Video: Face Down

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1997: The Holy River Music Videos
Music Videos
(Related Artists)
1999: Beautiful Strange
Face Down

Face Down music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: 5 June 1997
Producer(s): Information needed
Director: Prince (as Azifwecare)
Related home video/DVD:
First (Commercially) Released: 9 November 2018


Date Institution, Country Award
This music video has not received any awards in the USA

Face Down is a Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) video released for broadcast. The song was released as a promotional single three months before the first airing of the video, shortly before EMI Records' closure.

Face Down is the most (if not only) playful and joyous video from the Emancipation era, being a pure comedy despite its angry and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. It was likely shot in late Winter - early Spring 1997 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The video features three different settings. The first is a funeral, with a figure dressed as Prince (wearing clothes from the Act II tour face down in an open casket. A mourner in a large black hat and holding Mayte's dog is shown crying over the body and accepting condolences. At the end of the video, the mourner is revealed to be Prince and not Mayte. The second setting is an amusing scene in which Prince is telling a psychotherapist (played by Kat Dyson) his story while she listens with disinterest. The third setting is a performance with The NPG. Humour is also added to the performance when Prince yells "horns" or "orchestra": he is shown playing saxophone next to two other members of The NPG and then playing a fiddle with a huge grin on his face (and for the first time in public wearing boots with no high heels).

The version of Face Down used for the video is an alternate mix with a vocal intro. A slightly censored ('clean version') of the video also exists.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
Late Winter - Early Spring 1997 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA
  • Prince (as Azifwecare)
  • More information needed

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Face Down 3:17 Prince streaming video platforms (2018)

Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2018)

before release in 2018 streaming only
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Face Down 3:17 Clean album version with additional vocal intro

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

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The Holy River
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