Prince Is Batman, No, I Mean Partyman

While I should have the full soundtrack, I sadly do not. Yet. I’ll keep my eye out for it, but in the meantime, I’ll need to deal with just these three singles from the Batman soundtrack.

Batman is the eleventh studio album by American recording artist Prince and is the soundtrack album to the 1989 film Batman. It was released in June 1989 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was No. 1 on the Billboard album chart for six consecutive weeks. It has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

“Partyman” is one of the few on the album that is prominently featured in the film, accompanying the scene in which the Joker and his minions gleefully deface the exhibits in the Gotham City Art Museum before meeting Vicki Vale.

“The Arms of Orion” is a slow, romantic duet written by Sheena Easton, performed with Prince from the 1989 Batman soundtrack. Released as the third single from the soundtrack, the song was a top 40 hit in the US, peaking at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Batdance” reached number one in the U.S., becoming Prince’s fourth number-one single, and first since 1986’s “Kiss”. The track is an amalgam of many musical ideas floating around in Prince’s brain at the time. Elements from at least seven songs (some unreleased) were incorporated into “Batdance”: “200 Balloons”, “We Got the Power”, “House in Order”, “Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic” (later released on the album, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic), “The Future”, and “Electric Chair”, as well as the 1966 “Batman Theme” by Neal Hefti. Some of these were mere snippets, and other segments showed up only in remixes of the track. The song was also loaded with dialog samples from the film.


Side One


Side Two

Feel U Up


Side One

The Arms of Orion

Side Two

I Love You in Me


Side One


Side Two

200 Balloons

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