Gett Off

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"Gett Off"
UK 7" single
Single by Prince and the New Power Generation
from the album Diamonds and Pearls
B-side "Horny Pony" (7")
"Violet the Organ Grinder" (12")
"Gangster Glam" (12")
"Clockin' the Jizz" (12")
Released July 29, 1991[1]
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
CD maxi single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, May, 1991
Genre R&B, funk, New jack swing, dance
Length Album/7": 4:31
Extended remix: 8:31
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Certification Gold (RIAA) - October 23, 1991
Prince and the New Power Generation singles chronology
"New Power Generation"
(1990)
"Gett Off"
(1991)
"Cream"
(1991)

"Gett Off" is the lead single by Prince and The New Power Generation from the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls.[2] The song was a last-minute addition to the album, replacing "Horny Pony", which became the song's B-side (on the packaging for Diamonds and Pearls, "Horny Pony" is written in red over "Gett Off", to fit in with the narrative track listing.) The cover uses a face drawn in place of the first letter in the word Off, and Prince's name written in reverse. The song was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching #4 in the United Kingdom. In the United States, "Gett Off" went to #21 on the pop chart and #6 on the R&B charts.[3] In addition, "Gett Off" was Prince's seventh and final number one on the US dance chart.[4]

Development[edit]

"Gett Off" evolved from several earlier compositions, starting with the song "Glam Slam" from 1988's Lovesexy. Prince created an unreleased remix in early 1991 called "Glam Slam '91", which used the chorus of "Glam Slam", but with new music and lyrics that borrowed partially from Graffiti Bridge's "Love Machine". Prince toyed with the song some more, adding a new chorus, and involving the newly formed New Power Generation. The song was renamed "Gett Off", which was ironically very similar to a B-side/remix called "Get Off" from the maxi single release of "New Power Generation", also from Graffiti Bridge. "Gett Off" also uses a few musical segments from "Get Off". The new track features vocal contributions from Rosie Gaines and Tony M.,[citation needed] and flute by long-time Prince associate Eric Leeds. Prince also adds a guitar solo. Prince delivered the song exclusively to nightclubs on his 33rd birthday, on a now very valuable 12" single featuring the otherwise unavailable "Gett Off (Damn Near 10 Minutes Mix)" remix. It was so well-received that Prince added it at the last minute to Diamonds and Pearls.[citation needed] The song was released as a single with the rap-pop number "Horny Pony" as its B-side, and also as a maxi-single with several remixes, which varied from country to country. It was #97 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's.

"Mother Popcorn"[edit]

The lyrics "I like 'em fat, I like 'em proud, you've got to have a mother for me..." and the music that accompanies them in the fourth verse of "Gett Off" are paraphrased from the 1969 James Brown song "Mother Popcorn". Prince alludes to the borrowing in a vocal aside ("Reminds me of something James used to say..."). The musical quotation is preceded by a crackling noise mimicking the sound of an old vinyl record and a sample of Brown's song.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 56
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
UK Singles Chart 4
Australian Singles Chart 8

Releases[edit]

7" releases[edit]

US 7-19225
  1. "Gett Off" (single remix) – 4:31
  2. "Horny Pony" – 4:17
UK W0056
DEU 5439-19225-7
  1. "Gett Off" (single remix) – 4:01
  2. "Horny Pony" – 4:17
UK PROMO SAM 888
  1. "Gett Off" (Urge Single Edit) – 4:24

12" releases[edit]

US 0-40138
US PROMO PRO-A-4920
AUS MX79029-30
UK 0-40138
  1. "Gett Off" (extended remix) – 8:31
  2. "Gett Off" (Houstyle) – 8:20
  3. "Violet the Organ Grinder" – 4:59
  4. "Gett Off" (Flutestramental) – 7:26
  5. "Gangster Glam" – 6:04
  6. "Clockin' the Jizz" (Instrumental) – 4:51
UK W0056T
DEU 9362-40187-0
  1. "Gett Off" (Urge Mix) – 8:20
  2. "Gett Off" (Thrust Mix) – 9:29
UK PROMO SAM 857
  1. "Gett Off" (Urge Mix) – 8:20
  2. "Gett Off" (Flute Instrumental) – 7:26
  3. "Gett Off" (Purple Pump Mix) – 8:31
  4. "Gett Off" (Thrust Edit) – 4:48
  5. "Gett Off" (Thrust Dub) – 7:24
US
PROMO JUN7
  1. "Gett Off" (Damn Near 10 Minutes) – 9:22
PROMO PRO-A-4977
  1. "Gett Off" (Urge Mix) – 8:20
  2. "Gett Off" (Urge Dub) – 4:35
  3. "Gett Off" (Flutestramental) – 4:12
  4. "Gett Off" (Thrust Mix) – 9:29
  5. "Gett Off" (Thrust Dub) – 7:24
  6. "Gett Off" (Rosie's Dub) – 5:30

CD maxi single releases[edit]

US
9 40138-2
  1. "Gett Off" (single remix) – 4:31
  2. "Gett Off" (Houstyle) – 8:20
  3. "Violet the Organ Grinder" – 4:59
  4. "Gett Off" (Flutestramental) – 7:26
  5. "Gangster Glam" – 6:04
  6. "Clockin' the Jizz" (Instrumental) – 4:51
  7. "Gett Off" (Extended Remix) – 8:31
PROMO PRO-CD-4977
  1. "Gett Off" (single remix) – 4:01
  2. "Gett Off" (Urge Single Edit) – 4:25
  3. "Gett Off" (Thrust Single Edit) – 4:48
  4. "Gett Off" (Purple Pump Mix) – 8:31
  5. "Gett Off" (Urge Mix) – 8:20
  6. "Gett Off" (Thrust Mix) – 9:29
UK W0056CD
DEU 9362-40188-2
  1. "Gett Off" (single remix) – 4:01
  2. "Gett Off" (Urge Single Edit) – 4:24
  3. "Gett Off" (Purple Pump Mix) – 8:31
JAP WPCP-4630
  1. "Gett Off" (extended remix) – 8:31
  2. "Gett Off" (Houstyle) – 8:20
  3. "Violet the Organ Grinder" – 4:59
  4. "Gangster Glam" – 6:04
  5. "Cream" (N.P.G Mix) – 5:47
  6. "Things Have Gotta Change" (Tony M. Rap) – 3:57
  7. "2 the Wire" (Creamy Instrumental) – 3:13
  8. "Get Some Solo" – 1:31
  9. "Do Your Dance" (KC's Remix) – 5:58
  10. "Housebangers" – 4:23
  11. "Q in Doubt" (instrumental) – 4:00
  12. "Ethereal Mix" – 4:43

Notes[edit]

  • "Damn Near 10 Minutes Mix", "Single Remix", "Extended Remix" a.k.a. "Purple Pump Mix" and "Album Version" are edits of the original song.
  • "Urge Mix" (alternatively titled "Houstyle"), "Thrust Dub" (alternatively titled "Flutestramental"), "Thrust Single Edit", "Urge Single Edit", and "Thrust Mix" are house versions remixed by Steve "Silk" Hurley. Other titles are variations around the original song with added rap parts, chants or instrumental parts.

Appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uptown: The Vault – The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince: Nilsen Publishing 2004, ISBN 91-631-5482-X. P.124
  2. ^ Prince And The New Power Generation* - Gett Off at Discogs
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 471. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 208. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Makin' Happy" by Crystal Waters
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 28, 1991
Succeeded by
"Ride on the Rhythm" by Little Louie Vega featuring Marc Anthony