Jerk Out

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Jerk Out

Jerkout single.jpg
single art for Jerk Out
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from the album Pandemonium
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 28 June 1990 - Jerk Out single
Album(s): Pandemonium
Writer(s): Prince, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Morris Day (credited to The Time)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to The Time)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Jerk Out is the fourth track (third song) on The Time's fourth and final album Pandemonium, and, two weeks before the album's release, Jerk Out was released as the album's first single. Jerk Out was originally written and produced by Prince, but writing was credited to Prince, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Morris Day, as they wrote additional portions later. Prince plays most instruments on the track.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in late December 1981 at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and was intended for The Time's second album What Time Is It?. Morris Day's lead vocals were likely recorded in early 1982 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, although this information is unconfirmed.

In 1985, the track was given to Mazarati (along with 100 MPH) for use on their album Mazarati; lead vocal overdubs were recorded by Sir Casey Terry in April 1985, at Sunset Sound and Prince worked on the track further in May 1985, also at Sunset Sound. The song was ultimately rejected by Mazarati, however, probably due to the song's lyrics containing overt references to sexual violence and racism.

When The Time's planned album Corporate World was put on hold in late 1989 and the original members were brought in to work on the album (which developed into Pandemonium), the bandmembers chose this song from Prince's vault, and re-worked it significantly at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, to eliminate some of the more controversial lyrics, but the basic tracks, including Sir Casey Terry's background vocals, were kept.

The track was also remixed by various outside remixers in 1990 for the maxi-single.

The track's lyrics were inspired by an incident on the Controversy Tour, when some of The Time's band members were removed from a flight ("jerked out") for causing a disturbance.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late December 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Basic tracking
Early 1982 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Lead vocal overdubs by Morris Day
April 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Lead and background vocal overdubs by Sir Casey Terry
May 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Additional recording by Prince
Late 1989 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Additional recording by The Time
1990 Studio information needed Remixes
Recording Personnel

The Time version


Unreleased 1981 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


Unreleased 1982 version


Mazarati version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Jerk Out 7:12 Pandemonium (timing is including Sexy Socialites intro, a separate track). Studio
Jerk Out (Album Version) 6:50 Jerk Out promo Edit of the album version omitting the Sexy Socialites intro
Jerk Out (Edit) 3:59 Jerk Out single Edit
Mo' Jerk Out 4:36 Jerk Out single Extended portion
Jerk Out (A Cappella) 2:23 Jerk Out single A Cappella Remix by Steve Hodge; Additional remix by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Additional programming by Lance Alexander and Tony Tolbert
Jerk Out (Sexy Dub) 7:09 Jerk Out single Remix Remix by Steve Hodge; Additional remix by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Additional programming by Lance Alexander and Tony Tolbert
Jerk Out (Sexy Edit) 4:32 Jerk Out single Remix edit Remix by Steve Hodge; Additional remix by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Additional programming by Lance Alexander and Tony Tolbert
Jerk Out (Sexy Instrumental) 7:01 Jerk Out single Remix Remix by Steve Hodge; Additional remix by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Additional programming by Lance Alexander and Tony Tolbert
Jerk Out (Sexy Mix) 8:51 Jerk Out single Remix Remix by Steve Hodge; Additional remix by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Additional programming by Lance Alexander and Tony Tolbert
Jerk Out 2:55 Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis ‎– The Hit Songs (compilation promo) Edit previously unreleased edit
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Jerk Out 5:52 Promotional release only Promo video See Jerk Out video for details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Jerk Out Demo Original 1981 recording with Prince lead vocals
Jerk Out Studio Original recording with Morris Day lead vocal overdubs
Jerk Out Studio Mazarati version
 
Additional Information

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References
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