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Madhouse 8

Warner Bros. Records

He just felt like doing something different.

During the recording sessions with his side project band The Family, Prince also wrote the eight tracks for Madhouse, his jazz influenced side-project whose first album in 1985 be known simply as 8. The ‘group’ at this juncture comprised only of Prince and Eric Leeds. Prince played the drums and keyboards, and Eric the melody parts on sax. The ensemble grew for the release of Madhouse’s second album.

All the tracks for Madhouse 8 was written by Prince and recorded at his Galpin Blvd. home studio, between 28 September and 1 October 1986. 8 and its follow up album 16, are named to correspond to the the number of tracks they accumulate; the name of each track is also so numbered. Madhouse 8 is Prince’s first instrumental album, and was followed by Madhouse 16 in 1987. Prince is credited but only under the name of Madhouse.

Cover story

The female on the album’s sleeve is Maneca Lightner, a model who first met Prince at a record signing when she was aged 16 and some years later they met again and was asked to model for the covers of 8, 16 and the band’s final and unreleased third album 24. In later life she founded a talent agency. The dog (a terrier) is neither hers nor Prince’s, it was hired from an agency for the photo shoot, which took place in Malibu.


Eric Leeds
All other instruments


Prince (as Madhouse)
Paisley Park Records
Warner Bros. Records
Richard Litt and Glenn Parsons
34 years, 3 months ago on 21 January 1987
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Orig. Formats


  1. One (7:16)
  2. Two (5:31)
  3. Three (3:16)
  4. Four (2:24)
  5. Five (1:15)
  6. Six (4:28) 1
  7. Seven (4:09)
  8. Eight (10:05)

1 Released as a single.

Singles from Madhouse 8

6 single from Madhouse 8, Paisley Park Records (1987)


Paisley Park Records

14 January 1987
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  1. 6 [End Of The World Mix] (5:45)
  2. Six [Edit] (3:37)
  3. Six And ½ (2:36)

Madhouse 8 – review

For years (thirty, being completely honest) I have been giving the Madhouse project a wide birth. Not liking that the tracks were just sequentially named, dispassionately numbered like convicts and bank notes – it felt like a product formed of cold, just simple, output. Another reason was, whilst I was prepared to follow Prince to every corner of his output, I never bought into the concept of Madhouse. Was I an uncultured heathen, I questioned. It was too great a departure for me from the Prince I heard in the charts. That said, in any partnership it should open to compromise, and on that basis that I should trust Prince. To hear him out and await the time when the Madhouse project would be listened to by receptive, if not completely unbiased ears. The tracks (tunes) rise (One) and fall (Three) with Eric Leeds’ masterful leading, but the real enjoyment is to hear Prince’s percussion and exposing his underrated greatness at the drums (Seven). Eight is not only the album’s best track but also totally enchanting. Whist this is clearly not your average lounge music, with the bias shed, the listening is unexpectedly pleasurable and will be more often than has been.

Madhouse 8

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Madhouse 16

Madhouse 16

Warner Bros. Records (1987)

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