Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

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Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

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from the album Prince
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
single art for Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 19 October 1979 - Prince album
Album(s): Prince

The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides

4Ever

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

Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? is the second track on Prince's second album Prince, and, four months after the album's release, Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? was released as the album's second single (released in the USA and New Zealand).

Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? was also the b-side of Prince's first single to be released in Germany, I Wanna Be Your Lover.

In 1993, the track was included as the fifth track on Prince's first compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 2009, a rehearsal version (titled Y U Wanna Treat Me So Bad) was streamed on the website DrFunkenberry.com a day after it was recorded (recorded on 21 September 2009, and streamed on 22 September 2009); it was offered as an mp3 download for members of lotusflow3r.com the following month.


Recording process

While specific recording dates for the studio version are not known, the album sessions took place from late April to late May 1979 at Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA, USA. Overdubs and mixing took place at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
April - May 1979 Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA, USA Initial tracking
May - 13 June 1979 Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA Overdubs, mixing
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • André Cymone - vocal harmony (uncredited)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? 3:49 Prince

I Wanna Be Your Lover single
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? single
Still Waiting promo
Sexy Dancer single The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
4Ever

Studio
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? 3:49 Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? promo Mono version
Y U Wanna Treat Me So Bad 3:44 lotusflow3r.com mp3 download Rehearsal 21 September 2009, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; fades out during segue into Take Me With U
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? 3:49 Promotional release only Promo video See Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? video for more details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? ?:?? Live TV broadcast Lip sync 16 December 1979, American Bandstand, Hollywood, CA, USA
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? ?:?? Live TV broadcast Lip sync 8 January 1980, Midnight Special, Burbank, CA, USA


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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