I'm pretty sure it's going to be another rough day at work, so I'm starting the day off right. With Prince!
I made an iTunes playlist called Ultimate Batman. Let's explore...
Back in 1989, Tim Burton presented a reimaging of the Batman franchise. As with Burton's other films, Danny Elfman created the score to the film, but the "Soundtrack" was a new album by Prince. I was so inpired by the sound of this album. It's very dark for a Prince album, only to be out-darked by Graffiti Bridge. Just about every song on the album has one or more soundbytes from the movie integrated in to the song. I just love that.
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 2 tough
It's just that I've seen the future
And boy it's rough
I love this song. When I was in high school, I wanted to start a band, just so we could play this song, ok and Smells Like Teen Spirit. I should try to record a cover.
The Arms of Orion
Duet with Sheena Easton! Yay! Whenever I hear this, I sing Prince's part and Sheena accompanies me.
"Rules and regulations - no place in his nation"
I think there's a CD single of this one. I want it.
The Scandalous Sex Suite (The Crime, The Passion, The Rapture)
For Ultimate Batman, I replaced the original Scandalous with the epic, 20-minute version. There's a lot of Kim Bassinger making weird noises in this version. At this time, Prince and Kim were dating, and as with all of Prince's other dates, she thought she was on the cusp of a recording career. Ha ha. Fail.
This song is a hot mess and I love it for that. It seems like what happened here is Prince took all of his outtakes from the album, and made a fun mix of them. I guess it works.
"Hey Ducky, let me stick the 7-inch in the computer."
Outtake that appears on the Batdance single. It's not the best Prince song, but it fits in seamlessly with songs like Trust and Lemon Crush. I would have left it in.
This song is funky as hell. The full title is actually SEX ("THE 80'S ARE OVER AND THE TIME HAS COME 4 MONOGAMY AND TRUST"). How bout that...
Dance with the Devil
I just rememebered this song this morning. I wikipedia'd it today. Turns out this was supposed to close the album, but Prince thought it was too dark and replaced it with Batdance. It is really dark. A very minimal beat with lots of soundbytes of Jack Nicholson saying Joker-y things.
In the summer of 1989, my family and I went to Europe for three weeks. We mostly stayed in an apartment in Amsterdam, but we also took day trips to Germany and England. We had a rental car and did a lot of driving. For most of our travel time, I listened to the Batman soundtrack incessantly. I have the entire album very memorized, and whenever I hear anything from it, I can't help but to sing along.
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