Tick, Tick, Bang

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Tick, Tick, Bang

from the album Graffiti Bridge
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 20 August 1990 - Graffiti Bridge album
Album(s): Graffiti Bridge
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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

Tick, Tick, Bang is the tenth track on Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge. The track is also featured in the movie Graffiti Bridge.

Basic tracking took place in Summer 1981 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same session as Controversy and Poppa Grooves). The track was re-recorded from scratch with mostly new lyrics in 1989 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This updated version was included as the ninth track on a late 1989 configuration of Graffiti Bridge. It was included as the tenth track on a 1990 configuration, where it remained for the final release. A single of Tick, Tick, Bang was planned in 1990, but it was not released.

The song uses an uncredited sample of Little Miss Lover by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, (written by Jimi Hendrix), which first appeared on Axis: Bold As Love (1969).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late spring/Summer 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
15 April 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, USA Mixing
1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
9 January 1990 Larrabee Sound Studios,
North Hollywood, CA, USA
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Tick, Tick, Bang 3:30 Graffiti Bridge Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Tick, Tick, Bang Studio Original 1981 version
Tick, Tick, Bang Studio Raw 1989 re-recording before overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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