Prince's Batdance and 1989's Batman

videosPrince is all over the news today because he used his guitar as a phallic symbol during his half-time show at Super Bowl XLI. Imagine that, Prince being sexually suggestive. Will wonders never cease. Have these people never listened to Darling Nikki?

The summer of 1989 was the summer I turned fifteen. The most anticipated film that summer was Batman. I had the tee shirt, we had the big cups they were giving away at McDonald's (or was it Burger King?) and Muchmusic was playing the video for Prince's Batdance on very high rotation.

Batdance was kitschy fun. It helped me memorize many of the best lines before I saw the movie. You never hear it or see it any more, but if you remember videos from the spring and summer of '89, you remember this one.

For the record, I absolutely loved the movie. I even bought the soundtrack on cassette. All subsequent Batman flicks paled in comparison.


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Jill

Mike if you want to hear Prince at his best listen to the album Dirty Mind, Contravesy and the double Lp 1999. That is Prince at his best. The Batman album is alright..... trying to mimic the early days of Prince but Batdance has to be the worst song on that album.

February 7, 2007 @ 6:15 PM

Mike Boon

Don't get me wrong, this isn't an example of Prince's finer work. I was 15 and still thought it was campy fun.

My favourite Prince is When Doves Cry...

February 7, 2007 @ 6:30 PM

Mike H

I'm a big fan of Tim Burton's Batman, but you really need to give Batman Begins a watch if you haven't already. It makes the other movies pale in comparision.

February 7, 2007 @ 6:55 PM

Al

Mike,

The first Batman was the best of that series. Michael Keaton was an odd choice and ended up being the best one of them all. I really enjoyed Batman Begins, it was dark and not as kitchy as the subsequent sequels to Tim Burton's film. I really liked Batdance, it was pure fun.

BTW, Prince rocked at the Superbowl!

February 8, 2007 @ 10:40 AM

Mike Boon

My brother Steve and I were chatting about Prince's Superbowl performance last night.

I thought he was great, and I couldn't believe he covered the Foo. I'm sure when the Foo Fighters covered Darling Nikki Prince was pissed about it. I've read quotes that suggest he wasn't a happy camper. I think Prince covered Foo on the largest stage of all as some sort of retaliation.

Am I crazy? Sure, Dave Grohl probably loved it, but that's not the point. How many people out there now think Best Of You is a Prince original covered by the Foo Fighters?

February 8, 2007 @ 10:42 AM

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