Jerk Out was the first single to be released from The Time’s fourth album Pandemonium. It was released two weeks before the album. The b-side, Mo' Jerk Out, is an extended remix portion of the track. Jerk Out featured Prince as a writer, producer and performer, although his input was uncredited.
The single reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, number 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and number 6 in the Billboard Dance Music - Club Play chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA on 19 September 1990, indicating 500,000 copies shipped.