Sexual Suicide

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Sexual Suicide

from the album Crystal Ball
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 29 January 1998 - Crystal Ball album
Album(s): Crystal Ball
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

Sexual Suicide is the seventh track on the second disc of Prince’s 20th album Crystal Ball (his fourth using the name ). The album is not clearly divided between Prince tracks and tracks, but the liner notes' discussion of this track discuss "Prince" making this track, so it is credited to Prince in this entry.

Basic tracking took place on 10 August 1985, at the Washington Avenue Warehouse in Edina, Minnesota (six days after Empty Room, shortly before Go). The liner notes in Crystal Ball state that Sheila E. showed Prince how to play the drumbeat, but she is not given any writing credit.

The song was initially placed as the tenth and final track on an April 1986, configuration of the Dream Factory album. It was then included as the twelfth and final track (tenth song) on the first disc of a 3 June 1986, configuration of the album. The track was removed from the album before the last known configuration, dated 18 July 1986, and the album was ultimately abandoned.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
10 & 11 August 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
Tracking, horn overdubs, mix (10th); new horn overdubs, mix (11th)
25 & 26 September 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mix (Susan Rogers & Coke Johnson, Prince not present (25th); rough mix (26th)
18 November 1985 (estimate) Pumacrest Mobile Recording Unit (from Advision Studios)
in Nice, France
Mix (Wendy & Lisa, probably with Prince)
22 December 1985 Sunset Sound- Studio 3 ,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mix including instrumental mix
14 January 1986 Sunset Sound- Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mix including instrumental mix
17 & 18 April 1986 Sunset Sound- Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mix for Dream Factory
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Sexual Suicide 3:39 Crystal Ball Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Sexual Suicide (instrumental) Studio instrumental mix
Sexual Suicide Studio Some additional vocals and instrumentation
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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