Automatic (Prince song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Australian 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album 1999
B-side"Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)"
ReleasedAugust 1983
Format7" single
RecordedSunset Sound, May 2, 1982[1]
Length9:28 (Album version)
3:38 (Single edit)
LabelWarner Bros.
Prince singles chronology
"Let's Pretend We're Married"
"When Doves Cry"
Prince (AUS) singles chronology
"When Doves Cry"

"Automatic" is a song by American musician Prince from his 1982 album, 1999. It was released as a 7" single only in Australia, with "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)" as the B-side. Almost six minutes were edited from the album track for its single release.[2]

Lyrically, the song had bondage-inspired imagery; and a music video directed by Bruce Gowers features band mates Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones whipping Prince in a simulated S&M session, where he is tied to a bed. The video was only released as a promotional clip for dance clubs, but circulates amongst collectors.[citation needed]

"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.".[3] The song reappeared in 2002 at some aftershows in a medley with the Graffiti Bridge song "Shake!".


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Prince - Automatic". Discogs. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  3. ^ goldiesparade - Parade Tour / Hit N Run Tour 1986

External links[edit]