Funky Design

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Funky Design

NPGMusicClub logo.jpg
NPG Music Club Edition # 1 - no official artwork created
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 18 February 2001 - NPG Music Club Edition # 1 download
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Funky Design was offered (as The Funky Design) as an mp3 download as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 1 (along with Mad, Peace, Splash, When EyeBlue.png Lay My Hands On U and NPG Ahdio Show #1). The track originates from 1994, however, and the studio version was played at The New Power Generation Store in Minneapolis in November 1994 (along with Mad and Snow Man). An excerpt of the track had also been streamed on on 17 July 2000 (as Funky Design), before the full track was released in 2001. Despite being released after Prince reverted to using the his own name, rather than SymbolSmallerBlue.png, the track was credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png, as it was recorded while using that name.

Specific recording dates are unknown, but it is likely that basic tracking took place in November 1994 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota. The song was slated to be the eighth track on the 1995 New World album project, a precursor to what became the album Emancipation, but was never known to be on any configuration of that album.

Sonny T. also overdubbed vocals (replacing Prince’s) for a version placed as the sixteenth and final track (twelfth song) on a 2 December 1994 configuration of the New Power Generation’s second album Exodus. This version remains unreleased, however.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
November 1994 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
November - December 1994 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Sonny T. vocal overdubs
Recording Personnel

SymbolSmaller.png version

  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - all vocals and instruments (assumed)

New Power Generation version

  • Sonny T. - lead vocals
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - background vocals and all instruments (assumed)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Funky Design 3:46 NPG Music Club Edition # 1 mp3 download Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Funky Design Studio New Power Generation version with Sonny T. vocals
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Funky Design is often paired with Mad, which was recorded, streamed, and released at the same time. Both songs were also considered for Exodus, and have only rarely been played live.

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