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from the album 8
Song details
Performer: Madhouse
First Released: 21 January 1987 - 8 album
Album(s): 8
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Five is the fifth track on Madhouse’s first album 8. Five was written and produced by Prince (credited only to Madhouse), with saxophone and musical input by Eric Leeds. No musician is credited on the record.

Basic tracking took place on 29 September 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day after Baby Doll House, One and Two, the same day as Three, Four and When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes, the day before Six and Seven), although it is credited as being recorded at "Madhouse Studios", Pittsburgh, PA, USA (a fictional studio). It is likely that the title was assigned only after the final sequence had been arranged for the album.

The track features telephones conversation in the background throughout, but it is not known (except Prince) who was involved in this recording.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
29 September 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking, horn overdubs, mix
Recording Personnel
  • Eric Leeds - tenor saxophone (uncredited)
  • Prince - all other instruments and vocals, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Unidentified vocalists - telephone conversation

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Five 1:18 8 Studio

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The sped-up sample of a woman saying "Yes, operator what city please?" in the beginning of the track also appears on Bob George recorded a few months later.
  • The idea of having an instrumental played under different and unrelated phone conversations will be taken up a few years later on the fourth Segue on the New Power Generation’s first ’solo' album Gold Nigga.

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