Bite The Beat

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Bite The Beat

from the album Vanity 6

single art for Bite The Beat
Song details
Performer: Vanity 6
First Released: 11 August 1982 - Vanity 6 album
Album(s): Vanity 6
Writer(s): Prince (lyrics, credited to Brenda Bennett) and Jesse Johnson (music)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to The Starr* Company and Vanity 6)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Bite The Beat is the seventh track on Vanity 6’s first and only album Vanity 6, and, in Fall 1982, Bite The Beat was released as the album’s third single. In 1983, it was also included on the 12" single of Drive Me Wild, the album’s fourth and final single. Prince wrote the lyrics, which were credited to Brenda Bennett, while the music was written by Jesse Johnson (his first published work).

While specific recording dates are unknown, basic tracking took place in late March 1982 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced He’s So Dull, If A Girl Answers (Don’t Hang Up) and Nasty Girl).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late March 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Bite The Beat 3:12 Vanity 6

Bite The Beat single
Drive Me Wild single

Bite The Beat 3:12 Bite The Beat 7" promo
Studio mono

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • While posting on Facebook about playing lead guitar on the track in 2014, Jesse Johnson stated "Played it on a purple metal flaked Morite guitar just like Sugarfoot & the original guitar player with the B52s. That guy was amazing"

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