Work That Fat

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Work That Fat

from the album
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 27 October 2023 - Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Album(s): Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
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

Work That Fat was recorded on 12 January 1991 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The comical song re-uses backing music from Martika’s Kitchen (recorded the day before, 11 January 1991). Prince uses a pitched-down voice throughout the track (not dissimilar to that used on Bob George), and the narrator describes a date with a fat girl who eats everything in sight in the narrator’s apartment (similar to the Exodus album segue commonly known as the "Mashed Potato Girl" segue).

Regardless of the disastrous date, the narrator likes his women “fat ‘n’ proud, cause when they sit down they sit all around, the whole house, sidewalk and everything else.” It is not known if, but seems unlikely that the song was intended for Diamonds And Pearls or any other project. Given the distorted vocals and the comical nature of the song, it was probably thought of as a side project of some sort.

Both Sonny T. and someone named Mike are called out by name during the song, although the song is a sole Prince recording.

Work That Fat was released in October 2023 as the fifth track of Vault Tracks part 2, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
12 January 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Work That Fat 4:35 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Studio

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Although sometimes assumed it is unlikely the 'Mike' on guitar' is in reference to Mike Scott. He would not go on to join Prince’s (known as at the time) band, until years later. It is much more likely a reference to Michael ‘Mike’ Koppelman, who engineered the session.

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