Times Squared

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Times Squared

Times Squared
from the album Times Squared
Song details
Performer: Madhouse; Eric Leeds
First Released: 19 February 1991 - Times Squared album
Album(s): Times Squared
Writer(s): Prince and Eric Leeds
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

Times Squared is the tenth track on Eric Leeds’ first album Times Squared (on the CD release, ninth track on other formats). The track was written by Eric Leeds and Prince, and produced by Prince. The song was initially recorded with the title Sticky Wicked on 9 June 1988, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (three days after Electric Chair in the same session that yielded Pickle and Pink Cashmere, the tracking of which was actually started after midnight on the 10th, and two days before an entirely different song named Sticky Wicked, the later Chaka Khan song). Eric Leeds recorded flute and tenor and baritone saxophone overdubs on 14 June 1988, also at Paisley Park Studios.

In August 1989, Prince asked Eric Leeds to compile tracks from the vault for a projected third Madhouse album. This track was one of ten selected, and in keeping with previous Madhouse releases tracks were now given tentative numerical titles of 17 to 26 (the album would be titled 26) - this track, until then known as 'Sticky Wicked' was given the title of 25 as the ninth track on the album at the time. When Prince suggested the album should be released as a solo album by Eric Leeds, Leeds came up with (new) titles for each track, in Spring 1990; this track became known as Times Squared with the original title of 'Sticky wicked' already used for the song recorded two days after this song and released by Chaka Khan on her CK album. Leeds' album became known as Times Squared.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
9 June 1988 Paisley Park Studios (Studio B),
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking as 'Sticky Wicked'
14 June 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Flute and tenor and baritone saxophone overdubs by Eric Leeds
August - September 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
1991 (estimate) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-mixing and George Clinton overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Prince – drum programming, bass guitar, synthesizer and piano
  • Eric Leeds – flute and saxophone

  • Eddie Miller - engineer (initial tracking)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Times Squared 5:44 Times Squared Studio
Times Squared (42nd Street Mix) 8:12 LP Music: No Words (bonus) Levi Seacer, Jr. remix w/ George Clinton overdubs bonus mp3 release to pledgers for the album

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
25 Studio Original Madhouse version recorded as 'Sticky Wicked' on 9 June 1988, before overdubs and re-recording
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The final title is likely a pun on Times Square, a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, NY, USA.

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