Classic Albums: Batman by Prince

Edit (14/2/17) Prince is now streaming again!

So today of my Classic Albums posts is finally the first soundtrack and it’s just got to be Prince‘s Batman. It’s about time for both these two, you know Prince and movie soundtracks should have been included really. I don’t know why soundtracks are not normally included on these greatest/classic albums list, I’ve been looking at a lot of these type of lists and almost all don’t have any of them. Maybe only one album that’s included because maybe people have some what forgotten or never seen it as a film or because it has labelled it a bad movie and the songs are so great is Prince’s Purple Rain. It’s a great album not doubt about it but if I was to pick one album from his huge back catalogue it would be this Batman soundtrack album. It’s pretty much been my fave of his 80’s album since well the late 80’s. It’s release date was late June 1989 so it’s his final 80’s album too.

Batman was a number one album on the charts but it’s sandwiched in-between two kind-of flop albums, Lovesexy the year before did have Prince totally naked on the cover so that would haven’t have helped and then his first 90’s album Graffiti Bridge wasn’t his most successful too but anyway Batman seems to be a bit of a now under rated album maybe because it’s a soundtrack to a movie that’s a little dated to say the least, I’m not talking about the movie here but will include Tim Burton‘s idea about what Joker the should be was pretty much Prince or was it he was just listening to a lot of Prince while coming up with the idea for Joker, anyway Tim asked Prince for a Joker song and Prince came up with the whole album. Only a couple of the song was used in the movie, Danny Elfman was also scoring the film too.      

Did you know? That when Prince was a very young kid starting to learning to play music, the very first thing he learn was the theme for the 60’s TV show called Batman. Pretty funny, hey?

Right before we get to much more into this, the reason why I’ve NOT got the whole album linked here and you can easily just hit play and listen to it and I’ve got one live clip from a TV show of Electric Chair, two bits from the movie with Partyman and Trust, an edit clip of movie to the Batdance song is before his passing away in 2010’s somewhere Prince told everyone that “the internet was over” or something like that but the point was just pretty much away for people who didn’t have to pay for his music so send his lawyers to remove his stuff from it. If you wanted to listen to it just buy it was his call which you got to say is pretty right on but don’t help to promote him like I guess I’m doing here with this blog post. So guess just buy it yourself if you haven’t yet because it’s great album.

Unlike these movie scenes the album is not dated at all, which is the total opposite to the film but I’ve not watched for a longtime so don’t quote me on that. It’s 45 mins. and a bit with the nine tracks. It’s pretty much Pop music but it’s labeled as Electronic, Rock, Funk & Soul and Synth-music which does cover a lot of bases. The opening song is The Future which you really can’t find anything more futuristic on any of Prince’s albums with some great crazy lyrics too, here’s just one part is:

Yellow Smiley offers me X
Like he’s drinking seven up
I would rather drink 6 razor blades
Razor blades from a paper cup
He can’t understand, I say to tough
It’s just that I’ve seen the future
And boy it’s rough

Electric Chair song is next and I’ve got to say both these two track at the start of the album are just amazing, can I really do justice to them here? I don’t think I say before here that my Mother was a dance teacher when I was a kid and I was thrown out of her own dance class for being bad or misbehaving. Oh, speaking of Bad I don’t know if it’s true if Prince did say “Michael Jackson called his album Bad because he couldn’t fit Pathetic on the album cover” but it’s a great quote if it is true and it seems they didn’t like each other at the time. I really don’t think I can put MJ into this CA list because it would still go against everything but I think Madonna will pop up sometime if you want to know now. Anyway what was I saying before? Mum was a dance teacher and had all these pop singers in the house/home when I was growing up and I do remember dancing around the living room to this album and then I jumped on top of chairs and tables, going totally crazy to these songs and then I think Mum had to turn it off because I was going a little nuts, I was always a little crazy.

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A Partyman gif because you can’t watch the video clip

Partyman, Trust, Lemon Crush and Batdance are all great lepping on top of your furniture songs too, if you wanna know? The Arms Of Orion and Scandalous are the epic big ballads which amazing too, Orion is a duet with Sheena Easton which she co-wrote with Prince. Then maybe Vicki Waiting is my least liked track on the album but I’m not saying it’s a bad song or anything really, there is not a wasted moment on the whole album.

 

So I did find my cassette tape copy the other week too, remember them? So have two versions of the same album, oh well it is that great.

As a bit a of an extra or bonus tracks or something because you can’t listen to the whole album here I’ve found the two remixes to end with, the Vicki Vale and club 12″ both from SoundCloud below. 

Batman track listing and times

1. The Future – 4:08
2. Electric Chair – 4:13
3. The Arms Of Orion – 5:03
4. Partyman – 3:11
5. Vicki Waiting – 4:47
6. Trust – 4:24
7. Lemon Crush – 4:15
8. Scandalous – 6:15
9. Batdance – 6:13

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My Classic Albums are, so far:

Tales From The Australian Underground – Volume 1 & 2 by Various Artists

Station To Station by David Bowie

Unplugged In New York by Nirvana

Rust In Peace by Megadeth

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs by Marty Robbins

Henry’s Dream by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Whatever You Love, You Are by Dirty Three

Gala Mill by The Drones

Black Monk Time by The Monks

Ex Tropical by Lost Animal

Work (Work, Work) by HTRK

In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd

Songs Of Love And Hate by Leonard Cohen

Warm Leatherette by Grace Jones

The White House by The Dead C

Silence Is Sexy by Einstürzende Neubauten

Lulu by Lou Reed & Metallica

Kaira by Toumani Diabaté

Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants

Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth by Dan Kelly And The Alpha Males

Aerial by Kate Bush

The Future by Leonard Cohen

Rock For Light by Bad Brains

Last Splash by The Breeders

Sex by The Necks

Emergency Ward by Nina Simone

Paradise by My Disco

Batman by Prince

So, this was the reason I started this blog. The idea is simply to write page/post about one of my fave album each that I consider a classic album. Please leave your own comments below about each album because I would love to hear what you think/say about them too? cheers!

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3 comments on “Classic Albums: Batman by Prince

  1. “Ooh we gotta live one here! Ahahaha”

    I rewatched this again recently. I remember reading somewhere that Prince & Vicki Vale aka Kim Bassinger spent a night together which resulted in honey all over the mixing desk & her, ahem guest vocal on the outtake ‘Orgasm’ which surfaced on his ’94 LP ‘Come’. Now whatever was that about?

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