When You Were Mine
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|"When You Were Mine"|
|Song by Prince from the album Dirty Mind|
|Released||October 8, 1980|
|Format||Vinyl 12" promo single|
|Dirty Mind track listing|
|"When You Were Mine"|
|Single by Cyndi Lauper|
|from the album She's So Unusual|
|B-side||"I'll Kiss You"|
|Released||January 31, 1985|
|Recorded||December 1982–February 1983
at The Record Plant
(New York City, New York)
|Cyndi Lauper singles chronology|
"When You Were Mine" is a song written and released by Prince on his 1980 album, Dirty Mind. Though not released as a single, the song received a promotional 12" release (which included "Gotta Broken Heart Again" and "Uptown"). "When You Were Mine" was later the B-side for Prince's "Controversy" single in 1981.
Prince has performed the song many times in concert, and a live version was included on his 2002 live album, One Nite Alone... Live!. The original studio version was also included on The Hits/The B-Sides in 1993. Prince said he was inspired to write the rock song while listening to John Lennon. The track is full of guitar licks, and includes a Farfisa-inspired organ sound played on an Oberheim OB-X.
Cyndi Lauper version
Cyndi Lauper's mid-tempo ballad cover version of "When You Were Mine" is also synthesizer-based for her debut album, She's So Unusual. Lauper did not change the pronoun gender in the song lyrics, which caused it to allude that the lost love to whom she is singing is another woman or a gay/bisexual man. Lauper performed the single at the 1985 American Music Awards. It was released exclusively as a promotional single in the United States and received a commercial release in Canada and Japan.
|Canadian Singles Chart||62|
Iain Matthews and David Surkamp's Seattle-based band Hi-Fi were the first to record a cover version of the song, for their 1981 album Moods for Mallards. The version features Matthews on lead vocals. It was released on cd in 2006 by Blue Rose Records on the compilation, Hi-Fi: Complete Works.
In 1983, Mitch Ryder released his cover of "When You Were Mine" as a single. It was also a track on his album Never Kick a Sleeping Dog. The single featured production work by John Mellencamp and was released on his record label, Riva Records. The track received some airplay in the United States and charted on the Billboard Hot 100. The video starred Kitten Natividad. Ryder's version also appeared in the 1984 film Hot Dog... The Movie.
Other cover versions
- Bette Bright and The Illuminations released a 7" single on the Korova label in 1981, and on the 1981 album Rhythm Breaks the Ice.
- New York No Wave singer Cristina for her 1984 album, Sleep It Off.
- The Blue Rubies (Susan Maunu and Mitzi Johnson) performed a version accompanied only by a lute. It can be heard on the 1989 compilation, Legacy: A Collection of New Folk Music.
- Swiss band Züri West released a Swiss German version, "I ha di gärn gha", on their 1994 album Züri West.
- Australian singer Penny Flanagan released an acoustic version on her 1996 album, Seven Flights Up.
- Japanese rock band The Pillows on the B-side of their 1996 single, "Swanky Street".
- Japanese rock band Coaltar of the Deepers on the White ep. & Sinking slowly.
- Ani DiFranco performed the song with Maceo Parker as an encore live performance in Minnesota in 1999. DiFranco and Parker often collaborate with Prince.
- Crooked Fingers on their 2002 EP, Reservoir Songs.
- Casiotone for the Painfully Alone on their 2005 single, "Young Shields".
- Boyracer on their 2007 release, Jukebox Volume One.
- Joshua James on his 2007 album, Joshua James and the Runaway Trains.
- Australian alternative rock band Grinspoon recorded a cover for radio station Triple J's popular Like a Version segment, and it appears on the 2010 album, Like a Version: Volume Six.
- Tegan and Sara
- Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele
- Heidi Mortenson from the free double album Run For Covers (2010)
- Mitch Ryder on his 1983 album "Never Kick A Sleeping Dog"