Don't Talk 2 Strangers

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Don't Talk 2 Strangers

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from the soundtrack album Girl 6
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from the album Come 2 My House


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single art for Don't Talk 2 Strangers

Song details
Performer: Prince; Tracey Ullman; Chaka Khan
First Released: 19 March 1996 - Girl 6 album
Album(s): Girl 6

Come 2 My House

Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Don't Talk 2 Strangers is the twelfth track (second new track) on the movie soundtrack album Girl 6 (a compilation of music by Prince and associated artists for the movie Girl 6, directed by Spike Lee). In 1998, a new recording with Chaka Khan on lead vocals was included as the twelfth track (eleventh song) on her tenth solo studio album Come 2 My House, and, in late 1998, Don't Talk 2 Strangers was available as the album's only commercially-released single. It was also included on the Come 2 My House promo sampler available at around the same time as the album's release.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking for Prince's original version took place in mid-April 1992 at Platinum Studios, Melbourne, Australia (while also on the Diamonds And Pearls Tour, during the same set of sessions as Poor Little Bastard, The Rest Of My Life, There Is Lonely, Be My Mirror, Wow, 51 Hours and re-recordings of Make Believe and I'll Do Anything). The song was written specifically for the James L. Brooks movie I'll Do Anything, and the track was re-recorded by actress Tracey Ullman for the movie, and this version was included as the seventh track on a planned I'll Do Anything album. While Prince was not directly involved in this version, it is included in the listing here as his own version was intended as a demo for the soundtrack version, and was unreleased at the time. When preview audience reactions to the music were overwhelmingly negative, all production numbers from the film were cut, and the album was abandoned. No further changes were made to Prince's version before its release. Chaka Khan's version was recorded in late 1997 or early 1998 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, although it reuses some of the basic tracks from Prince's original version. It was included as the seventh track on a February 1998 configuration of Come 2 My House, before the tracklist was revised for the final release.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-April 1992 Platinum Studios,
Melbourne, Australia
Basic tracking
Mid-late 1992 - 1993 Studio information needed Basic tracking (I'll Do Anything movie version, no Prince input)
Late 1997 - early 1998 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-recording (Chaka Khan version)
Recording Personnel

Chaka Khan version


Prince version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


I'll Do Anything movie version



Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Don't Talk 2 Strangers 3:11 Girl 6 Studio
Don't Talk 2 Strangers 3:15 Come 2 My House

Come 2 My House promo sampler
Don't Talk 2 Strangers single

Re-recording
Tour The House 5:03 Don't Talk 2 Strangers single Edits Edits of several songs from Come 2 My House; Don't Talk 2 Strangers edit is 1:11
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Don't Talk 2 Strangers 4:23 Beautiful Strange VHS Live 28 August 1998 (a.m.), Cafe De Paris, London, England; see Beautiful Strange for more details
Don't Talk 2 Strangers 3:25 NPG Music Club Cyberclips video room Promo video Chaka Khan version; See Don't Talk 2 Strangers video for more details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Don't Talk 2 Strangers Studio I'll Do Anything movie version
Don't Talk 2 Strangers Studio Alternate mix of I'll Do Anything movie version
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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