Teacher, Teacher

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Teacher, Teacher

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

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

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 among others, bass, guitar, organ, synth strings, calliope, finger cymbals and their vocals. The reworked version 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 edition of the 1999 album. The 1985 updated version of the song was released in September 2020 as the second track of Vault Tracks part 1, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
18 June 1985 (estimate), 21 June 1985 & 26 June 1985 The Complex Studios,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Reworking including bass, guitar, organ, synth strings, calliope and finger cymbal overdubs by Wendy & Lisa (18th); mixes (21st); overdubs, mix (26th)
17 or 18 April 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel

1982 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

1985 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Wendy Melvoin - additional bass, acoustic and electric guitar and background vocals
  • Lisa Coleman - additional organ, synth, calliope, fingercymbals and background vocals

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

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The released mix of this track was done by Niko Bolas specifically for the 1999 Super Deluxe Edition 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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