The Cocoa Boys

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The Cocoa Boys

Song details
Performer: Prince
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

The Cocoa Boys is an unreleased track initially recorded during a soundcheck session on 25 August 1986 at Le Zénith, Paris, France, hours before the Parade Tour show there (along with recordings of Susannah's Blues, Strange Relationship, Last Heart, a cover version of The Temptations' I Can't Get Next To You and a first run-through of It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night, which was then recorded live at the show).

It is likely that this version was instrumental, but this is unconfirmed.

Prince recorded a studio version of the track (with lyrics) on 14 September 1986 at his Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day after Crucial, two days before Shockadelica).

The song was written specifically for the planned musical The Dawn (along with Crucial and When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes), but the musical was ultimately abandoned, and the song was never intended for any of Prince's many late-1986 album projects.

The Cocoa Boys was the name of a band included as characters in the musical; while the band names changed, the idea of rival bands was reused in the Graffiti Bridge movie.

The pseudonym Joey Coco was used by Prince as the writer of of at least eight songs for other artists: 101, Baby Go-Go, Cool Love, Neon Telephone), Telepathy and You're My Love, with Jill Jones' My Man and Violet Blue listed as Prince compositions on her album, but registered to Joey Coco at the Library of Congress.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
25 August 1986 Le Zénith,
Paris, France
Soundcheck recording
14 September 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Recording Personnel

Soundcheck version

Studio version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Cocoa Boys Soundcheck Recorded 25 August 1986; most likely instrumental
The Cocoa Boys Studio Recorded 14 September 1986

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • * the intro of The Cocoa Boys open with the same Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, FILMUSIC (patch 69) pre-set synth opening heard in U Got The Look and Nine.

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