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Director Tim Burton asked Prince to contribute songs for his Batman movie (at the time, he was using "1999" and "Baby I'm a Star" on a temporary soundtrack). Prince accepted while watching a rough cut of the movie and noticed four places in the film that would be "natural" locations for his songs.
Prince pieced this together overnight from music, sounds and dialogue from the movie Batman.
Because of the abundance of music available for the movie (Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo created the instrumental score), there were two soundtrack albums... Elfman's and Prince's. Everything that Prince composed for the movie, whether it was used or not, went onto his album... even something not offered to Burton for Batman: "Batdance."
Prince canceled a scheduled Paris vacation to write and produce songs for the movie. A month after the meeting with Burton, he played eight songs, all of them synchronized to the film. Burton rejected three of them (an instrumental theme, "Rave the Joy Fantastic," and "200 Balloons"), liked the other five and asked if Prince could supply two more. "Trust" and "Partyman" were quickly offered by the Purple One.
The video shows Prince playing himself and a half-Batman, half-Joker character named "Gemini." Fifteen dancers portrayed Batman, Jokers, and Vicki Vales. (thanks Brad Wind - Miami, FL for all above)
The single version included "200 Balloons," which was not included on the album.
This was Prince's first #1 hit since "Kiss" in early 1986. He would have one more in each country, "Cream" (1991, US) and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (1994, UK).
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