The Stick

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The Stick

Thetime album.jpg
from the album The Time
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 29 July 1981 - The Time album
Album(s): The Time
Writer(s): Lisa Coleman and Prince (uncredited)
Producer(s): Morris Day and Prince (as Jamie Starr)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

The Stick is the sixth and final track on The Time’s first album The Time, and, in late 1981, it was included as the b-side of Girl, the album’s third and final single. The song was written by Lisa Coleman, although the Library Of Congress lists the song as being written by Prince, so both are given credit here, although the album does not contain any writing credits.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in April 1981 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (along with the rest of the album). As with much of the rest of the album, the recording mostly features only Prince and Morris Day, although Dr. Fink provides a synth solo, and Terry Lewis and Lisa Coleman appears on background vocals.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
April 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Morris Day - vocals and drums
  • Prince - background vocals and all instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Terry Lewis - background vocals
  • Dr. Fink - synth solo
  • Lisa Coleman - background vocals (listed as "various girlfriends")
  • Jellybean Johnson - credited for drums, but did not participate
  • Terry Lewis - credited for bass guitar and vocals, but only sang back up vocals
  • Jesse Johnson - credited for guitar and vocals, but did not participate
  • Jimmy Jam - credited for keyboards and vocals, but did not participate
  • Monte Moir - credited for keyboards and vocals, but did not participate

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Stick 8:23 The Time Studio
The Stick (Edit) 3:06 Girl single Edit

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Walk 9:30 What Time Is It?

The Walk single

Studio Mentions lyrics from The Stick’s chorus during spoken segment
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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