Prisoner of Love (Tin Machine song)

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"Prisoner of Love"
TinMachine PrisonerOfLove.jpg
Single by Tin Machine
from the album Tin Machine
B-side "Baby Can Dance" (Live)
Released October 1989
Format 7"/12"/CD single
Recorded August 1988 - early 1989;
studio material recorded at
Mountain Studios, Montreux Switzerland,
and Compass Point Studios, Nassau
live recording
25th of June 1989;
at La Cigale, Paris
Genre Rock
Length 4:09
Label EMI
MT 76
Writer(s) David Bowie
Tin Machine singles chronology
"Tin Machine"/
"Maggie's Farm (live)"
"Prisoner of Love"
David Bowie: "Fame '90"
Tin Machine:
"You Belong in Rock n' Roll"

"Prisoner of Love" is a song by Tin Machine taken from their eponymous debut album. It was issued as their third single in October 1989. Bowie claimed at the time he wrote the song for his then-partner Melissa Hurley. It reads as worldly advice from the singer, warning the subject off drugs among other things – Bowie's social conscience is a recurring theme of Tin Machine.

"Prisoner of Love" was backed by live tracks recorded at La Cigale, Paris on 25 June 1989, and had a novel heart-shaped 12" picture disc release. It failed to chart in the UK or the US.

Track listing[edit]

7" version

  1. "Prisoner of Love" (Edit) (Bowie, Gabrels, Sales, Sales) – 4:09
  2. "Baby Can Dance" (Live) (Bowie) – 6:16

12"/CD version

  1. "Prisoner of Love" (Edit) (Bowie, Gabrels, Sales, Sales) – 4:09
  2. "Baby Can Dance" (Live) (Bowie) – 6:16
  3. "Crack City" (Live) (Bowie) – 5:13
  4. "Prisoner of Love" (LP version) (Bowie, Gabrels, Sales, Sales) – 4:15

Credits and personnel[edit]



Additional musicians


  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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