Jughead

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Jughead

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from the album Diamonds And Pearls
Song details
Performer: Prince and the New Power Generation
First Released: 1 October 1991 - Diamonds And Pearls album
Album(s): Diamonds And Pearls
Writer(s): Prince, Kirk Johnson and Tony M. (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
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Jughead is the ninth track on Prince's 13th album Diamonds And Pearls, the first album to be credited to Prince and the New Power Generation.

Initial tracking took place on 11 September 1990 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (during the same session as Fancy Dancer, Horny Pony, The Flow and a reworked version of Something Funky (This House Comes)) within hours of returning to the USA from the Nude Tour in Japan. The track includes a rap from the song Money Matters by the group MPLS, which featured Kirk Johnson and Tony M. (unrelated to Prince's 1993-4 group Minneapolis), so they share co-writing credit. The track was not included on the December 1990, configuration of Diamonds And Pearls, but was included as the ninth track on the 1 March 1991 and 8 May 1991 configurations, where it remained for release.

It is likely the title "Jughead" is a reference to the distinctive-looking Archie Comics character Jughead Jones.

The 1991 track Last Dance uses some of the same basic tracks and elements as Jughead, although it is distinct enough to be considered its own track (just as Violet The Organ Grinder was based on Gett Off, for example). See Last Dance for details of that track.

In December 1991, Steve Fargnoli, Prince's former manager, sued Prince, stating that the spoken word message about managers included at the end of Jughead was about him, and broke their non-disclosure agreement. The defamation and breach-of-contract suit demanded $5 million in damages.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
11 September 1990 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments except where noted (liner notes state "insatiable")
  • Tony M. - lead rap and background vocals (credited for "lead raps and backing vox")
  • Michael B. - drums
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. - bass guitar (credited for "rhythm guitar and backing vox")
  • Rosie Gaines - keyboards (assumed) and background vocals (liner notes state "co-lead backing vox, Purpleaxxe™ sampler and organ")
  • Kirk Johnson - background vocals and percussion
  • Damon Dickson - background vocals and percussion

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Jughead 4:56 Diamonds And Pearls album Studio
X-cerpts From The Songs: Thunder, Daddy Pop, Strollin', Jughead, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, Push, Live 4 Love 5:04 Diamonds And Pearls single Edits Edits of each song; Jughead edit is 0:55


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Last Dance Unreleased Studio Unreleased 1991 track using some of the same basic tracks and musical elements as Jughead
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Jughead Studio Original full length version with longer ending.
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The lyrics refer to the song as ‘new dance commercial - take two’. Similarly, introductory lyrics in Horny Pony, which was originally planned for inclusion on the Diamonds And Pearls album, refer to that song as ‘new dance commercial - take one’. The songs are otherwise unrelated.

References
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