200 Balloons

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200 Balloons

single art for Batdance

included on The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 9 June 1989 - Batdance single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

200 Balloons was released as the b-side on the single Batdance, the first single from Prince’s album Batman, the companion album to the hit movie Batman. In 1993, it was included as the second track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides).

Basic tracking for 200 Balloons took place on 15 February 1989 (just two days after the end of the Lovesexy Tour in Japan, on the same day as Batman Theme (a revamp of the track previously recorded as 19 (Jailbait)), at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The song was one of the first that Prince submitted for inclusion in the movie Batman and is the only b-side linked thematically with its storyline. 200 Balloons was planned for use during The Joker’s balloon parade (Baby I’m A Star had been used by the filmmakers to suggest what they wanted), but the filmmakers didn’t think it worked in the scene, and it was later replaced by Trust.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
15 February 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
200 Balloons 5:05 Batdance - single

The Hits / The B-Sides


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Batdance 6:13 Batman

Batdance single

Studio a.k.a. Batdance (LP Version); see Batdance for more details
Batdance (Edit) 4:06 Batdance single
Batdance (The Batmix) 7:15 Batdance single
Batdance (The Batmix Edit) 4:09 Batdance single
Remix Edit a.k.a. Batdance (The Batmix Radio Edit)
Batdance (The Batmix Edit) 4:14 The Crown Jewels promo
Remix Edit a.k.a. Batdance (The Batmix Radio Edit)
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The phrase "get your house in order" appears as a sample in 200 Balloons, possibly sung by Mavis Staples, and reduced to "house" on Batdance. Since these tracks were recorded in 1989, it is not clear if this was sampled from an earlier version of House In Order (only known to have been recorded in 1992) or not.

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