Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel Theme Song is an unreleased track by Prince (then ) recorded in 1997, probably at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Little is known about the track other than that it was offered to Bryant Gumbel to use as the theme song for his new show in 1997. Prince appeared several times over the years on the TV-Show Today on NBC and gave his first ever live interview on television there, conducted by Gumbel in 1996. Prince also made a humorous performance on the show on 3 January 1997 dressed as Gumbel for his last appearance as host of the show after 15 years.
His new prime time news-magazine, Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel started on CBS on October 1997. Prince recorded a theme song for this show but Gumbel didn’t like it and chose not to use it, although Prince offered him different versions: "After three tries I called it off. It was becoming embarrassing - a guy who can’t read music can’t tell Mozart, ‘No, this isn’t good.’ But I own three Prince songs that have never seen the light of day."
Gumbel chose instead to use a theme composed by Patterson, Walz & Fox who also did music for other TV-shows.
It is not known if the three songs mentioned by Gumbel were three separate and entirely different tracks or if it is the same one with different arrangements.