Video: Kiss

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1986: Mountains

Kiss music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: Week of 24 February 1986
Producer(s): Steve Fargnoli
Director: Rebecca Blake
Related home video/DVD: The Hits Collection
First (Commercially) Released: 14 September 1993


Date Institution, Country Award
5th annual American Video Awards, USA 26 Feb. 1987 Best Black Video

Kiss is a Prince and the Revolution video released for broadcast and to promote the single.

The video was filmed in mid-February with two days of rehearsals and preparation on 11 and 12 February 1986 and post-production the days after the shoot on 13 February at Laird International Studios, Culver City, California.

Although Kiss was the lead single for the Under The Cherry Moon soundtrack, it does not feature footage from the film (contrary to the first singles released from the Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge which also functioned as make-shift trailers for the respective movies).

In the video, Prince does the Wooden leg dance, created as a response to Morris Day's song The Oak Tree. Prince re-used this choreography for Kiss when performed live on most future tours. The idea of the veiled woman, in the video portrayed by Dutch dance Monique Mannen, was an integral part of the performance of the song on the Sign O' The Times, Lovesexy and Diamonds And Pearls tours.

It was the first Prince video directed by photographer Rebecca Blake. She would work again with Prince in 1991 for Cream and Diamonds And Pearls. She also directed Sheena Easton's video for Eternity (penned by Prince) in 1987.

The Kiss video was included on The Hits Collection in 1993.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
13 February 1986 Laird International Studios, Culver City, CA, USA
  • Steve Fargnoli - producer
  • Graham Cottle - executive producer
  • Rebecca Blake - director
  • Dan Auerbach - assistant to director
  • Tony Basile - production manager/ 1st assistant director
  • Jeff Sachs - 2nd assistant director
  • Shirley Bukrey - production coordinator
  • Bob Elliot - director of photography
  • John LeBlanc - camera operator
  • Victor Nikaido - 1st assistant camera
  • David Parrish- 2nd assistant camera
  • Carol Davis - script supervisor
  • Chris Hill - video assist
  • Ken Isley - playback operator
  • Stan Harris - art director
  • Carol Harris - assistant art director
  • Larry Grosman - props
  • Bob Bocchieri - props
  • Chris Doherty - props
  • Dicran Donilian - creative consultant
  • Robyn Lynch - makeup (Prince)
  • Earl Jones - hairdresser (Prince)
  • Danny Valesco - make-up
  • Mary France - principal wardrobe
  • Beth Sidla - assistant wardrobe
  • Louis Falco - choreographer
  • Roger Montoya - assistant choreographer
  • Tim Phellps - gaffer
  • Gary Stark - best boy electrician
  • Bob Fillis - electrician
  • Bob Fiore - electrician
  • Bob Ahern - electrician
  • Terry Neville - electrician
  • C.D. Simpson - vari lite operator
  • Arthur Smith - 2nd vari lite operator
  • Jonathan Woolf - key grip
  • Bob Fisher - best boy grip
  • Rick Davis - dolly grip
  • Tom Slokum - grip
  • Bill Pearson - rigging grip
  • Claude Fullerton - rigging grip
  • Jeff Smith - rigging grip
  • Doug Cole - production auditor
  • Crystal Lujan - casting director
  • Magic Casting - extra casting
  • Lee Kissink - extra casting
  • Michael Blum - extra casting
  • Julio Flores - craft services
  • Nancy Spivak - assistant to Rebecca Blake in NYC
  • Lisa Beasley - production assistant
  • Stuart Hagen - production assistant
  • Joe Fiacco - production assistant
  • Veyler Hildebrand - office runner
  • Deke Donelian - camera operator
  • Steve Purcell - editor

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Kiss 3:56 The Story So Far... (1986)

The Hits Collection (1993)
Under The Cherry Moon (2004 DVD release)
Prince streaming video platforms (2017)
Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

Music Videos (Prince) Music Videos (Related Artists) 1986