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A Retrospective
from the album A Retrospective 1982-1987
single art for Modernaire
Song details
Performer: Dez Dickerson
First Released: 16 February 2005 - A Retrospective 1982-1987
Album(s): A Retrospective 1982-1987
Writer(s): Dez Dickerson & Prince
Producer(s): Prince (co-produced by Dez Dickerson)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not known to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Modernaire (a.k.a. (I Want 2 B A) Modernaire) was performed (in part) by Dez Dickerson in Prince’s first film Purple Rain. Over 20 years later, Dez Dickerson released the song as the first track on his limited edition compilation A Retrospective 1982-1987 (from his own tape copy of the track, rather than the master copy).

Three years later, Dez Dickerson released the single Modernaire, including the original version of the track and multiple cover versions of the song by dance artists (labeled on the single as "remixes").

While specific recording dates are not known, it is believed that the track was recorded in May 1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (credited as "the Purple House basement studio").

Some reversed background vocals by Jill Jones include the lines "Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek / For that which thou hast heard me speak tonight", taken from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2). This same recording was later used in Intermission.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
May 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking, Jill Jones overdubs
May 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Dez Dickerson overdubs
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Modernaire 4:02 A Retrospective 1982-1987 album

Modernaire single

Studio a.k.a. (I Want 2 B A) Modernaire; Released from Dez Dickerson’s tape copy instead of a master copy of the track

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Modernaire Studio original full-length version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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