Automatic (Prince song)

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Australian 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album 1999
B-side "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)"
Released August 1983
Format 7" single
Recorded Sunset Sound, May 2, 1982[1]
Genre Pop, new wave, funk, dance
Length 9:28 (Album version)
3:38 (Single edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Let's Pretend We're Married"
"When Doves Cry"
Prince (AUS) singles chronology
"When Doves Cry"
1999 track listing
"Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)"

"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 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, where he is tied to a bed. The video was not released through conventional outlets (It was only released as a promotional video for dance clubs), possibly due to its risqué content in regard to the aforementioned masochistic whipping, 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.".[3] The song reappeared in 2002 at some aftershows in a medley with the Graffiti Bridge song "Shake!".


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