Love’s No Fun

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Love’s No Fun

Iam album.jpg
from the album I Am
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from the album Child Of The Sun
Song details
Performer: Elisa Fiorillo; Mayte
First Released: 18 September 1990 - I Am album (Elisa Fiorillo version)

27 November 1995 - Child Of The Sun album (Mayte version)

Album(s): I Am

Child Of The Sun

Writer(s): Prince (credited as SymbolSmallerBlue.png on Child Of The Sun)
Producer(s): David Z. Rivkin
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Love’s No Fun is the fifth track on Elisa Fiorillo’s second album, I Am. The track was written by Prince and produced by David Z. Rivkin. Prince also appears as a musician on the track, playing all instruments.

In 1995, a version containing additional recording and vocal overdubs by Mayte was included as the seventh track on Mayte’s first and only album Child Of The Sun, with David Z. Rivkin still credited as producer (as it uses the same basic tracks) and Kirk Johnson listed as co-producer; Prince’s writing credit was listed as SymbolSmallerBlue.png, the name he was using at the time.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in Autumn 1989 - early 1990 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as Playgirl and Ooh This I Need).

Elisa Fiorillo performed the song live in a medley (with Ooh This I Need and/or On The Way Up) on American TV shows in February 1991 with new arrangements. These performances were based on a "rehearsal demo" created by Prince and submitted to Elisa and her band.

Additional recording and Mayte’s vocal overdubs were recorded in 1993 or 1994, and Mayte’s version was included, in a more raw form than released, as the second track on a 1994 configuration of Latino Barbie Doll, which later evolved into Child Of The Sun.

This same version was included as the seventh track on a 5 May 1995 configuration of Child Of The Sun, where it remained for release, although it was worked on further in Summer 1995 before release. It is not known if the track was included on Mayte’s album Scorpio, which included some tracks from Child Of The Sun.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Autumn 1989 - early 1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking (Elisa Fiorillo version)
January 1991 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
"Medley demo" by Prince for upcoming TV performances
1993-1994 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording and overdubs (Mayte version)
Summer 1995 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording
Recording Personnel

Elisa Fiorillo version

Mayte version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Love’s No Fun 3:50 I Am Studio
Love’s No Fun 3:57 Child Of The Sun Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Love’s No Fun Studio Mayte version, rawer sound with Prince’s background vocals clearer
Love’s No Fun Studio Mayte version, closer to album version, with slight differences
Medley demo Rehearsal Medley demo of On The Way Up, Ooh This I Need and Love’s No Fun
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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