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Kiss

Parade.jpg
from the album Parade
Kiss
single art for Kiss

Song details


Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 5 February, 1986 - Kiss single
Album(s): Parade

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

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

Kiss is the tenth track on Prince's eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution, and, seven weeks before the album's release, Kiss was released as the album's first single worldwide. The single version contained a fade-out which was edited off the album version (to allow the song to segue directly into Anotherloverholenyohead). The song also featured in the movie Under The Cherry Moon.

In 1993, the single version was included as the eleventh track on The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 2001, the single version was included as the ninth track on The Very Best Of Prince.

In 2006, the extended version was included as the seventh track on the second disc of Ultimate.

Initial tracking took place on 28 April, 1985 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA. The song was recorded initially by Prince as an acoustic blues-style demo for Mazarati, who were working in the studio next to Prince, with David Z. Rivkin and Brown Mark.

Prince returned the following morning, and heard the version that Mazarati had recorded, which had transformed the song into a funk number. Prince instantly reclaimed the song, and worked on it further - he omitted a bass guitar part and the guitar solo and added the signature lick. Sir Casey Terry's vocals were also replaced with his own in a higher octave, but otherwise kept the original recording.

While David Z. Rivkin is credited with the track's arrangement, therefore, he is more accurately an uncredited producer on the track. The song did not appear on the first sequence of Parade, compiled on 1 May, 1985, but was included on the final configuration.

Of note is that this track is the only track on Parade for which Clare Fischer was not asked to arrange orchestration.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
28 April, 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Demo
28 April, 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Mazarati recording (no Prince input)
29 April, 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Prince overdubs and additional work
Summer 1985 - early 1986 Unknown studio Additional work and recording creating extended version
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Kiss 3:38 Parade

The Crown Jewels promo

Studio
Kiss (single version) 3:45 Kiss single

The Story So Far... promotional album
The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Prince 4ever

Alternate Includes fade-out solo guitar, edited out for inclusion on Parade
Kiss (Extended Version) 7:15 Kiss single

Ultimate

Extended Version
Kiss (Instrumental) 4:25 Interactive CD-ROM Instrumental Instrumental version played in "karaoke" room of the game, containing additional instrumental sections edited out from released vocal version
Kiss 3:48 NPG Ahdio Show # 9 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Live 26 March, 1993, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Kiss T.B.C. The Hits Video Collection VHS/DVD

Under The Cherry Moon DVD

Live promo video See Kiss video for more details
Kiss T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Live 9 September, 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Kiss 1:00 Interactive CD-ROM Live 31 August, 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan; clip only
Kiss T.B.C. Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December, 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Kiss (Much Music) 2:52 NPG Music Club WMV download Live TV performance 28 July, 2004 (mat.), MuchMoreMusic Live!, MuchMusic Studios at the CHUM-City Building, Toronto, ON, Canada; includes Knock On Wood intro
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Kiss T.B.C. Live concert TV broadcast Live 7 June, 1986, Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, USA
Kiss T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July, 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain; includes I'm In The Mood interpolation
Kiss T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July, 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
Kiss T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August, 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan; includes I'm In The Mood interpolation
Kiss T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast Live 4 September, 1991, Arsenio Hall Show, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA
Kiss T.B.C. Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 2 March, 2004, The Ellen Degeneres Show, NBC Studios, Burbank, CA; includes Soul Man intro
Kiss T.B.C. Delayed awards show performance TV broadcast Live 15 March, 2004, 19th Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY, USA; includes Soul Man intro
Kiss T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast Live 28 July, 2004 (mat.), MuchMoreMusic Live!, MuchMusic Studios at the CHUM-City Building, Toronto, ON, Canada; includes Knock On Wood intro; later available for download (see above)
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
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Jason Nevins Dub) 5:44 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold promo Remix Remix by Jason Nevins; includes sample of Kiss
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Jason Nevins Extended Remix / Vocal) 6:41 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold single Remix Remix by Jason Nevins; includes sample of Kiss
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Jason Nevins Instrumental) 6:39 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold promo Remix Remix by Jason Nevins; instrumental version of Jason Nevins Extended Remix / Vocal; includes sample of Kiss
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Jason Nevins Remix Edit) 3:53 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold single Remix edit Remix by Jason Nevins; includes sample of Kiss
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Jason Nevins Romance Beats) 5:39 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold promo Remix Remix by Jason Nevins; includes sample of Kiss
Musicology 4:26 Musicology Studio Brief clip heard 'on radio' during segue following Musicology
Stare 3:44 Spotify stream Studio Includes sample of Kiss and interpolation of Sexy Dancer
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Kiss Demo Acoustic guitar demo by Prince
Kiss Studio Mazarati version used in Prince's final version
Kiss (Xtended Version) Remix Remix version offered as a choice for the Crystal Ball Volume II collection
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
Killin' At The Soda Shop All Songs Unreleased Songs Kiss Me Quick