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It's gettin' funky n here, Prince - The Dance Electric

It’s gettin‘ funky n here, Prince – The Dance Electric

Prince & The Revolution – The Dance Electric (unreleased) long version

This is the original full-length August 17, 1984 recording given to André Cymone for his third studio album A.C.

Prince, live, The Dance Electric, Jimmy Kimmel Show

 

Prince, The dance electric, special unreleased funky song

Prince & The Revolution - The Dance Electric (unreleased) w/ lyrics

Prince, The Dance Electric, Lyrics, Songtext

Good morning children
Take a look out your window
Our world is falling
It’s almost time 2 go(Dance)Dance the Dance Electric
The rhythm is love and love is blind
Love your enemies
There isn’t much time, there isn’t much timeLook – our world is falling
A rhythm-less house of blinded prophecy
Hear our Master calling
This isn’t what He wanted us 2 beWe got 2 dance the Dance Electric
Listen 2 the rhythm of your soul
Come on and dance the Dance Electric
We better love each other, it’s almost time 2 goDon’t – it don’t make U happy
2 give another someone your own smile
Dance the dance electric
Never mind your hatred, try a brand new style

Dance the Dance Electric
Listen 2 the rhythm of your soul
U got 2 dance the Dance Electric
We better love each other, it’s almost time 2 go

We… love… all… enemies

Look – U’re livin‘ in Babylon
Makin‘, but not feelin‘ love at all
When your youth is gone, when it comes 2 dawn
A light of truth will shine and U will fall

That’s why U got 2 dance the Dance Electric
Listen 2 the rhythm of your soul
U got 2 dance the Dance Electric
We better love each other, it’s almost time 2 go

See the light inside of us
U’re stuck in living, livin‘ life as bad
Whatever U do, don’t U let your life go without my love
It’s the only life that U will ever have

Why don’t U (dance) dance the Dance Electric?
Listen 2 the rhythm of your soul
Why don’t U dance the Dance Electric?
We better love each other, it’s almost time 2 go (almost time 2)

Dance the Dance Electric
Listen 2 the rhythm of your soul
Come on and dance the Dance Electric
We better love each other, it’s almost time 2 go

Prince – The Dance Electric

 

Andre Cymone – The Dance Electric

The Dance Electric Infos

 

The Dance Electric

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from the album A.C.
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single art for The Dance Electric

Song details


Performer: André Cymone
First Released: 16 July 1985The Dance Electric single
Album(s): A.C.
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince and André Cymone
Live Appearances


First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:
The Dance Electric is the first track on André Cymone’s third studio album A.C., and, four weeks before the album’s release, The Dance Electric was released as the album’s first single. This track is the only studio collaboration between Prince and André Cymone during Cymone’s solo career following his departure from Prince’s band. In 2011, an expanded edition of the album was released on CD, including the Edited Version a.k.a. Single Version of the song.

Initial tracking for Prince’s initial version took place on 17 August 1984 (two days before The Screams Of Passion) at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA (listed on the album as „Paisley Park Recording, Somewhere in Minnesota“).

Prince reportedly gave the song to André Cymone after Cymone’s mother asked Prince for a song (Cymone himself was too proud to do so). André Cymone recorded lead vocal overdubs between late 1984 and Summer 1985 at one of four studios (which one is not known): Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, USA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA; Celestial Sound, New York, NY, USA; or Metro Studio, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Prince also referred to „the dance electric“ in the song God, recorded three days later.

In 2001, a 1986 live version by Prince and the Revolution was included on NPG Ahdio Show # 7, but the track was not available separately.

In 2012, a mostly-instrumental rehearsal version by Prince and the New Power Generation, likely recorded in mid-April 2012, was streamed on drfunkenberry.com to promote the forthcoming Welcome 2 Australia Tour; the site stated that „To begin every week of rehearsal, to get the rust off, Prince and the band jam one song for 30-45 minutes.“

Recording Information


Recording Sessions


Date Studio Additional info
17 August 1984 Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA Initial tracking
Late 1984 – Summer 1985 Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, USA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA; Celestial Sound, New York, NY, USA; or Metro Studio, Minneapolis, MN, USA Lead vocal overdubs by André Cymone
Recording Personnel


André Cymone version

Unreleased version

Versions


Released Versions


Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Dance Electric 5:44 A.C. Studio
The Dance Electric (Long Version) 5:31 The Dance Electric single
A.C. 2013 re-issue
Edit
The Dance Electric (Edited Version) 3:59 The Dance Electric single
A.C. 2011 re-issue
A.C. 2013 re-issue
Edit a.k.a. The Dance Electric (Single Version)
The Dance Electric (Extended Version) 10:24 A.C. 2013 re-issue Edit Almost instrumental version, lacking vocals by André Cymone; possibly the full backing track given to André Cymone before his lead vocals were recorded
The Dance Electric (Prince and the Revolution) 2:31 NPG Ahdio Show # 7 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Live 30 May 1986, Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA; part of medley with Automatic / D.M.S.R. / The Dance Electric
Video Versions


Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Dance Electric 4:08 Promotional release only Promo video See The Dance Electric for details
Broadcasts/streaming


Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Dance Electric (Prince & The NPG) 8:37 drfunkenberry.com stream Rehearsal a.k.a. Jam The DancElectric; recorded mid-April 2012, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
The Dance Electric (Prince & The NPG) ?:?? Delayed TV performance Live 23 October 2012, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, (Behind) El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, CA, USA
Unreleased Versions


Title Version Additional Info
The Dance Electric Studio Original full-length 1984 recording by Prince and the Revolution
The Dance Electric Studio Full-length recording after vocal overdubs by André Cymone, included on unreleased acetate of The Dance Electric single
Additional Information


See also Trivia

  • Promotional image by Jordan Strauss posted with 2012 rehearsal stream:
2012-04-16 TheDanceElectricRehearsalCoverFull.jpg

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