I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

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"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
U.S. 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Sign “☮” the Times
B-side "Hot Thing"
Released November 3, 1987
Format 7" single
12" single
Recorded Home studio, Minneapolis and Sunset Sound; 1982–1986
Genre Pop rock
Length 7" edit: 3:39
Album/12": 6:31
Label Paisley Park
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"U Got the Look"
(1987)
"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
(1987)
"Alphabet St."
(1988)
Sign “☮” the Times track listing
"Strange Relationship"
(12)
"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
(13)
"The Cross"
(14)

"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" was the fourth and final single from Prince's 1987 double album, Sign “☮” the Times.[1] The track was originally cut in Prince's home studio in 1982. It was brought out of the vault and updated for the unreleased, final album with The Revolution, Dream Factory. At this time, the song had a few seconds of the bluesy coda just before the main guitar solo. It was edited out before Sign “☮” the Times.

The song is an upbeat pop number featuring a combination of live drumming with two drum machine patterns[citation needed]. Also featured are two guitar solos, one wild and energetic and one more bluesy and subdued in the full album cut. The song also feature small elements of alternative music. The song consists of two verses and two choruses, followed by a lengthy instrumental coda. The lyrics paint the image of a woman seeking a man to replace the one who left, while Prince refuses, saying that she wouldn't be satisfied with a one-night stand. The music and accompanying music video pushed this song to the top 10 in the U.S. The video was pulled from the Sign “☮” the Times film, and is a live take of the song and included the horn section of Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss.

The live version of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" from the video and Sign “☮” the Times film includes a horn solo in the song's coda. The solo lifts a part of the "Camille" and Black Album track, "Rock Hard In a Funky Place".

B-side[edit]

The single was backed by the funky "Hot Thing", also from Sign “☮” the Times. The 12-inch single includes the full album version of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man", as well as several remixes of "Hot Thing". One of these was included on the Ultimate compilation album in 2006. "Hot Thing" received enough airplay by DJs to chart on its own, reaching #63.

Track listing[edit]

7": Paisley Park / 7-28288 (US)[edit]

  1. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (fade) – 3:39
  2. "Hot Thing" (edit) – 3:40

12": Paisley Park / 0-20728 (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" – 6:31
  2. "Hot Thing" (edit) – 3:40
  3. "Hot Thing" (Extended Remix) – 8:32
  4. "Hot Thing" (Dub Version) – 6:53

12": Warner Bros / W8288T (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" – 6:31
  2. "Hot Thing" (edit) – 3:40
  3. "Hot Thing" (Extended Remix) – 8:32

*also released as a picture disc (W8288TP)

Jordan Knight version[edit]

"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
Single by Jordan Knight
from the album Jordan Knight
Released July 20, 1999
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 1999
Genre Dance-pop, teen pop
Length 4:49
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Robin Thicke
Jordan Knight singles chronology
"Give It to You"
(1999)
"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
(1999)
"Where Is Your Heart Tonight" (2005)

Jordan Knight, of New Kids on the Block, recorded a cover of the song as a ballad for his 1999 self-titled solo debut. The video debuted on TRL on July 27, 1999 at number 10. It features background vocals by Knight & Robin Thicke

Track listing[edit]

US Single

  1. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Soul Solution Radio Edit) - 4:03
  2. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (LP Version) - 4:04

US Vinyl, 12"

A1 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Soul Solution Ext. Vox) - 10:31
A2 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Soul Solution Radio Edit) - 4:03
B1 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (CZR's Funk Parlor Remix) - 8:13
B2 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Soul Solution Dub) - 7:48

UK Maxi-CD

  1. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (LP Version) - 4:06
  2. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Uptempo Remix Radio Edit) - 3:54
  3. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Soul Solution Radio Mix) - 4:09
  4. Give It To You (Club Remix) - 5:32
  5. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (CD-ROM Video) - 4:09

Other cover versions[edit]

  • The Goo Goo Dolls included a cover of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (shortened to "Never Take the Place of Your Man") on their 1990 album Hold Me Up. The vocals for this version are sung by Lance Diamond who performs in their hometown of Buffalo, New York.
  • After performing the song live on tour, Eels recorded a cover for their 2008 album Useless Trinkets. The album also features a cover of "If I Was Your Girlfriend", another song from Prince's Sign “☮” the Times album. The video for this version is on the DVD Eels with Strings: Live at Town Hall, but without the audio. Authorization for use of the song was not received and the audio was replaced by an 'emergency commentary' explaining the situation in a veiled, but humorous manner by Eels leader E and guitarist The Chet.
  • Flesh for Lulu released a live cover on their 1990 album Final Vinyl (and Live Flesh).
  • The German singer/songwriter Michy Reincke released a German Version of "I could never take the Place of your Man" on his secound solo CD "RinTinTin" in late Summer 1992, translated and reworked as "Ich bin nicht Dein Mann". In 2010 he released an acoustic Version of "Ich bin nicht Dein Mann" on his CD "Palais Salam".
  • Sigue Sigue Sputnik covered it on their 2007 e.p Ray of Light.
  • Seattle band Fruit Bats reference the track in their ballad "Singing Joy to the World" from the 2010 release "The Ruminant Band".
  • My Morning Jacket performed a cover of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" during their set at the 2005 Bonnaroo Music Festival.
  • Country music singer Christian Kane has also performed a cover of this song.
  • The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra included a cover on their 2009 EP "The Dreaming."
  • The Danish punkband Gob Squad produced a cover for the 2004 compilation "Punk Chartbusters, Volume 5"

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