Six And ½ is the b-side of Madhouse’s single 6, the first and only single from their first album 8. Six And ½ was written by Eric Leeds (credited to Madhouse) and produced by Prince (also credited to Madhouse).
Basic tracking for this song took place on 8 October 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California during post-production work for the album 8. At this point the track was given the title Nine, logically following the last recorded Madhouse track Eight. However when the track was chosen to serve as b-side for the single 6, this song was dubbed Six And ½.
With the title Nine now vacant again, Prince (possibly with Eric Leeds) at that point recorded another song titled Nine, which remains unreleased, and is different from the released song Nine, which wasn’t recorded until the spring of 1987, before Prince and Eric Leeds embarked on recording songs for the second Madhouse album 16 in July and August 1987.
Six And ½ is notable for being the only Madhouse track to include trumpet from Atlanta Bliss, and the only Madhouse track to be written entirely by Eric Leeds.