Neon Telephone

From Prince Vault
Jump to: navigation, search
Nasty Girl   < < < Non-Prince Songs All Prince Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Neurotic Lover’s Bedroom
Neon Telephone

Vermillion album.jpg
from the album Vermillion
Neontelephone single.jpeg
single art for Neon Telephone
Song details
Performer: Three O’Clock
First Released: 24 May 1988 - Vermillion album
Album(s): Vermillion
Writer(s): Prince (as Joey Coco)
Producer(s): Ian Ritchie
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

Neon Telephone is the sixth track on Three O’Clock’s first and only Paisley Park Records album Vermillion (their fourth and final album), and soon after the album’s release, Neon Telephone was released as the album’s second single (which also turned out to be the band’s final single). Writing credit is given to Joey Coco, a pseudonym used on a few 1985-7 songs given to other artists (including You’re My Love, Telepathy and Baby Go-Go).

Basic tracking took place on 10 July 1985 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse in Edina, Minnesota (the day after ♥ Or $). It was initially considered for use on Parade and/or Under The Cherry Moon but was instead saved for later use (it did, however, inspire the use of a neon telephone in Christopher Tracy’s apartment in the movie Under The Cherry Moon).

It was sent to Three O’Clock for consideration along with Girl O’ My Dreams, We Can Funk, Teacher, Teacher and Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got, but the band decided to use only this track. Three O’Clock’s vocal overdubs and instrumentation were recorded in 1987 - early 1988 at American Recording, Woodland Hills, California, retaining only Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman’s background vocals from the original recording.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
10 July 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
Basic tracking
1987 - early 1988 American Recording,
Woodland Hills, CA, USA
Three O’Clock re-recording (no Prince input)
Recording Personnel

Three O’Clock version

Unreleased version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Lisa Coleman - keyboards and background vocals (uncertain involvement)
  • Wendy Melvoin - guitars and background vocals (uncertain involvement)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Neon Telephone 3:56 Vermillion

Neon Telephone single

Neon Telephone (Extended 12" Version) 6:28 Neon Telephone single Extended Version

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Neon Telephone Studio Prince’s original studio version
Neon Telephone Studio alternate take of Prince’s original studio version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Neon Telephone inspired the use of a neon telephone in Christopher Tracy’s apartment in the movie Under The Cherry Moon.

Nasty Girl   < < < All Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Neurotic Lover’s Bedroom