Girls & Boys

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Girls & Boys

from the album Parade
Girls & Boys
single art for Girls & Boys
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 31 March 1986 - Parade album
Album(s): Parade

Girl 6
One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain't Over!
Indigo Nights

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

Girls & Boys is the fifth track on Prince's eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution, and, four months after the album's release, Girls & Boys was released as the album's third single in the UK and Europe. The track was included as a b-side on the corresponding US single release, Anotherloverholenyohead.

In 1989, it was included as the second track on a CD re-release of Kiss, the album's first single.

In 1996, the song was also included as the fourth track on the soundtrack album Girl 6 (a compilation of music by Prince and associated artists for the movie Girl 6, directed by Spike Lee).

In 2002, a live version was included as the eighth track on the live album One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain't Over!.

In 2008, a 2007 live version was included as the second track on the live album Indigo Nights (beginning a medley which continues with The Song Of The Heart, Delirious and Just Like U (Monologue)).

Basic tracking took place on 8 July 1985 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song at some point in mid-late 1985 at Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, California, but Prince preferred the track without orchestration, and chose to use the track without orchestration for the final release.

Girls & Boys is the first album track released by Prince (under his own name) to contain musical contributions by Eric Leeds who would become long-term musical collaborators (Eric Leeds had previously contributed to The Family side-project).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
8 July 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Mid-to-late 1985 Monterey Sound Studios,,
Glendale, CA, USA
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel

Parade version

Indigo Nights version

Unreleased version

Orchestral Players:
  • Violins - Isabelle Daskoff, Francine Walsh, Mari Botnik, Pam Gates, Janice Gower, Karen Jones, Betty Moor, Irma Neumann, Assa Drori, Bill Hymanson, Oscar Chasow, Ron Clark, Henry Ferber, Erne Granat, Ed Green, Bill Hybel, Reggie Hill, Pat Johnson, Don Palmer, Sheldon Sanov, Joe Schonbrun, Terry Schonbrun and Harold Wolf
  • Violas - Pam Goldsmith, Margot Maclaine, Carol Mukagawa, Myer Bello, Alan Deverich, Norman Forrest, Alan Harshman, Jorge Moraga and David Stock
  • Cellos - Jim Arkatoff, Ray Kelley, Ray Kramer and Fred Seykora
  • Basses - Chuck Dominico and Arni Egilsson.
  • Woodwinds - Gene Cipriano, Don Ashworth, John Clarke, Dave Edwards, Gary Foster, Jim Kanter, John Lowe, Dick Mitchell, Jack Nimitz, Joe Soldo and Bob Tricarico
  • Trumpets - Ray Brown, Rich Cooper, Bob Findley, Larry Ford, Bob O'Donnell and Al Vizutti
  • Trombones - Garnett Brown, Charles Loper, Morris Repass and Bill Watrous
  • French Horns - Marni Johnson, David Duke, Joe Myer, Brian O'Connor, Calvin Smith and Jim Thatcher
  • Tuba - Tommy Johnson
  • Tympani and percussion - Brent Fischer

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Girls & Boys 5:30 Parade album

Girls & Boys single
Anotherloverholenyohead single
The Story So Far... promotional album
Kiss single re-issue
Girl 6

Girls & Boys (Edit) 3:27 Girls & Boys single

Anotherloverholenyohead single
Peach single

Girls & Boys 6:59 One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain't Over! Live 20 April 2002, am, The Highlands Hollywood, Hollywood, CA, USA
Girls & Boys 4:05 Indigo Nights Live 17 September 2007, am, 3121 at The IndigO2, London, England
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Girls & Boys 3:54 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Promo video See Girls & Boys video for more details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Intermission ?:?? Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Studio Studio version played during show; 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany; uncredited on artwork
Intermission Studio Recorded 12-15 June 1988; full version of above without audience noise
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Girls & Boys Studio Alternate beginning and ending than released version
Girls & Boys Studio Track with unused orchestral overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • spoken French word included on the original recording (referred to as "French seduction" on liner notes) is credited to costume designer Marie France

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