Teacher, Teacher

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Teacher, Teacher

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from the album
1999 Super Deluxe
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 29 November 2019 - 1999 Super Deluxe album
Album(s): 1999 Deluxe

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe

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

Teacher, Teacher is a song first recorded in Spring 1982 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (along with several other tracks that would re-appear over the next several years). On 18 June 1985, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman worked on the track further, at The Complex Studios, Los Angeles, California, adding vocals and sitar. It was included as the eighth track on the late April 1986 configuration of the Prince and the Revolution album Dream Factory. It was included as the seventh track on the first disc of the 3 June 1986 configuration, but was not included on the 18 July 1986 configuration. It was later sent to Three O’Clock for consideration along with Neon Telephone, Girl O’ My Dreams, We Can Funk and Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got, but the band decided to use only Neon Telephone.

The song was released in 2019 as the tenth track on the Vault Tracks part 2 disc of a Deluxe edition of the 1999 album. The 1985 updated version of the song was released in September 2020 on one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe set.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
18 June 1985 The Complex Studios,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Vocal and (Fairlight) sitar overdubs by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman
Recording Personnel

1982 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Dream Factory version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (assumed)
  • Wendy Melvoin - additional bass, acoustic and electric guitar and background vocals
  • Lisa Coleman - sitar (Fairlight) and background vocals

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Teacher, Teacher 3:37 1999 Super Deluxe
Teacher, Teacher 3:07 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Studio 1985 Version

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The released mix of this track was done by Nick Bolas specifically for the 1999 Super Deluxe release. It was made to replicate the original mix from the time the song was initially tracked, as much as possible. So even when a slightly different mix of this track might exist, the now released version is not considered a true alternate mix of the track.

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