Daily Archives: May 19, 2014

Radio XXXVI, side A, track 5: “Batdance” by Prince

Prince - BatdanceOh, Prince, where the hell do I even begin?!?!  This song marked the beginning of a new age for us comic book fans.  Finally, FINALLY, someone was making a big-screen adaptation of a comic book character and they were really taking it seriously.  Growing up, I had to take what I could get.  Which wasn’t much.  There was “The Incredible Hulk” TV show, which was all right, but no offense to Lou Ferrigno, ain’t no actor in the world who could pull off being the Hulk.  There was “Spider-man and His Amazing Friends”, narrated by Stan “The Man” himself, and while they did have some pretty cool cameos from throughout the Marvel universe, it wasn’t the best cartoon ever.  I’d been a little too young to truly appreciate the first two “Superman” movies, and so the first one I really remember is “Superman III”.  With Richard Pryor.  Yeah.  Oh, and then we had “Howard The Duck”.

You see what I’m saying, Prince.  Unlike these days, where there’s a new comic book movie every month, the release of “Batman” was absolutely huge.  While I was more of a Marvel guy, I still appreciated the Batman, and all the previews that were playing on TV made it look amazing.  Living where I did, brand new movies didn’t always get to us until a few weeks or even months after they were released, so I wasn’t going to be able to see “Batman” on opening night, but thanks to you, Prince, I got to get an exciting preview of the movie every night on my radio.

I can’t overstate enough how much I loved this song, Prince.  I’ve probably listened to this song more than any other song I’ve ever heard.  I analyzed this song like the Zapruder film, Prince.  When I realized that there were actually audio snippets from the movie in this. . .oh heavenly dog!!!!  You could actually hear clips of the Joker and Batman!!!!

Not to mention, I just flippin’ loved the song.  And I flippin’ still do, Prince.  I hadn’t listened to it in many a year, but as soon as I hit play, I was right back in my bedroom, reading any magazine or newspaper article I could get my hands on for any reviews or behind-the-scenes scoops, going to the grocery store and buying packs of Batman trading cards with that pointless, rock-hard stick of gum that came with every pack, piecing together the movie’s plot from the cardboard pictures.

I think it’s safe to say that I loved the movie.  My mom drove us all the way to Worthington to see it, and I wasn’t disappointed.  All this writing about it, I’m kinda wanting to watch it again.  Which I’m going to do in the next few days, you can count on that.

Looking back, I of course realize that my exuberant youthful excitement maybe clouded my judgment a little bit.  Tim Burton’s an amazing aesthetic guy, but not always the greatest director.  His films are always beautiful to look at, but. . .

You know what?  Screw that.  I loved “Batman”.  I pretty much peed my pants when that mugger cries out “What are you?!?!?” and Michael Keaton growls “I’m Batman”.  HELL YEAH he is!!!!  “Batman” was a big goddamn deal to me when I was a kid, Prince, and this song only fueled my fanboy ardor.  As I’m sure you already guessed, this is definitely not the last time I recorded this off the radio, so we’ll talk again, maybe about Batman, maybe about my beloved Spider-man, maybe even about my own characters.  Regardless, thanks for giving me an excuse to geek out about “Batman” all over again.

“Batdance”

“Oh, I got a live one here!”
<maniacal Joker laughter>

<awesome Prince jam>

Get up y’all, the funk up! (Batmaaaan)

Get up y’all, the funk up! (Batmaaaan)

Get up y’all, the funk up!

“Go, go, go with a smile.”

Ba-ba-batdaaaance

Do it

Keep bustin’

<awesome Prince jam>

(Do it)
Seen the future and it will be (do it, do it)

Seen the future and it will be (d-d-d-d-d)
(Batmaaaan)

(Batmaaan)

Seen the future and it will be

(Batmaaan)
House
Do it, house

“Stop the press”

“Stop the press, who is that?”

“Vicky Vale”

“Vicky Vale”

“I like…”
Batmaaaaan, Batmaaaan, Batmaaaan

“Oh, bats.”

“Hi.”

“Bruce Wayne.”

“I tried to avoid all this, but I can’t.”

“I just gotta know.”

“Are we gonna try ta love each other?”

“Stop the press, who is that?”

“Vicky Vale”

“She is great, isn’t she?”
Ooo, yeah
Ooo, yeah

Wanna bust that body
Ooo, yeah
Ooo, yeah
I wanna bust that body right (“I’d like to.”)

Ooo, yeah
Ooo, yeah (“But he’s out there right now.”)
I wanna bust that body
Ooo, yeah
Ooo, yeah

Tonight
“Well, Miss Vale.” Ooo!

“Ya ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”

“I always ask that of all my prey.”

“I just like the sound of it.”

<gunshots and screams>

“I’ve gotta go ta work.”
(Batmaaan)

“Gotta go ta work.”
(Batmaaan)
(Work, work)
If a man is considered guilty for what goes on in his mind, then gimme th’electric chair for all my future crimes, oh
(Work)

(Work)
Electric chair

Ahhh

Ooooooo
<sniffling>

Hey, Ducky
Let me stick this 7-inch in the computer

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

Heey
Got the poooweeer

Ohhh
Got the soul

Heeey
Got ta sho’ ’nuff get off

Make the devil go, go

(Hey hey)

(Ooo!)

(Hey hey)

(Ooo!)

(Hey hey)
“This town needs an enema!”

<maniacal Joker laughing>

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