America (Prince song)
US 7" single
|Single by Prince and The Revolution|
|from the album Around the World in a Day|
|Released||October 2, 1985|
|Recorded||Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, July 23, 1984|
|Length||3:40 (7"/album Version|
21:46 (12" Version)
|Label||Paisley Park/Warner Bros.|
|Songwriter(s)||Prince and The Revolution|
|Producer(s)||Prince and The Revolution|
|Prince and The Revolution singles chronology|
|Prince (UK) singles chronology|
"America" is a sardonic attack on the mid-1980s United States, referencing Communism, and worrying about nuclear war, a common theme in Prince's lyrics in the 1980s. The song begins with the sound of a record starting and stopping, as if being cued by a DJ. This leads into a guitar solo and a rising synthesized flute line. The main tune is standard rock and roll and fades out at 3:40. The 12-inch single extended version is notable for being over 21 minutes long and including various instrumental solos. The song fades just before the audio tape ran out, as Prince and the Revolution had jammed the song out until there was no more room on the tape. The video for this song, a 10-minute live version, was shot on October 27, 1985 during a "One Off" performance in Nice, France at Théâtre de Verdure and shown on MTV during an entire segment dedicated to the single. This would be the first televised interview that Prince gave since 1980 on American Bandstand. The segment included a live rendition of "America" and a one-on-one interview with fans surrounding Prince.
The B-side of the track is "Girl", a light pop number that speaks of Prince's lust for a woman. Featuring a minimal drum loop and sparse synthesizer lines, Prince's lust is in such force that he declares, "All I have to do is think about you, and I can have an orgasm," as he invites her to both feel how sweaty his hands have gotten from their meeting, and let him be "the water in your bath". The full-length version from the 12-inch single features backmasking of Vanity reciting the lyrics with the word "boy" replacing the word "girl".
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||35|
|US Billboard Hot 100||46|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||35|
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince & the Revolution: Around the World in a Day > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- "Ultratop.be – Prince & The Revolution – America" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- "Prince Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 471.