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 canceled a scheduled Paris vacation to write and produce songs for the movie. A month after the meeting with Burton, he played the director eight songs, all of them synchronized to the film. Burton rejected some of them (including "Rave the Joy Fantastic," and "200 Balloons"), but liked most of what he heard and asked for two additional songs. "Trust" and "Partyman" were quickly offered by the Purple One. In the end, six Prince songs were used in the film:
"Batdance" was not used in the movie, and Prince never offered it up. Comprised of bits Prince pieced together overnight from music, sounds and dialogue from the movie, it served as a companion piece for the film and was essentially promotional vehicle for Batman