Automatic (Prince song)
Australian 7" single
|Single by Prince|
|from the album 1999|
|B-side||"Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)"|
|Recorded||Sunset Sound, May 2, 1982|
|Length||9:28 (Album version)|
3:38 (Single edit)
|Prince singles chronology|
|Prince (AUS) singles chronology|
"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.
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.
"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!".