Prince & Big Daddy Kane's "Batdance" (Remix) Sees The Light Of Day
Once deemed too much of a risk by the label and subsequently shelved, Prince and producer John Luongo's "Batdance" (Remix) finally sees the light of day. The track produced and recorded in 1989 boasts two verses from Big Daddy Kane, which he reportedly came up with on the spot in the studio. The final mix from Luongo combines Kane's bars with new vocals from Prince and a chop of the 1960s Batman theme. The end result is a funked up boom-bap rendition of the anthem that captures the true essence and brilliance of both artists. Unfortunately, Warner decided the remix was "weird" and tabled the track. Luongo talks the particulars in conversation with the L.A. Times:
So what happened to the song?
The whole thing, recording, mix and editing, took a day and a half. But I had a deadline! I remember FedEx was there waiting as I did my best to finish up, so we could make the next plane to rush it over to L.A. and Minnesota to let Warner Bros. and Prince hear what I had done. ... And then Warner Bros. said they didn’t like it; it was too different. And that was it. They didn’t release it.
Spotted at GWHH.