Graffiti Bridge (album)

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Graffiti Bridge
Prince Graffiti.jpg
Soundtrack album / Studio album by Prince
Released August 21, 1990
Recorded 1983–1990 at multiple locations
Genre Funk, pop, rock
Length 68:32
Label Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Graffiti Bridge
Diamonds and Pearls
Singles from Graffiti Bridge
  1. "Thieves in the Temple"
    Released: July 17, 1990
  2. "Round and Round"
    Released: September 24, 1990
  3. "New Power Generation"
    Released: October 23, 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Entertainment Weekly A+[3]
Mojo (favorable)[4]
MusicHound 2/5[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[8]
Yahoo! Music (unfavorable)[9]

Graffiti Bridge is the twelfth studio album by American recording artist Prince and is the soundtrack album to the 1990 film of the same name. It was released on August 21, 1990 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records.

The album was much better received in sales than the film. It reached number 6 in the United States and was his third consecutive chart-topper (following Lovesexy and Batman) on the UK Albums Chart.[10] Nearly every song on the record was written by Prince despite the handful of artists performing, including Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples and The Time. The album produced the hit singles "Thieves in the Temple" and "New Power Generation", an anthem in two parts celebrating Prince's newly created backing band, The New Power Generation. The band would get its first official outing on Prince's next album, Diamonds and Pearls. Though its 17 tracks constituted a double album, the significance of this was obscured by the rising popularity of the CD format.

Evolution of the album[edit]

The concept for the album and film began as early as 1987, or possibly earlier, but experienced delays for various reasons. The title track was originally recorded during this period, hence the liner notes listing Sheila E. and Boni Boyer as performers on the track. In fact, nearly the entire album is composed of previously recorded tunes that were updated for this release.

"Tick, Tick, Bang" was originally from 1981 during the Controversy sessions, and considered for Vanity 6. Written by Prince under the pseudonym Joey Coco, it was originally a more punk rock number with a bass synthesizer; the update of the song includes an uncredited drum sample from Jimi Hendrix's "Little Miss Lover". "Can't Stop This Feeling I Got" was from 1982, but later updated in 1986 for his unreleased project Dream Factory, along with a 1983 track, "We Can Funk". A melody similar to that of "Purple Rain" can be heard during the bridge of "Can't Stop This Feeling I Got". The two tracks were drastically updated for Graffiti Bridge.

"The Question of U" was from 1985 during the Parade sessions, surviving with little updating to the original version. "Joy in Repetition" was a Crystal Ball outtake from 1986 that survived unchanged. Prince even kept the original segue of party noise at the beginning of the song, which is also found at the end of "Eye No", leading into "Alphabet St." from Lovesexy. As mentioned, the title track was updated from the 1987 recording, as well as "Elephants & Flowers" (from the then-unreleased Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic album) and "The Latest Fashion" (later given to The Time). "Melody Cool" and "Still Would Stand All Time" were considered for Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, later performed in some Lovesexy aftershows. "Still Would Stand All Time" was also considered for Batman, but was replaced by "Scandalous". The four tracks featuring The Time were originally going to be on their unreleased Corporate World album, recorded in 1989, though "The Latest Fashion" shares elements with "My Summertime Thang" from their album Pandemonium.

The only truly "new" material recorded for the album was "Round and Round", "New Power Generation", and "Thieves in the Temple", recorded in January and February 1990, and included at the last minute. Many outtakes for the album are also in circulation, several of which exist as samples in "New Power Generation (Pt. II)".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Prince, except track 3, co-written with Levi Seacer, Jr., track 9, co-written with Levi Seacer, Jr. and Morris Day, and track 11, co-written by Morris Day.[11]

No. Title Length
1. "Can't Stop This Feeling I Got"   4:24
2. "New Power Generation"   3:39
3. "Release It" (performed by The Time) 3:54
4. "The Question of U"   3:59
5. "Elephants & Flowers"   3:54
6. "Round and Round" (performed by Tevin Campbell) 3:55
7. "We Can Funk" (featuring George Clinton) 5:28
8. "Joy in Repetition"   4:53
9. "Love Machine" (performed by The Time with Elisa) 3:34
10. "Tick, Tick, Bang"   3:31
11. "Shake!" (performed by The Time) 4:01
12. "Thieves in the Temple"   3:19
13. "The Latest Fashion" (featuring The Time) 4:02
14. "Melody Cool" (performed by Mavis Staples) 3:39
15. "Still Would Stand All Time"   5:23
16. "Graffiti Bridge" (featuring Mavis Staples and Tevin Campbell) 3:51
17. "New Power Generation (Pt. II)"   2:57



Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]

  1. "Thieves in the Temple" (extended)
  2. "Thieves in the House"
  3. "Temple House dub"
  1. "New Power Generation" (funky weapon remix)
  2. "T.C.'s Rap"
  3. "Brother with a Purpose"
  4. "Get Off"
  5. "The Lubricated Lady"
  6. "Loveleft/Loveright"
  1. "Round and Round" (Solu Mix Edit)
  2. "Round and Round" (The House Mix)
  3. "Goodbye" (Tevin's Dub - Part 1 & 2)
  4. "Goodbye" (Soiddub & Listen)
  • "Melody Cool" maxi-single (#36 US R&B)
  1. "Melody Cool" (Extended LP Mix)
  2. "Melody Cool" (Extended Remix)
  3. "Melody Cool" (Deep House Vocal)
  4. "Melody Cool" (Mellow Dub Mix)
  5. "Time Waits for No-one" (Edit)
  • "Shake!" maxi-single
  1. "Shake!" (Extended Mix) – 5:03
  2. "Shake!" (Battle Mix) – 4:06
  3. "Shake!" (Funky House Mix) – 8:20
  4. "The Latest Fashion" (Remix) – 6:20
  5. "Shake!" (Boom Mix) – 5:01
  6. "Shake!" – 4:00


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[12] 10
Austrian Albums Chart[13] 8
Canadian Albums Chart[14] 22
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 4
German Albums Chart[15] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 3
Norwegian Albums Chart[17] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 2
UK Albums Chart[20] 1
US Billboard 200[21] 6
US Billboard R&B Albums[21] 6


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  4. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (1996). "Prince: The Best of the Patchy Years" (free registration required). Mojo. Bauer Media Group. ISSN 1351-0193. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 897. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
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  10. ^ *Roberts, David (editor). The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, p444. Guinness Publishing Ltd. 7th edition (1996). ISBN 0-85112-619-7
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  13. ^ "Prince - Graffiti Bridge". Austrian Album Charts (in German). Hung Medien. 
  14. ^ "RPM Top Albums/CDs - Volume 52, No. 24, October 27 1990". 
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  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Prince – Graffiti Bridge". Music Canada. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Prince – Graffiti Bridge". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Graffiti Bridge in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Prince – Graffiti Bridge". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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Preceded by
Sleeping with the Past by Elton John
UK number one album
September 1, 1990 – September 7, 1990
Succeeded by
In Concert by The Three Tenors