Video: I Wish U Heaven

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1989: Batdance
I Wish U Heaven

I Wish U Heaven music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: Week of 19 September 1988
Producer(s): Prince
Director: Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Related home video/DVD:
First (Commercially) Released: 18 August 2017


Date Institution, Country Award
This music video has not received any awards in the USA

I Wish U Heaven is a Prince video released for broadcast and to promote the single.

It was filmed at S.I.R. in Los Angeles, California on 2 June 1988 before the Lovesexy Tour commenced. It was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, who had also shot the cover for Lovesexy, and who had also previously directed Jill Jones’ video for Mia Bocca.

In style, it is not too far removed from the Alphabet St. video. It features Prince singing the song in a computer generated background of light blue sky. The title I Wish U Heaven floats through the images, in the font made by Margo Chase as used for the song titles on the album. Other images include the figurines Prince had also on a necklace, as seen on the front of the Lovesexy Tourbook. It has the girls in the band (Sheila E., Cat and Boni Boyer) singing back up. While Sheila is also hitting a snare drum. In some shots Prince is over-imposed in a close-up, when he is also shown in the background. There are also images of a blueish green apple on a branch, and a humming bird, the deeper meaning of which (if any) is uncertain.

Extra footage for this video, possibly the scenes with Boni Boyer was shot in the Met Center, Bloomington, MN on 15 September 1988 at 11 AM before the second Lovesexy Tour show in that venue.

Two versions of this video were made. The initial one did not have Boni Boyer in it and some of the objects floating in and out of the scene are different.

Of note, the video features the last appearance of Sheila E., Cat Glover and Boni Boyer in a Prince video.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
2 June 1988 S.I.R. Los Angeles, CA, USA
15 September 1988 Met Center, Bloomington, MN, USA additional footage with Boni Boyer
  • Prince - producer
  • Jean-Baptiste Mondino - director
  • Mark Plummer - cinematography
  • Fred Raimondi - special effects
  • Maury Rosenfled - special effects
  • Steve Purcell - editor

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Wish U Heaven 2:48 promo only

Prince streaming video platforms (2017)
Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

B version

Unreleased Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Wish U Heaven 2:51 unreleased A version slightly different images
Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

  • An unreleased slightly alternate version of this video exist. Its colors seem to have more of a green hue and there are less lyrics and objects floating through the screen, which are sometimes also in a different color. Instead there are more close-up shots of Prince singing, but at no point the alternate take is spectacularly different. The alternate also runs three seconds longer, but this is mostly the fade out at the end which is slightly extended.
  • The video was nominated for Best Special Effects in a Video at 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Footage of I Wish U Heaven was later included in the Nothing Compares 2 U video.

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