Prisoner of Love (Tin Machine song)

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"Prisoner of Love"
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Single by Tin Machine
from the album Tin Machine
B-side"Baby Can Dance" (Live) / "Crack City" (Live)
ReleasedOctober 1989
Format7"/12"/CD single
RecordedAugust 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
GenreRock
Length4:09
LabelEMI
MT 76
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)
Tin Machine singles chronology
"Tin Machine" / "Maggie's Farm (live)"
(1989)
"Prisoner of Love"
(1989)
"You Belong in Rock n' Roll"
(1991)

"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.


Song development[edit]

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.

Live performances and video[edit]

The band elected not to make music videos for singles from the album, and instead created a 13-minute megamix video, in which "Prisoner of Love" was included. The video, directed by Julien Temple, went unreleased commercially until its 30th anniversary in 2019.[1]

"Prisoner of Love" was performed during the 1989 Tin Machine Tour. The single was backed by live tracks recorded at La Cigale, Paris on 25 June 1989, and had a novel heart-shaped 7" 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]

Producers

Musicians

Additional musicians

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLennan, Scott (3 June 2019). "David Bowie & I: Socks, Sax & Sex Shops". Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5