"All is Well in Gotham City" – the Batman Album

I finally listened to the “Batman” soundtrack by Prince. I didn’t think I would enjoy it, but I did! As I mentioned last week, I really like “The Future” and “Trust.”

However, the best song on the soundtrack is, by far, “Vicki Waiting.” I just love the melody, and the joke that Prince tells on the track is hilarious! I would repeat it, but…well, just listen to the song.

“Vicki Waiting” also provides some insight into Prince’s romantic relationships. According to other biographers, the song was originally titled “Anna Waiting,” and it’s about Prince’s ex-girlfriend Anna Garcia (by the way, I’ve been waiting for over two years to interview her. Maybe it’ll happen one day). The lyrics confirm some things that Jill Jones shared with me in my interview with her. I can’t wait to write about the song in my book!

I think my next favorite song is “Partyman.” It’s just great fun! My least favorite tracks? “The Arms of Orion,” followed by “Batdance.”

I still have to do a close reading of each song’s lyrics, but “The Future” seems to be the most spiritual song on the album.

Be back next week! Thanks for reading!

What is your favorite track on the Batman album?

"Black and White, Red and Green" – the Batman Movie

I’ve been planning to start researching the “Batman” era of Prince’s life and career, and I finally watched the 1989 Tim Burton film on Sunday. I hadn’t seen it since I was little, and I didn’t remember much. I figured I’d watch the movie and then listen to Prince’s soundtrack.

It was really cool seeing Prince’s name high in the opening credits. I felt really excited for him; landing the opportunity to do the “Batman” soundtrack was likely a huge deal.

I thought the movie was decent. Jack Nicholson did a superb job as the Joker; he definitely stole the show. The “Partyman” scene was great. I wonder how much of the scene was conceived prior to Prince’s involvement. I also appreciated the purple outfit. I don’t know enough right now to determine the extent of Prince’s influence on Nicholson’s character; I still have a lot of research to do.

I didn’t see any themes in the movie that might relate to the subject matter of my book. Some say that there are parallels between the Joker character and Prince. I don’t know enough about the Joker’s psychology to offer an opinion. Burton’s movie didn’t really provide a detailed character analysis.

I’m looking forward to listening to the soundtrack from beginning to end. Prior to watching the movie, I was only familiar with “The Future,” which I love. “Trust” also stood out to me while I watched the film. I also can’t wait to listen to Peach & Black‘s analysis of the album.

Do you like Tim Burton’s first Batman movie? 

"Now, There Must be a Wedding" – Interview with Ali Zampino

Happy Monday! I typically post on Tuesdays, but I will be in Cleveland all day tomorrow for a business trip, so I thought I’d publish a little early. I’m so pleased to announce that I interviewed Ali Zampino, a flower girl in Prince’s 1996 wedding to Mayte Garcia!

Zampino was only seven years old when she participated in the wedding, so she doesn’t remember much, but our conversation was still valuable. I found out why Prince and Garcia had a total of six flower girls in their wedding. While Zampino didn’t have much contact with Prince, she did interact with Garcia. It was nice to hear her impression of Prince’s now ex-wife.

Zampino has generously agreed to share pictures with me and put me in touch with other sources who might be helpful for the book. It’s so important to talk with everyone regardless of how close they are to Prince–you just never know whom they know and what doors they can open for you.

I wish I could share more, but I can’t give everything away before the book comes out!