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F.U.N.K.


single art for F.U.N.K.

Song details


Performer: Prince
First Released: 8 November, 2007 - Princefansunited.com audio stream (as PFUnk)

20 November, 2007 - F.U.N.K. download single

Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

F.U.N.K. was originally streamed on PrinceFansUnited.com (also known as "PFU") as PFUnk, within two days of the site's opening, as a 'gift' from Prince in response to the site's criticism of Prince's approach towards fan websites. Prince was said to have written and recorded the track directly in response to the criticism, and offered it to PrinceFansUnited.com as a response, but in fact he only wrote updated lyrics and re-recorded an existing vault track, F.U.N.K.. The following week, it was streamed as the Jam Of The Week on 3121.com using its original title F.U.N.K., and within a few days, F.U.N.K. was available as a stand-alone download single on iTunes. Shelby J. also streamed the track on her MySpace page, along with a brief spoken intro by her (without any known Prince input).

Initial recording dates are unknown, but engineer Jesse Sutcliffe says this song was recorded around the time the Musicology album was conceived which places its initial recording around 2003 or early 2004. It is believed Prince updated the lyrics and re-recorded the track on 7 November, 2007, the day before it was sent to PrinceFansUnited.com.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
2003 - early 2004 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed) Initial tracking
7 November, 2007 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Re-recording
Recording Personnel

Released version

Unreleased version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (assumed)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
F.U.N.K. 7:35 F.U.N.K. single Studio Originally streamed as PFUnk
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
F.U.N.K. 3:13 3rdEye TV Show # 10 performance audio stream Rehearsal Recorded early July, 2013, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed); instrumental version
F.U.N.K. 3:11 3rdEye TV Show # 15 live concert video stream Live 6 July, 2013, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
F.U.N.K. Studio Original 2003-4 recording
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Prince mentions a well-known unreleased song, The Grand Progression, in the lyrics, referring to the music behind him by saying "Well, it might not be The Grand Progression, but it sure is funky." The lyric likely refers to the concept of "the grand progression", meaning the ultimate achievement, rather than the song named after it, however.

References
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