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)
Released30 October 1989
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
MT 76
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Tin Machine singles chronology
"Tin Machine" / "Maggie's Farm (live)"
"Prisoner of Love"
"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.

Song development[edit]

Bowie claimed at the time he wrote the song for his then-partner Melissa Hurley.[1] It reads as worldly advice from the singer to his naive younger girlfriend.[2]

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.[3]

"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]



Additional musicians

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Pegg, Nicholas (October 2016). "The Complete David Bowie New Edition: Expanded and Updated". Titan Books.
  2. ^ O'Leary, Chris (2019). Ashes to Ashes The Songs of David Bowie 1976–2016. Repeater Books. ISBN 9781912248308.
  3. ^ 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