Number 1

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Number 1

HomeVideoGraffitiBridge.jpg
from the home video Graffiti Bridge
Song details
Performer: Robin Power
First Released: 24 April 1991 - Graffiti Bridge home video
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince and Robin Power
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Number 1 (copyrighted at ASCAP as Number One) is a song by performed by Robin Power in the Graffiti Bridge movie. The track was released as part of the score on the home video home video. No audio version of the track has been released.

Basic tracking of the studio version of the track took place in late 1989 or early 1990 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Robin Power recorded vocal overdubs on 9 July 1990 at Paisley Park Studios (while Prince was in Europe on the Nude Tour). The song’s drum track (of the movie version) was also used on Elephants & Flowers.

Number 1 was not included on any known configuration of the Graffiti Bridge album. It was planned for inclusion on a proposed album by Robin Power and a video was shot for this song (with a different backing music), but Prince soon lost interest and the album was never completed.

In 2008, Robin Power posted the unreleased video for the song (labeled as POWER IS #1) on one of her Youtube account. It is not known if it was officially sanctioned by Prince.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1989 or early 1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking
9 July 1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs by Robin Power (no Prince input)
Mid 1990 – early 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Re-recording with new backing music
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
n/a n/a n/a n/a There have been no audio-only releases of this track.
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Number 1 0:42 Graffiti Bridge home video Studio First verse only
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
POWER IS #1 4:16 BabyGirlsWorld video stream Studio Version with alternate music
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
New Power Generation (Pt. II) 2:57 Graffiti Bridge

New Power Generation single
Controversy single (1993 reissue)

Studio Includes "You want me to what?", sampled from Number 1
N.P.G.(Funky Weapon Remix) 5:01 New Power Generation single Remix Remix containing pieces from original and Pt. II; includes "You want me to what?", sampled from Number 1
Play Studio Recorded September/October 1990; opens with "You want me to what?", sampled from Number 1
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Number 1 Studio Recorded late 1989 - early 1990, before vocal overdubs
Number 1 Studio Version after vocal overdubs by Robin Power
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Even if the song title appears as Number 1 in the credits of Graffiti Bridge, the song was copyrighted at ASCAP as Number One.

References
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