Cream (Prince song)

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"Cream"
UK 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Diamonds and Pearls
B-side "Horny Pony"
"Gangster Glam" (UK 12" and CD)
Released September 9, 1991
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
CD maxi single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, Winter, 1990
Genre Funk rock
Length 4:12
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Certification Gold (RIAA) - January 16, 1992
Prince singles chronology
"Gett Off"
(1991)
"Cream"
(1991)
"Insatiable"
(1991)

"Cream" is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls.[1] Prince states that he wrote the song while standing in front of a mirror.

The single's B-side, "Horny Pony", a pop-rap song which was replaced on Diamonds and Pearls at the last minute by "Gett Off", was re-used from the "Gett Off" single. "Cream" was also released as a maxi-single EP with remixes and songs/raps loosely based on "Cream". The EP was notable for including several prank telephone conversations.

In the UK, "Gangster Glam" was an additional B-side on the 12"/CD maxi single. In Japan, an EP was released with the tracks from the U.S. maxi single, and four tracks from the U.S. "Gett Off" maxi single. "Cream" is Prince's fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 as well remains his last number one single on the Hot 100 to date. This was Prince's first, (and only) number one single that didn't have any association with a movie of any kind. The song was featured in an episode of the BBC Two comedy Rev.

Chart performance[edit]

In the US, "Cream" hit #1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in November, 1991, keeping "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" by Bryan Adams from reaching the top spot[2] and it also made the Top 20 in the U.K. It was very well received at American radio—peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 Airplay, this was Prince's fifth and currently last #1 hit in the U.S.-- however, it did not make the R&B singles chart, because the track was not sent to Urban radio; "Insatiable" was sent to Urban instead.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Australia (ARIA) 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4
France (SNEP) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7
New Zealand (RIANZ) 5
Norway (VG-lista) 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 15

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 66

Single track listing[edit]

7"
No. Title Length
1. "Cream"   4:12
2. "Horny Pony"   4:17
UK CD/12"
No. Title Length
1. "Cream"   4:12
2. "Horny Pony"   4:17
3. "Gangster Glam"   5:06
US CD maxi single (9 40197-2)
No. Title Credits Length
1. "Cream (Album Version)"     4:12
2. "Cream (N.P.G. Mix)"     5:47
3. "Things Have Gotta Change (Tony M. Rap)"     3:57
4. "2 the Wire (Creamy Instrumental)"     3:13
5. "Get Some Solo"     1:31
6. "Do Your Dance (KC's Remix)"   Special Guest Vocal by Jevetta Steele; Mixed and Co-Produced by Keith "KC" Cohen; Assisted by Dave Aron and Eric Anset at Larrabee West 5:58
7. "Housebangers"   Additional Production and Mix by Junior Vasquez; Keyboard Programming by Joseph Moskowitz; Remix Engineer: Curt Frasca 4:23
8. "Q in Doubt (Instrumental)"   Edits by Dave Friedlander 4:00
9. "Ethereal Mix"   Edits by Dave Friedlander 4:43

Cover versions[edit]

Scottish electronica artist pomDeter recorded a cover of the song, which was available for download on the Internet.

English DJ Simon Bangs covered this song, most memorably in the summer of 2010 at the Numark Company Picnic.

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Romantic" by Karyn White
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 9, 1991- November 16, 1991
Succeeded by
"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Michael Bolton