Erotic City

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Erotic City

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single art for Let's Go Crazy
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included on The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 18 July 1984 - Let's Go Crazy single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides

Girl 6
Purple Rain Deluxe

Writer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Erotic City (full title copyrighted as Erotic City ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive")) was released as the b-side of the single Let's Go Crazy, the second single to be released from Purple Rain, released worldwide. In early 1985, Erotic City was also available as a promotional 12" single in the UK only.

In 1989, a CD single of Erotic City was released in Germany. In 1993, it was included as the ninth track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 1996, the song was also included as the seventh track on the soundtrack album Girl 6 (a compilation of music by Prince and associated artists for the movie Girl 6, directed by Spike Lee), and was also included as the third and final track on the accompanying CD single Girl 6.

The extended version, Erotic City ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive") was placed on an early version of the 2006 Warner Bros. compilation Ultimate, but Prince asked for its removal, likely due to its explicit lyrics, and it was not on the final configuration.

Initial tracking took place on 30 December 1983 at Sunset Sound (two days after In A Spanish Villa and Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar, the same day as She's Always In My Hair, and the day before We Can Fuck (later retitled We Can Funk)).

It is possible that Sheila E. added her vocals sometime between 1-4 April 1984, when Prince and Sheila E. worked on tracks for her album The Glamorous Life, but this is uncertain. Although credited to Prince and the Revolution, only Prince and Sheila E. contributed to the track.

Erotic City is notable as the first Prince release to contain input from Sheila E. (although her album The Glamorous Life, mostly written, performed and produced by Prince, was released six weeks earlier).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 December 1983 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
Early April 1984 (assumed) Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Vocal overdubs by Sheila E.
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Sheila E. - co-lead vocals

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Erotic City (Edit) 3:55 Let's Go Crazy single

The Hits / The B-Sides
Girl 6
Girl 6 single
Purple Rain Deluxe - Single Edits & B-Sides

Studio a.k.a. 7" B-Side Edit
Erotic City ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive") 7:24 Let's Go Crazy single

Erotic City single
His Majesty's Pop Life promo

Purple Rain Deluxe

Extended version Original full-length version
Erotic City ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive") 7:20 Tidal stream
Extended version slightly different from previous full length version
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Erotic City 3:46 Sheila E.: Live Romance 1600 VHS/laserdisc Live 8 March 1986, Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA
Erotic City T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
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
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Purple Medley (Edit) 3:14 Purple Medley single Edit See Purple Medley for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Erotic City Alternate mix Alternate mix with different musical elements
Erotic City Alternate mix Alternate mix with different musical elements
Erotic City Extended version Longer version containing elements from both alternate mixes and released version; likely edited down for release
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Erotic City was the first Prince song to be released containing input from Sheila E. (although her album The Glamorous Life, mostly written, performed and produced by Prince, was released six weeks earlier).

References
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