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6 single.jpg
single art for 6
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from the album 8
Song details
Performer: Madhouse
First Released: 14 January 1987 - 6 single
Album(s): 8
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
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Six is the sixth track on Madhouse’s first album 8, and, one week before the album’s release, 6 was released as the album’s first and only single. Six was written and produced by Prince (credited only to Madhouse), with saxophone and musical input by Eric Leeds. No musician is credited on the record.

Basic tracking took place on 30 September 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota; It was the seventh Madhouse track from the batch and was therefor initially titled Seven but this was changed to Six after the album was sequenced and it was decided Six and Seven should switch places.

Other than the similarity in numbering and in music style, Six is not related musically to the single b-side Six And ½, that was originally titled nine and was only re-title Six And ½', after it was chosen as the b-side for 6

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 September 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking, horn overdubs, mix
1 November 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
12" edits, mix
9 November 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
7" mix
12 December 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
7" edits (possibly sans Prince)
Recording Personnel
  • Eric Leeds - baritone saxophone (uncredited)
  • Prince - all other instruments, except where noted (uncredited)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Six 4:28 8 Studio
Six (Edit) 3:23 6 single

Get Jazzed Promotional LP

6 (End Of The World Mix) 6:20 6 single Extended version
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Six Unreleased promotional video Promo video See Six video for details
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Get Yo Groove On/Six ?:?? Live performance TV broadcast Live 12 November 1996, Emancipation Freedom Concert, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; in medley with Get Yo Groove On

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • While the track’s title is Six (written), the single’s title is 6 (numeric).
  • In 1987, Prince would often introduce interpolations of this song with a short rap stating "I’ve got a brand new dance", which would later end up on Cross The Line.
  • The "Bizarre!" sample used in the 6 (The End Of The World Mix) version is originally from Our Bizarre Relationship by Frank Zappa (from Uncle Meat, 1969). It was one of the preset samples in the Fairlight CMI sample-synthesizer and Prince took it from there. It was utilized in quite a few songs recorded between 1985 and 1987: All My Dreams, Bob George, Christopher Tracy’s Parade, Lovesexy, and Madhouse songs Nine and 6 (The End Of The World Mix) all contain this sample.

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