Strange Relationship (Prince song)

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"Strange Relationship (Live)"
Single by Prince
Released March 26, 2005
Format Digital single
Recorded March 21, 1987, First Avenue, Minneapolis
Genre Pop
Length 4:41, 4:02 ("Sign “☮” the Times" version)
Label NPG
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Live from Paisley Park"
(2005)
"Strange Relationship (Live)"
(2005)
"Glass Cutter"
(2005)
Sign “☮” the Times track listing
"If I Was Your Girlfriend"
(11)
"Strange Relationship"
(12)
"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
(13)

"Strange Relationship" is a song from Prince's 1987 double album, Sign “☮” the Times. A live performance of the song was released as a digital single, made available on Prince's website on March 26, 2005.

"Strange Relationship" has a long history. The song was actually recorded by Prince in 1982, during a highly prolific period in Prince's recording career, but remained in his vault for several years. The song was reworked in 1985 with input by Wendy & Lisa, giving it an unusual Indian sound, and was slated for the ill-fated 1986 Dream Factory project. After the disbanding of The Revolution, the Dream Factory project was shelved, but Prince retained "Strange Relationship" and reworked it once again for his Camille album. Camille was canceled, but most of the tracks, including "Strange Relationship" were absorbed into a 3-LP opus called Crystal Ball, due for a late 1986 release. Warner Bros. Records forced Prince to trim the album from three to two LPs which became Sign “☮” the Times, and "Strange Relationship" finally saw an official release. The released version dropped most of the Eastern influence, placing the sitar and wood flute deep into the mix.

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