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10 Songs From 'Batman' Soundtracks You Probably Forgot About

by Drew Taylor
July 18, 2012 12:01 PM
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Seal, "Kiss from a Rose" from "Batman Forever"
As the years wear on, "Batman Forever" is looking more and more like the least memorable Batman entry in the entire pantheon, largely because of its blandness and naked eagerness to please (by comparison, "Batman & Robin" is a more enjoyable mess), but Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" is still stuck in our heads. Originally released in 1994 as part of Seal's second self-titled album (known as Seal II by people who like to talk about this kind of thing), it was re-released for the "Batman Forever" soundtrack and promptly blew up. It's woozy romanticism and darkly tinged feel were supposed to evoke the relationship between Val Kilmer's Bruce Wayne and Nicole Kidman's Chase Meridian, originally intended to play over a scene where those two get it on. It didn't end up with that scene but rather was saved for the end credits, which is for the best anyway because you can't help but sing along really, really loudly.

Prince, "Partyman" and "Trust" from "Batman"
"Partyman" and "Trust" are two Prince songs that are actually used in the movie, and they're used marvelously. "Partyman" accompanies a scene where the Joker, in one of the more bizarre and intangible plot threads of the movie, decides to assert himself as some kind of art world deconstructionist, going to a Gotham museum and garishly painting over priceless paintings and sculptures. The scene doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense, but at least with the Prince song, it has a certain amount of bounce (also the idea that one of the Joker's henchmen is being brought along simply to hold a boom box is sort of amazing). The second song, inspired by the Joker's line "Hubba-hubba-hubba-hubba, who do you trust?" plays over a sequence where the Joker rolls through town on a parade float, passing out money, while plotting to kill the citizens of Gotham with giant balloons filled with poison gas (no, this doesn't make much sense either). This song is not only a really great party jam and captures the frenzied mood of the sequence, but is a testament to Prince's rapid-fire genius -- the "Batman" album was made in six weeks, sometimes incorporating demos or previously recorded songs, modified to fit the super-heroic purposes.

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  • Kevin Peterson | July 4, 2014 10:51 PMReply

    Tia Carrere's song from Mask of the Phantasm?

  • Sasquatch | July 25, 2012 5:34 PMReply

    I prefer "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning" rather than "The End is the Beginning is the End"

  • crossing the river | July 19, 2012 3:48 PMReply

    Actually, "The Future" is played during the casino scene.

  • Holden | July 19, 2012 6:49 AMReply

    Underworld - Moaner (Batman & Robin)

  • Sam | July 18, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    half of these are songs i immediately think of when people say Songs from a Batman Soundtrack. you failed.

  • Dryer | July 18, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    I still laugh thinking about when I was 9 blasting the '89 soundtrack cassette on my parents stereo system and singing along. But one particular song Bat Dance I was completely oblivious to the induendo lyric, let me stick the 7" in your computer. Today kids would probably would pick up on it right away. The soundtrack surprisingly still holds up today, have "Vickie Waiting" on my iPod.

  • Gabe Toro | July 18, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    R. Kelly's "Gotham City" is the greatest thing to ever happen to Batman.

  • Jonathan | July 18, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    What, no Sunny Day Real Estate!? That Batman Forever soundtrack was the greatest thing in the world in 1995. And how could anyone ever forget that "Kiss From A Rose" was on a Batman soundtrack. The music video is burned into my brain.

  • cirkusfolk | July 18, 2012 1:35 PMReply

    It's amazing that U2's song got nomed for a Razzie when it was also nomed for a Golden Globe. Now it didn't get an Oscar nom but imo opinion should've won one. It's an awesome mix of rock/electronic with some cool orchestration and great Bono vocals. Also samples a riff from T. Rex which is a plus.

  • The Playlist | July 18, 2012 3:48 PM

    +1 Fred.

  • Fred | July 18, 2012 1:49 PM

    I can believe it. Such a godawful song.

  • JD | July 18, 2012 1:26 PMReply

    "The Future" actually is in the first Burton Batman--it's in the opening scenes, playing faintly in the background as the family walks through the streets of Gotham City, as if it's on a radio or something.

    And yeah, Prince's Batman album deserves a lot more respect. : )

  • | July 18, 2012 1:21 PMReply

    "eye" the smashing pumpkins song they contributed to the david lynch film "lost highway" is actually the first song they recorded after MCIS not the batman song

  • Marko | July 18, 2012 12:52 PMReply

    For a really forgotten pop song from a Batman soundtrack, there's "I Never Even Told You" by Tia Carrere from the Mask of the Phantasm soundtrack.

    Of course that song is terrible.

  • juicebox | July 18, 2012 12:28 PMReply

    While I appreciate its inclusion, I would disagree that people don't associate "Kiss From A Rose" with Batman Forever... I remember it being such a weird match as to be unforgettable.

  • Jesse | July 18, 2012 3:32 PM

    That song is the only thing most people remember from that film. In fact, the other day when I brought it up, a friend of mine replied with 'is that the movie with Seal?'

  • Rodrigo at The Playlist | July 18, 2012 12:25 PMReply

    I fucking loathe all these songs and most of these movies. Take that as evidence that we're not a hive mind and our writers have their own say.

  • rotch | July 18, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    great piece, but the headline is not accurate. as you well say, 'kiss from a rose' is far from forgotten, as are most of the tracks. 10 Songs From 'Batman' Soundtracks You Probably Forgot Where From 'Batman' Soundtracks seems more accurate.

  • cirkusfolk | July 18, 2012 12:17 PMReply

    Really cool piece. I love both Partyman and Trust which I felt were always better than the single Batdance. I'm also glad u included the Pumpkins track although I vastly prefer the slow version which we used on the trailer to Watchmen.

  • Katie Walsh | July 18, 2012 12:15 PMReply

    The Batman Forever soundtrack is the first CD I bought. True Story. Also probably still my fave Batman movie-- saw it at a very impressionable age. CALL ME WHEN TDKR FEATURES CHRIS O'DONNELL'S ROBIN CODPIECE.

  • Arthur | July 18, 2012 3:43 PM

    Ha ha! I love it how this post made the Staff all nerdy and sweet instead of.. you know, mean.

  • Katie Walsh | July 18, 2012 12:16 PM

    Someone ban me from commenting on Batman posts.

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