Splash was offered as an mp3 download as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 1 (along with Mad, Funky Design, Peace, When Lay My Hands On U and NPG Ahdio Show #1). The track originates from 1985, however, and an excerpt of the track had been streamed on NPGOnlineLtd.com on 1 June 2000 before the full track was released in 2001. The track carries the artist credit "Prince and the Revolution", the first time this credit had been used for a previously-unreleased song since Power Fantastic in 1993 (and, at the present time, the latest song to do so).
Initial tracking took place on 1 August 1985 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA (the day after the release of the Pop Life single, three days before recording Empty Room). The track was sent to Clare Fischer for string recording in July 1986, but the song was not included on any known configurations of any album. It is likely that further work was done on the track prior to its eventual release, but recording dates are not known. This final version was planned for inclusion on the Prince and the Revolution album Roadhouse Garden album worked on in 1998-9, but the album remains unreleased.