If The Kid Can't Make You Come

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If The Kid Can’t Make You Come

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from the album Ice Cream Castle
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 9 July 1984 - Ice Cream Castle album
Album(s): Ice Cream Castle
Writer(s): Prince (as Jamie Starr, credited to Morris Day)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Morris Day and The Starr Company)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince or The Time.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

If The Kid Can’t Make You Come is the fifth track on The Time’s third album Ice Cream Castle. If The Kid Can’t Make You Come was written by Prince under the pseudonym Jamie Starr, but was credited on the album to Morris Day. It was co-produced by Morris Day and Prince under the name The Starr Company. Prince plays most instruments on the track.

Basic tracking (initially listed as If The Boy Can’t Make You Come) took place on 16 April 1983 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (two days after basic tracking of Chili Sauce (as Proposition 17), the day before Chocolate). While reflecting about the song’s history on Facebook in 2014, Jesse Johnson stated:
"Morris who is a very, very gifted drummer went in sat down to play "Kid", but he kept speeding up Prince tried it, he kept speeding up too! So we got this brilliant idea, when looking back at it now it’s funny the P and I thought this was a really good resolution. Morris out of the three of us was the only one that had a drink now and again, or let me put it clearer, Morris was the only one that knew how to drink. P & I were real amateurs, honestly ... Prince & I drank a glass of wine or my case a glass of WHINE! (ohh my head the room is spinning, I don’t feel well, etc, etc) will I’m playing the DRUMS on "The Kid" and of course all guitars."

"The Kid" mentioned in the song’s title is a deliberate reference to Prince’s character "The Kid" in the Purple Rain movie, in which The Time appeared as The Kid’s nemesis.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
16 April 1983 Sunset Sound - Studio 2,
Hollywood, CA, USA
17 April 1983 Sunset Sound - Studio 2,
Hollywood, CA, USA
20 April 1983 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mixing, overdubs, editing
Recording Personnel
  • Morris Day - lead vocals
  • Prince - vocals and all instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Jesse Johnson - drums (uncredited), vocals and guitar
  • Jill Jones - background vocals (uncredited)
  • Sharon Hughes - dialogue

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
If The Kid Can’t Make You Come 7:33 Ice Cream Castle Studio

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • For the hi-hat this song uses the LinnDrum, the successor of the Linn LM-1 usually utilized by Prince,

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