Automatic (Prince song)

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"Automatic"
Australian 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album 1999
B-side "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)"
Released 1983
Format 7" single
Recorded Sunset Sound and Minneapolis 1982
Genre Pop, new wave, funk, dance
Length 9:28
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Delirious"
(1983)
"Automatic"
(1983)
"Let's Pretend We're Married"
(1983)
Prince (AUS) chronology
"Delirious"
(1983)
"Automatic"
(1983)
"When Doves Cry"
(1984)
1999 track listing
"D.M.S.R."
(5)
"Automatic"
(6)
"Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)"
(7)

"Automatic" is a song by Prince from his 1982 album, 1999. It was released as a 7" single only in Australia, with the B-side of "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)".

A promotional music video directed by Bruce Gowers, who previously directed the "1999" video as well as videos from Queen, Rod Stewart and John Mellencamp, was produced for the song, which features band mates Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones whipping Prince in a simulated S&M session. The video was not released through conventional outlets (It was only released as a promotional video for dance clubs.) but circulates amongst collectors.

"Automatic" was first played during the 1999 Tour. Later it was a featured number during Prince's 1986 Parade tour. The song was part of a mini-1999 medley consisting of a short instrumental segment of "Lady Cab Driver", "Automatic", and a very brief "D.M.S.R.". The song reappeared in 2002 at some aftershows in a medley with the Graffiti Bridge song "Shake!".

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