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|introduction              = '''Fight The Power''' is an unreleased cover version of the song by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Enemy_(band) Public Enemy] (written by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_D Chuck D], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_%22Vietnam%22_Sadler Eric "Vietnam" Sadler], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Shocklee Hank Shocklee] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Shocklee Keith Shocklee], from the 1990 album [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_a_Black_Planet Fear Of A Black Planet]), and was recorded in July or early August 1999, at [[Paisley Park Studios]] in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the song was first performed live on [[10_July 1999-am|10 July 1999 (a.m.)]] before a studio version was premiered during a [[Paisley Park Studios]] party on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August_7|7 August 1999 (a.m.)]]. [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]'s version of the track remains unreleased, although soon after its recording, [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]'s track [[Undisputed]], featuring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_D Chuck D] (who rapped on and co-wrote '''Fight The Power'''), was released on [[Album: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic|Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic]].
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|introduction              = '''Fight The Power''' is an unreleased cover version of the song by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Enemy_(band) Public Enemy] (written by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_D Chuck D], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_%22Vietnam%22_Sadler Eric "Vietnam" Sadler], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Shocklee Hank Shocklee] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Shocklee Keith Shocklee], from the 1990 album [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_a_Black_Planet Fear Of A Black Planet]). According to engineer [[H.M. Buff]], [[Kirk Johnson]] created a drumloop for the song, in early July 1999, after which  [[Prince]] recorded a guitar over it. That was all the swork done to that song on that day
|recording info            =
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The song was then performed live on [[10_July 1999-am|10 July 1999 (a.m.)]] before its studio version premiered during a [[Paisley Park Studios]] party on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August_7|7 August 1999 (a.m.)]]. [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]’s version of the track remains unreleased, although soon after its recording, [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]’s track [[Undisputed]], featuring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_D Chuck D] (who rapped on and co-wrote '''Fight The Power'''), was released on [[Album: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic|Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic]].  
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|date                      = July - early August 1999
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|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July_7|7 July 1999]]
 
|studio                    = [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA
 
|studio                    = [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA
 
|additional info          = Basic tracking
 
|additional info          = Basic tracking
 
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|recording personnel      =  
 
|recording personnel      =  
*[[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]] - all vocals and instruments (assumed)
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*[[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]] - guitar
*Other recording personnel (if any) are not known
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* [[Kirk Johnson]] - drum programming
 
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|1= '''Fight The Power'''
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|1= '''Fight The Power''' (instrumental)
 
|2= Studio
 
|2= Studio
|3= Recorded July - early August 1999
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|first live appearance    = [[10_July 1999-am|10 July 1999 (a.m.): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]<br>
 
|first live appearance    = [[10_July 1999-am|10 July 1999 (a.m.): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]<br>
 
* [[23 November 2000-am|23 November 2000 (a.m.): Eleven50, Atlanta, GA, USA]]
 
* [[23 November 2000-am|23 November 2000 (a.m.): Eleven50, Atlanta, GA, USA]]
|performed regularly on    = none
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|performed regularly on    = None
 
|performed occasionally in = [[All Concerts#1999|1999]], [[All Concerts#2000|2000]]
 
|performed occasionally in = [[All Concerts#1999|1999]], [[All Concerts#2000|2000]]
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* See the trivia section for the original version
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|trivia                    = The intro of the original version by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Enemy_(band) Public Enemy] uses a sample of "Grip It" by [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trouble_Funk Trouble Funk]. This part was incorporated into most of the live versions of [[Bambi]] from 1990 to 2014. It is unclear if [[Prince]] included this part in reference to this little known song by [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trouble_Funk Trouble Funk] or to its sample on [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight_the_Power_(Public_Enemy_song) Fight The Power] (see the trivia section of [[Bambi]] for details).
 
|see also                  = [[Unreleased Songs]]
 
|see also                  = [[Unreleased Songs]]
 
|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]] ''
 
|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]] ''
 
|categories                = [[Category:1999]][[Category:Cover Songs]][[Category:Cover Songs (Studio)]][[Category:Unreleased Songs]][[Category:Recorded 1999]]
 
|categories                = [[Category:1999]][[Category:Cover Songs]][[Category:Cover Songs (Studio)]][[Category:Unreleased Songs]][[Category:Recorded 1999]]
 
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Latest revision as of 10:34, 5 September 2020

Fast Car   < < < Non-Prince Songs All Prince Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Fire
Fight The Power

Unreleasedsong.jpg
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Writer(s): Chuck D, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee and Keith Shocklee
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • None
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 1999, 2000
  • See the trivia section for the original version

Fight The Power is an unreleased cover version of the song by Public Enemy (written by Chuck D, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Hank Shocklee and Keith Shocklee, from the 1990 album Fear Of A Black Planet). According to engineer H.M. Buff, Kirk Johnson created a drumloop for the song, in early July 1999, after which Prince recorded a guitar over it. That was all the swork done to that song on that day The song was then performed live on 10 July 1999 (a.m.) before its studio version premiered during a Paisley Park Studios party on 7 August 1999 (a.m.). SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s version of the track remains unreleased, although soon after its recording, SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s track Undisputed, featuring Chuck D (who rapped on and co-wrote Fight The Power), was released on Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
7 July 1999 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Basic tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Fight The Power (instrumental) Studio


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The intro of the original version by Public Enemy uses a sample of "Grip It" by Trouble Funk. This part was incorporated into most of the live versions of Bambi from 1990 to 2014. It is unclear if Prince included this part in reference to this little known song by Trouble Funk or to its sample on Fight The Power (see the trivia section of Bambi for details).

References
Fast Car   < < < All Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Fire