Ice Cream Castles

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Ice Cream Castles

Icecreamcastles album.jpg
from the album Ice Cream Castle
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single art for Ice Cream Castles
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 8 June 1984 - Ice Cream Castles single
Album(s): Ice Cream Castle
Writer(s): Prince (as Jamie Starr) and Morris Day
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Morris Day and The Starr Company)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Ice Cream Castles is the fourth track on The Time's third album Ice Cream Castle, and, four weeks before the album's release, Ice Cream Castles was released as the album's first single. Ice Cream Castles was written by Prince (under the pseudonym Jamie Starr) and Morris Day. It was co-produced by Morris Day and Prince under the name The Starr Company.

Initial tracking took place on 13 January 1984 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (two days after My Drawers, six days before Some Kind Of Lover). The song's title is a phrase used in Joni Mitchell's song Both Sides, Now (from Clouds, 1969, and also released as a single, although the song was first released by Judy Collins in 1968). While reflecting about the song's history on Facebook in 2014, Jesse Johnson stated, "Morris & I recorded a song name "Old & Ingnorant" [sic] in Mpls the next day M & I fly out to meet P. In LA, at Sunset Sound he dug it and the track was rerecorded, rewritten, and became "Ice Cream Castles"! ... (Prince kept telling me "It's so cool how you played the bass on the AND instead of the 1" great compliment even though at that time I didn't know what he was talking about...yeah of course I do now!)"

On 23 April 2012, a 9:54 rehearsal version of Mutiny containing an interpolation of Ice Cream Castles by Prince and the New Power Generation was streamed on drfunkenberry.com to promote the forthcoming Welcome 2 Australia Tour.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
13 January 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Ice Cream Castles 7:33 Ice Cream Castle

Ice Cream Castles single

Studio
Ice Cream Castles (Edit) 3:37 Ice Cream Castles single Edit
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Ice Cream Castles 4:17 Promotional release only Promo video See Ice Cream Castles video for more details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Mutiny 9:54 Prince And The NPG Rehearsal contains an interpolation of Ice Cream Castles
Mutiny 5:09 Delayed performance TV broadcast Studio 4 March 2014, The Arsenio Hall Show, Sunset Bronson Studios - Stage 19, Los Angeles, CA, USA; contains an interpolation of Ice Cream Castles; also posted online as performance video
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • It is notable that while the track's title is Ice Cream Castles (plural), the album title is simply Ice Cream Castle (singular).

References
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