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from the album 16
Song details
Performer: Madhouse
First Released: 18 November 1987 - 16 album
Album(s): 16
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Twelve is the fourth track on Madhouse’s second and final album 16. Twelve was written and produced by Prince (credited only to Madhouse), with saxophone and musical input by Eric Leeds.

Basic tracking took place on 31 July 1987, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day after Eleven, Fifteen, Ten, Ten And ½, and three instrumentals later named Night Owl, Overnight, Every Night and Andorra, and the same day as another instrumental later named Kenya); it is likely that the title was assigned only after the final sequence had been arranged for the album.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
31 July 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Eric Leeds - tenor saxophone
  • Prince - all other instruments and party noises (uncredited)
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. - credited for bass guitar, but does not appear
  • Dr. Fink - credited for keyboards, but does not appear
  • John Lewis - credited for drums, but does not appear

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Twelve 5:14 16 Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Jack U Off 2:49 Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany; includes Twelve horn interpolation
Twelve T.B.C. Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition DVD Live 31 December 1987: Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Voice Inside Studio
Glam Slam '91 n/a 'radio broadcast only' Studio
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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