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US 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Batman (1989 film) soundtrack
B-side "When 2 R in Love"
"Sex" (12")
Released November 28, 1989
Format 7" single, 12" single, maxi single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, October 17, 1988
Genre Soul
Length 7" edit: 4:12
Album: 6:15
Long version: 19:15
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"The Arms of Orion"
"Thieves in the Temple"
"The Arms of Orion"
"Thieves in the Temple"
Prince (GER) singles chronology
"The Arms of Orion"
(1989) The Arms of Orion1989
(1989) Scandalous!1989
"The Future"
(1990) The Future1990
Alternative cover

"Scandalous" is the eighth track on Prince's soundtrack album Batman and was released as the album's fourth single, five months after the album was released. The music is attributed to Prince and his father, John L. Nelson. A maxi-single was released after the single, titled The Scandalous Sex Suite, which contained a three part 19 minute suite of the song Scandalous, the three parts named The Crime, The Passion and The Rapture. Kim Basinger, who played the character Vicki Vale in Batman, also appeared on the maxi-single.[1][2]

As Prince's final single released in the 1980s, "Scandalous!" reached number five on the US R&B singles chart.[1]

Due to licensing issues with the Batman franchise, Prince was not allowed to include songs from this album on any compilations. Even on concert T-shirts listing Prince's albums, the Batman title was replaced by the song "Scandalous!".[3]Nevertheless, an alternate pressing of the single (and not the EP) features the Batman logo in a dark blue background.


According to Prince's sister Sharon Nelson, Prince and his father started penning lyrics at a nightclub together in 1988 off of the Lovesexy tour. "That night after the show we went to a club on 14th St. called Nell’s, and Prince saw someone eating French Fries and asked if we wanted to share some, he ordered a big plate of French fries with cheese, and then didn’t even eat any. --- This same night Prince and Dad were looking at a girl in the club and this was where they started working on Scandalous together, exchanging lyrics on a napkin as if they were playing a game of tic tack toe right there at the table at Nell’s".

Track listings[edit]

7" single (Scandalous!)

  1. "Scandalous!" (edit) – 4:12
  2. "When 2 R in Love" – 3:58

12"/CD single (The Scandalous Sex Suite)

  1. "The Crime" – 6:25
  2. "The Passion" – 6:20
  3. "The Rapture" – 6:30
  4. "Sex "the '80s are over and the time has come 4 monogamy and trust"" – 6:56
  5. "When 2 R in Love" – 3:58
  6. "Partyman" (The Purple Party Mix) – 6:02 (Japan EP bonus track)
  7. "Partyman" (Partyman Music Mix Remix) – 4:31 (Japan EP bonus track)
  8. "Partyman" (The Video Mix) – 6:20 (Japan EP bonus track)
  9. "Feel U Up" (Short Stroke) – 3:42 (Japan EP bonus track)


Chart (1989–90) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 95
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 45
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 21
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 5


  1. ^ a b "Scandalous!". Prince Vault. 
  2. ^ "Scandalous". Prince Vault. 
  3. ^ "Prince Tour T-Shirt (IMAGE)". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ " – Prince – Scandalous!" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ " – Prince – Scandalous!" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  7. ^ " – Prince – Scandalous!" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Prince – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Prince. Retrieved May 3, 2016.

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