Chocolate (The Time song)

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The Time Chocolate.jpg
Promo 12" single
Single by The Time
from the album Pandemonium
B-side "My Drawers"
Released August 7, 1990
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded April, 1983;
reworked Fall, 1989
Genre Pop, funk
Length 7" edit: 4:35
Album/12": 7:30
12" Remix: 7:59
Label Paisley Park
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
The Time singles chronology
"Jerk Out"

"Chocolate" is a song from The Time's 1990 album Pandemonium. The song was originally recorded in mid-April, 1983 by Prince at Sunset Sound studios during sessions for Ice Cream Castle. Prince originally performed all instruments and vocals (backing vocals by Wendy & Lisa) and this recording remains unreleased, but circulates among collectors. The song was reworked in late 1989 for inclusion on Pandemonium and contains input by the band. Part of Prince's original vocals were edited and included to be a humorous account between Morris Day and a feisty waiter.

"Chocolate" is a pop-funk offering driven by a drum machine pattern and infectious bassline. The drum pattern is very similar to Prince's "Lady Cab Driver" from 1999, and several lines from the Prince outtake "Cloreen Baconskin" (from Crystal Ball) were re-used throughout the song. Added to the mix are the familiar keyboard replacements for horns and funky rhythm guitar, with a bluesy solo toward the end of the song. The title refers to sex; "gimme some of your chocolate" is a euphemism for African-American vagina. The song is a humorous number, with Day recounting a woman allowing him to spend money on her without giving up the "chocolate".

The song was released as the second single from Pandemonium with "My Drawers" from Ice Cream Castle as a B-side. A maxi-single was also released with several remixes of the song. The song only achieved moderate success, reaching #44 on the R&B charts.

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "Chocolate" #2 (7" Remix / Edit) – 4:35
  2. "My Drawers" – (3:57)

Maxi single[edit]

  1. "Chocolate" (7" Remix / Edit) – 4:35
  2. "Chocolate" (12inch Remix) – (7:59)
  3. "Chocolate" (Tootsie Roll Club Mix) – (6:11)
  4. "Chocolate" (Instrumental) – (7:29)
  5. "Chocolate" (Percapella) – (7:23)
  6. "My Drawers" – (3:57)

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