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Partyman 7:14 Batman deluxe edition DVD Promo video Uses Partyman (The Video Mix); see Partyman video for details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Partyman T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Partyman T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
Partyman T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan; includes lyrics from Janet Jackson's 'What Have You Done For Me Lately
Partyman / It's Alright 4:21 NPG Music Club Glam Slam VIP audio stream Live 25 February 2006, Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dancing Machine / Partyman / It's Alright 4:48 3rdEye TV Show # 5 performance audio stream Rehearsal Late June 2013, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota (assumed); snippet of (Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up? included in opening
(Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up? / Dancing Machine / Partyman / It's Alright 4:52 3rdEye TV Show # 7 live video stream Live 30 June 2013 (a.m.) City Winery Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Acknowledge Me 5:26 Crystal Ball Studio Vocal sample lifted from "The Video Mix"
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Partyman Remix Instrumental remix, possibly intended for a single release
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Partyman (The Video Mix) contains the line "When I need trombone my dog is handy, but when I want sax, I call Candy". That line was originally part of the song Love Machine as "When I need trombone my dog is handy, when I need sax, I call Candy".

References
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