U Got The Look

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U Got The Look

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from the album Sign O' The Times
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single art for U Got The Look
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 March, 1987 - Sign O' The Times album
Album(s): Sign O' The Times
The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

U Got The Look is the first track on the second disc of Prince's ninth album Sign O' The Times, and, three and a half months after the album's release, U Got The Look was released as the album's third single. The song also appears in the film Sign O' The Times in its studio form (all other tracks were included in live versions).

In 1993, it was included as the 13th track on Prince's second compilation album The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

Initial tracking took place on 21 December, 1986 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (five days before Pony Ride). The track was recorded at the time the triple-album Crystal Ball was being pared down to become Sign O' The Times, and while the pseudonym Camille is credited with lead vocals, the song had not been included either on the Camille album or on Crystal Ball.

The song contains the first appearance of Sheena Easton on a Prince release (although he had previously worked with her on tracks for her albums A Private Heaven and No Sound But A Heart). She is credited with co-lead vocals, although the single release only featured the name Prince on the cover (this is later repeated with The Arms Of Orion).

In a 2012 interview, Sheena Easton discussed the recording process of the song:
"U Got The Look was a track he'd basically finished for himself. It was just a Prince track. He said, 'Do you want to just come in and sing some backup vocals on the choruses?' So I went into the studio, and because I didn't know I was singing against him... I was all over the place - and he said he kind of liked that, so he expanded it into a duet."

In August, 1987, Prince's half-sister Lorna Nelson filed a lawsuit against Prince, stating that U Got The Look used lyrics from her song What's Cooking In This Book. The case was dismissed by US District Judge David Doty on 4 May, 1988, stating that the two songs were not substantially similar. Prince did not appear in court during the case.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
21 December, 1986 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
U Got The Look 3:58 Sign O' The Times

U Got The Look single
The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince

Studio
U Got The Look (Long Look) 6:45 U Got The Look single

Ultimate

Extended version
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
U Got The Look TBC Sign O' The Times VHS/DVD Studio See U Got The Look video for details
U Got The Look TBC Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December, 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
U Got The Look 3:22 Damaris Lewis Twitter
.m4v download
Live clip 26 September, 2012, United Center, Chicago (IL), USA
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released Version Additional info
U Got The Look 2:00 Love4OneAnother.com Real Audio stream Live clip 28 December, 1998, Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium
U Got The Look 3:11 3rdEye TV Show # 5 performance audio stream Rehearsal June, 2013, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
U Got The Look TBC Live concert online stream Live 10 May, 2015, Baltimore, MN, USA, Royal Farms Arena
U Got The Look 3:26 Prince3EG Soundcloud stream Live 19 May, 2015 (show 1 or 2), Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada
U Got The Look T.B.C. 89.3 The Current Crazy 2 Cool broadcast Live 1 June, 2014, Le Zénith, Paris, France (2nd show); incl. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) (instrumental)
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Nine 2:06 16 Studio Opens with synths previously used in U Got The Look
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 6:02 Partyman single Remix Remix by Femi Jiya and Prince; Includes sampled clips of Sexy Dancer, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Head, Partyup, Let's Work, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Erotic City, Kiss, U Got The Look, Housequake and Alphabet St.
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 5:58 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix edit As above, missing The Joker's opening dialogue
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • On 12 May, 1988, Prince was given an award for R&B/Bands: R&B Composition (for Sign O' The Times and U Got The Look) during the same ceremony where Prince also received nine other awards: Rock/Individuals: Male; Rock/Recording: Mainstream and Rock/Composition: Mainstream (for Sign O' The Times); R&B/Individuals: Male Vocalist; R&B/Individuals: Guitarist; R&B/Bands: Performing Band; R&B/Bands: Recording; Production/Movie/Theatrical (for Sign O' The Times) and Production/Multi Media Scores.

References
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