Scandalous

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Scandalous

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

Scandalous is the eighth track on Prince's eleventh album Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the Tim Burton movie Batman), and, five months after the album's release, Scandalous! (the title containing an exclamation point) was released as the album's fourth single. Prince's father, John L. Nelson, is credited as a co-writer, but his input into the track is unknown.

Initial tracking took place on 17 October 1988 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (on a day off from the Lovesexy Tour, between stops in Greensboro, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). On 1 October 1989 three and a half months after the track was first released, the track was re-worked to a three-part version called The Scandalous Sex Suite; the three parts were titled The Crime, The Passion and The Rapture. Actress Kim Basinger, who played the character Vicki Vale in the movie, took part in these sessions, which were released on the Scandalous! maxi-single, also known as the The Scandalous Sex Suite EP.

In 2000, Scandalous was planned for inclusion on When 2 R In Love: The Ballads Of Prince (likely in re-recorded form, although it is possible this was planned but not executed). The album did not receive many votes by visitors at Prince: A Celebration, however, and was ultimately abandoned.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
17 October 1988 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
1 October 1989 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Reworking to create The Scandalous Sex Suite
Recording Personnel

Batman version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


The Crime, The Passion, The Rapture versions


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Scandalous (Radio Version) 3:09 Scandalous! single Edit
Scandalous (Edit) 4:12 Scandalous! single Edit
Scandalous 6:15 Batman
Scandalous! promo
Studio
The Crime 6:24 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix a.k.a. The Scandalous Sex Suite: The Crime
The Passion 6:17 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix a.k.a. The Scandalous Sex Suite: The Passion
The Rapture 6:39 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix a.k.a. The Scandalous Sex Suite: The Rapture
Scandalous 4:32 NPG Ahdio #9 (not available as a separate track) Live 26 March 1993, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Scandalous 4:12 Batman deluxe edition DVD Promo video See Scandalous! video for details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Peach 3:48 The Hits 2

The Hits / The B-Sides
Peach

Studio Uses sampled moan by Kim Basinger from The Scandalous Sex Suite
Peach (Radio Version) 3:48 Peach promo Remix Slight edits of track above to make the song playable on radio
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Scandalous is quoted musically in three Danny Elfman compositions for the Batman movie, also available on the companion Batman: Original Motion Picture Score - Kitchen, Surgery, Face-Off, Love Theme and Finale. While Danny Elfman must have heard Scandalous before its release, it is unlikely that Prince himself was involved in these three tracks (although he is credited with co-composition as a result of Scandalous's inclusion), so they are not given full entries here.
  • A sampled moan by Kim Basinger from The Scandalous Sex Suite was looped in Peach.

References
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