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Graffiti Bridge

Warner Bros. Records

No one’s mentioning the lyrics. Maybe I should have put in a lyric sheet.

The concept for Graffiti Bridge began many years prior, when Prince planned to write a Broadway musical in which would feature both himself and Madonna in the lead roles. This project evolved into a movie sequel to 1984’s Purple Rain

All songs on the Graffiti Bridge album, which is the soundtrack to accompany the Graffiti Bridge movie were reworked versions of songs of much older and unreleased songs previously written by Prince throughout the 1980s. The oldest track on the album is Tick, Tick, Bang which he wrote in 1981 for the Vanity 6 project. The 1989 configuration of the album was named Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic and contained songs written around the Lovesexy period and also the creative influences to the succeeding album Batman. Graffiti Bridge fared better in the UK than in the US, holding the number 1 position in the charts for some five weeks. It is certified Gold by the RIAA. Graffiti Bridge was not officially supported by the Nude Tour, which was essentially a greatest hits tour, had in fact almost concluded by the time of the release of the album and only supported it during the final shows of the tour.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Drums
Morris Day New Power Generation
Sheila E. Graffiti Bridge
Bass Guitar
Levi Seacer Jr. Graffiti Bridge
Saxophone
Candy Dulfer
Eric Leeds We Can Funk
Trumpet
Atlanta Bliss

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distributor
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Steve Parke
Released
20 August 1990
Running Time
68:34
US Chart Peak
6
UK Chart Peak
1
Prince Album
#12

Tracklist

  1. Can't Stop This Feeling I Got (4:24)
  2. New Power Generation (3:29) 1
  3. Release It [performed by The Time] (3:54) 2
  4. The Question Of U (4:00)
  5. Elephants And Flowers (3:54)
  6. Round And Round [sung by Tevin Campbell] (3:55) 1
  7. We Can Funk [feat. George Clinton] (5:28)
  8. Joy In Repetition (4:53)
  9. Love Machine [performed by The Time and feat. Elisa Fiorillo] (3:34) 3
  10. Tick, Tick, Bang (3:30)
  11. Shake! [performed by The Time] (4:01) 1
  12. Thieves In The Temple (3:20) 1
  13. The Latest Fashion [The Time/Prince] (4:02)
  14. Melody Cool [sung by Mavis Staples] (3:39) 1
  15. Still Would Stand All Time (5:23)
  16. Graffiti Bridge (3:51)
  17. New Power Generation (Pt. II) [feat. T.C. Ellis] (2:57)

1 Released as singles.
2 Co-written with Levi Seacer Jr.
3 Co-written with Levi Seacer Jr. and Morris Day.

Singles from Graffiti Bridge

Thieves In The Temple single from Graffiti Bridge

Thieves In The Temple

Paisley Park Records

Released
2 August 1990
US Chart Peak
6
UK Chart Peak
7
  1. Thieves In The Temple [Remix] (8:03)
  2. Thieves In The Temple [House Mix] (6:50)
  3. Temple House Dub (5:06)
Round And Round single from Graffiti Bridge

Round And Round

Paisley Park Records

Released
25 September 1990
US Chart Peak
12
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Round And Round (3:55)
  2. Round And Round [Soul Mix Extended] (6:39)
  3. Round And Round [The House] (7:30)
  4. Round And Round [Soul Dub] (5:01)
New Power Generation single from Graffiti Bridge

New Power Generation

Paisley Park Records

Released
29 November 1990
US Chart Peak
64
UK Chart Peak
26
  1. New Power Generation (3:39)
  2. New Power Generation, Part II (2:57)
  3. Melody Cool [Extended Remix] (6:05)
Melody Cool single from Graffiti Bridge

Melody Cool

Paisley Park Records

Released
4 December 1990
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Melody Cool [Extended Remix] (6:05)
  2. Melody Cool [Edit] (3:16)
  3. Melody Cool [Extended LP Mix] (4:42)
Shake! single from Graffiti Bridge

Shake!

Paisley Park Records

Released
8 January 1991
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Shake! [Extended Mix] (4:57)
  2. Shake! [Battle Mix] (4:01)
  3. Shake! [Funky House Mix] (8:03)
  4. The Latest Fashion [Remix] (6:15)
  5. Shake! [Boom Mix] (5:05)
  6. Shake! (4:01)
New Power Generation [Funky Weapon Remix] single from Graffiti Bridge

New Power Generation [Funky Weapon Remix]

Paisley Park Records

Released
25 March 1991
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Thieves In The Temple [Remix] (8:10)
  2. Thieves In The House Mix (6:59)
  3. Temple House Dub (5:08)
  4. N.P.G. [Funky Weapon Remix] (5:02)
  5. T.C.'s Rap (3:12)
  6. Brother With A Purpose (4:19)
  7. Get Off (4:42)
  8. The Lubricated Lady (2:40)
  9. Loveleft, Loveright (5:00)

Supporting tour

Nude Tour

Nude Tour

1990

  • 56 shows from 2 June to 10 September, 1990

Graffiti Bridge – review

The 80s are over and the microchip has inherited the Earth. Graffiti Bridge is the example of when Prince mastered the computerisation of music that came to dominate it in the 90’s – even if all its songs themselves originate from the 80s. Indeed the songs were pulled from the vault for this project but not only were they dusted down they were entirely reworked and inoculated with the confidence of and which encapsulates the 90’s sound. Graffiti Bridge treats fans to three absolute Prince classics; The Question Of U (the unmistakable Blue Angel cloud guitar is sublime as the songs second voice), Joy In Repetition and Thieves In The Temple. Yet there are other tracks that it would be criminal should they ever be overlooked, namely the pumping We Can Funk and the gospel lead Still Would Stand All Time. The story line was almost a carbon copy of Purple Rain Graffiti Bridge is the sound track album to Prince’s second movie and so reunites with The Time once more with The Latest Fashion, Love Machine (the name of the first song Prince ever wrote, you know) and Shake! Prince too continues the party spirit with Elephants And Flowers and Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got but in the risk of repeating oneself (pardon the pun) the true set piece of the album and which deserves repeated mentioning is the mighty, timeless Joy In Repetition.

Graffiti Bridge

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