Shockadelica

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Shockadelica

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single art for If I Was Your Girlfriend
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included on The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 6 May 1987 - If I Was Your Girlfriend single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 2011 (instrumental clip during sampler set) , 2012 (instrumental clip during sampler set) , 2013 (instrumental clip during sampler set)

Shockadelica was released as the b-side of If I Was Your Girlfriend, the second single from Prince's ninth album Sign O' The Times.

The 12" version of the single contained the original full-length version, which was edited down for the 7" single.

In 1993, the edited version was included as the tenth track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides).

Basic tracking took place on 16 September 1986 at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (two days after Coco Boys) after hearing that Jesse Johnson's forthcoming album was titled Shockadelica but had no title track.

Prince felt that every album with a great title should contain a title track, but it seems that the song was not intended for Jesse Johnson, and was instead more of a joke to give the impression that Jesse Johnson stole the title from Prince.

Prince sent the finished song to Jesse Johnson on an audio cassette.

The track was premiered on Minneapolis radio station KMOJ a couple of days after it was recorded (a few weeks before Jesse Johnson's album was released).

The song was included as the fifth track on the aborted Camille album (credited to the pseudonym Camille), and Shockadelica was intended as a single to be released around the same time as the album.

The track was included as the first track on the third disc as the Camille album developed into the triple-album Crystal Ball. On both albums, the track was followed directly by Good Love. Both tracks were removed when the album was eventually pared down and became Sign O' The Times.

In 1995, a remixed version was partially included in the the Kirk J's B Sides Remix , along with parts of remixed version of Pop Life, When Doves Cry, Head and The Continental. Since the full versions of the remixes by Kirk Johnson in 1994 of Pop Life, When Doves Cry, Head and The Continental are known to exist, it is likely that a full remix for Shockadelica was also made at around the same time.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
16 September 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Shockadelica 3:30 If I Was Your Girlfriend single

The Hits / The B-Sides

Studio
Shockadelica (Extended Version) 6:12 If I Was Your Girlfriend single Extended version Original full-length version
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Shockadelica 0:42 Andy Allo Facebook video stream Live 13 December 2011: Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB, Canada; (taken from sample set)
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Kirk J's B Sides Remix 7:00 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Kirk J's B Sides Remix for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Shockadelica Studio Original version from the cassette Prince sent to Jesse Johnson, about 20 seconds longer than the version edited for release. It is unclear whether the version premiered on KMOJ radio in late October was this longer version.
Shockadelica Remix Remixed 1994 version of the track by Kirk Johnson containing new beats and keyboard lines
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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