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single art for S.S.T.
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 3 September 2005 - NPG Music Club download
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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

S.S.T. was first available as a download on the NPG Music Club within 24 hours of its recording in response to Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, LA, USA. Two days later, the song was offered as a download bundle with Brand New Orleans and Mavis Staples' You Will Be Moved. Eight weeks later, a CD single of S.S.T. was released.

Basic tracking took place on 2 September 2005 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, as Prince watched footage of Hurricane Katrina’s effects on the city of New Orleans while listening to Sade’s The Sweetest Taboo (from the 1985 album Promise, also released as a single), which became the acronym used for the song’s title ("Sade’s Sweetest Taboo").

"S.S.T." is also an acronym for "sea surface temperature", which can be used in forecasting hurricanes. Brand New Orleans, which is based around the final instrumental section of S.S.T., was recorded at the same session.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
2 September 2005 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
S.S.T. 3:39 NPG Music Club .wma download

S.S.T. single

Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
S.S.T. ?:?? NPG Music Club splash page stream Instrumental clip Streamed intro on 3 September 2005 without vocals

Additional Information

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