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Batdance

Batman.jpg
from the album Batman
Batdance single.jpg
single art for Batdance
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 9 June 1989 - Batdance single
Album(s): Batman

4Ever

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Batdance is the ninth and final track on Prince’s eleventh album Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the Tim Burton movie Batman), and, two weeks prior to the album’s release, Batdance was released as the album’s first single, becoming Prince’s fourth number one hit.

Basic tracking took place in mid-late March 1989 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, as the last song recorded for the album, replacing Dance With The Devil. The song contains samples from The Future, Electric Chair, 200 Balloons and We Got The Power (the latter was briefly considered for the album but left unreleased). Prince would later make regular use of mentioning or sampling tracks from an album within one of the album’s final tracks. Of Note, remixes of Batdance also contain samples from Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic (planned for the Batman album and replaced by Partyman, the song was only released in 1999).

The vocals on the album are credited to a character from the movie, as if Prince is singing on their behalf. The lines on Batdance are attributed to different characters from the movie and to Gemini, a character half-Batman, half-Joker created by Prince.

Perhaps because the track contains several samples from the movie Batman (which are covered by their own copyright permissions), and since the track can be seen as a promotional tie-in more than a song in any traditional sense, it had not been included on any of Prince’s compilation albums, despite its commercial success. After Prince’s passing it was however included on 4Ever.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-late March 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking
Spring 1989 Guerilla Studios, London, England (assumed) Remix by William Orbit and Mark Moore
Spring 1989 Studio information needed Remix and additional production by John Luongo
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Batdance 6:13 Batman

Batdance single

Studio a.k.a. Batdance (LP Version)
Batdance (Edit) 3:28 Nothing Compares 2 Him promotional album
Edit
Batdance (Edit) 4:06 Batdance single

4Ever

Edit
Batdance (The Batmix) 7:15 Batdance single Remix
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 promotional album
Remix Edit a.k.a. Batdance (The Batmix Radio Edit)
Batdance (Vicki Vale Mix) 5:55 Batdance single Remix
Batdance (Vicki Vale Mix Edit) 4:13 Batdance single Remix Edit a.k.a. Batdance (Vicki Vale Mix Radio Edit)
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Batdance 6:48 Batman 2004 DVD Long version
Batdance 4:49 Promo only Short version
Batdance (The Batmix Edit) 4:10 Promo only
Batdance (Vicki Vale Mix Edit) 4:12 Promo only
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Batdance T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 Jul. 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Batdance T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
Batdance T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 Aug. 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
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, Alphabet St., The Future and a chant from Batdance
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 5:58 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix edit As above, missing The Joker’s opening dialogue
Thieves In The House Mix 6:50 Thieves In The Temple single Remix Contains Joker laughing (sampled from Batman); see Thieves In The Temple for more details
Temple House Dub 5:06 Thieves In The Temple single Remix Contains Joker laughing (sampled from Batman); see Thieves In The Temple for more details
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Purple Medley (Edit) 3:14 Purple Medley single Edit See Purple Medley for more details
All The Critics Love U In London 7:05 Indigo Nights Live Played in background as audience talk about Prince; See All The Critics Love U In London for details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Batdance Studio Original full-length recording with additional segments
Batdance (John Luongo Remix) Remix Remix featuring additional rap by Big Daddy Kane
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This song uses the LinnDrum, the successor of the Linn LM-1 usually utilized by Prince, at least for the clap sound.

References
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