Partyman

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Last week we lost another one of our legendary musicians, Prince. For me, the first time I really took notice of what an incredible artist he was was when I heard his songs in Batman. I was already familiar with “When Doves Cry”, “Little Red Corvette” and “1999”, but as an 8-year-old obsessed with Batman… Prince became that much cooler to me. I ended up getting the soundtrack on cassette and would listen to it over and over on my yellow Sony Walkman. Ah, memories. Here’s the full version of “Partyman” from the Batman Soundtrack…

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 20, 1989

TRIVIA: The Batman Soundtrack was quickly recorded in six weeks—from mid-February to late March 1989—and Prince used three tracks recorded earlier: “Electric Chair”, “Scandalous”, and “Vicki Waiting” (originally known as “Anna Waiting”, named for his then-girlfriend Anna Fantastic). Originally, the songs “1999” and “Baby I’m a Star” from earlier albums were slated to be used in the film, but Prince instead recorded an entire album’s worth of material with Batman samples and lyrics. It was also originally planned to be Prince performing the funk songs, and Michael Jackson would perform the love ballads; this plan was unfruitful. The album was performed entirely by Prince, with a few exceptions: Sheena Easton duets with Prince on “The Arms of Orion”, “Trust” features a sampled horn part by Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss, and “The Future” features strings by Clare Fischer sampled from the then-unreleased 1986 track “Crystal Ball” and samples of the Sounds of Blackness choir. “Batdance” includes a sample of Prince’s technician Matthew Larson, and “Partyman” features the vocal performance of then-girlfriend Anna Garcia (credited as Anna Fantastic).

BONUS VIDEOS: Here’s the scene from Batman in which “Partyman” is featured. I always loved this scene.

And another scene from Batman featuring the awesome track, “Trust”.

See you next Tuesday!!

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