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Housequake


from the album Sign O' The Times

Song details


Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 March, 1987 - Sign O' The Times album
Album(s): Sign O' The Times
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Housequake is the third track on the first disc of Prince's ninth album Sign O' The Times. Housequake was also included as the b-side for the album's third single, U Got The Look. A live version was also included in the concert movie Sign O' The Times.

Initial tracking took place on 18 October, 1986 (the day after the public announcement of the Revolution's disbanding), at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA. Overdubs, including the party-style vocals, were added on 26 October, 1986 (the day before Feel U Up), also at Sunset Sound.

The track was initially placed as the second track on the album Camille (to be credited to Camille), and was planned as the b-side of the single Shockadelica (also to be credited to Camille), but the single and the album were both aborted. It was then included as the third track on the first disc on the triple-album Crystal Ball, which was eventually pared down to become Sign O' The Times.

Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) contains a sample from Crazay (written and performed by Jesse Johnson, featuring Sly Stone, from the 1986 album Shockadelica, after which Prince's Shockadelica was named).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
18 October, 1986 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
26 October, 1986 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals (as Camille) and instruments, except where noted
  • Eric Leeds - saxophone
  • Atlanta Bliss - trumpet
  • Gilbert Davison - party voice
  • Coke Johnson - party voice
  • Todd Herreman (as Todd H.) - party voice
  • Susan Rogers - party voice
  • Mike Soltys (as Mike S.) - party voice
  • Brad Marsh (as Brad M.) - party voice
  • The Penguin (a plush prop, not an actual person) - party voice

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Housequake 4:38 Sign O' The Times

U Got The Look single

Studio
Housequake (Edit) 3:24 U Got The Look single Edit
Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) 7:15 U Got The Look single Remix
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Housequake T.B.C. Sign O' The Times VHS/DVD Live See Sign O' The Times for details
Housequake T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September, 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Vanguard Jam 12:18 NPG Music Club .wmv download Awards Show performance video 19 March, 2005, 36th NAACP Image Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA, USA; part of medley containing D.M.S.R. / We're A Winner / I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) / Satisfied / I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself) / Housequake / The Jam / The Bird / The Glamorous Life / Santana Medley
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Housequake T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July, 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Housequake T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July, 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
Housequake T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August, 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
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 by Jack Nicholson
Girl 6 4:04 Girl 6

Girl 6 single

Studio See Girl 6 for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Housequake Studio Original version before overdubs
Housequake (Razormaid Remix) Remix Remix commissioned by Prince; he did not like the results, however
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Housequake inspired a popular fan-site, www.housequake.com, which ran from 1997-2008. The title of the remix, 7 Minutes MoQuake, inspired a follow-up fan-site, www.moquake.com, which opened in 2010, but closed a year later.
  • "The penguin" as credited was a plush toy penguin that would lie around in the studio; because of the sometimes long hours people would fall asleep and others would place the penguin with them and take a Polaroid picture. The crew brought the penguin on the Sign O' The Times Tour as a crew mascot, and in Rotterdam (while shooting for the Sign O' The Times movie), the crew placed it behind the big mirror heart where Prince and Cat would lie against at the end of If I Was Your Girlfriend, when it was lowered down. The penguin was facing Prince as the heart came down, to the crew's enjoyment.

References
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