Traffic Jam

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Traffic Jam

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

Traffic Jam is an unreleased instrumental track, likely recorded on 25 February 1984 (estimate) at Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (assumed). It is thought to have been created for possible use in Purple Rain as Albert Magnoli requested one more upbeat song, but if this was the case it was shelved after Prince recorded When Doves Cry a couple of days later. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the track’s ascending synth-string ending is almost identical to that of When Doves Cry.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
25 February 1984 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
27 February 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all instruments (assumed)

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Traffic Jam Studio Recorded 27 February 1984

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • In 2012 a girl group called The Yes Ma’ams used the music of Traffic Jam to create their song “What Girls Are Made Of”, included on their mixtape “Taste Test”. The song at the time was announced to be from a forthcoming album, but it never received a proper release. However The Yes Ma’ams did make a video for it. Traffic Jam is nevertheless considered unreleased as its use by Yes Ma’ams was probably done without Prince’s permission (the track was in wide circulation among collectors).

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