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Pandemonium

Reprise Records

The best funk band of the 80s.

After separating in the wake of their previous album Ice Cream Castle, in 1985, some members of the band had splintered off to work on a new album named Corporate World which was again all written by Prince, and was due for release under Warner Bros. on 14 November 1989, but the label insisted The Time reunite as the original line-up for the movie Graffiti Bridge. They recorded a new album which was Pandemonium, their fourth and final project as the ‘original seven’.

Unlike their three previous albums, Pandemonium features performances by The Time, on which a total of five Prince songs and four co-written with The Time appear in this album. Four other songs also intended for Corporate World were transferred and form The Time’s contribution for the Graffiti Bridge album (the song Jerk Out which hit number 1 on the R&B charts, was written by Prince originally for Mazarati). All songs, however, are credited to The Time.

One interesting track is Donald Trump (Black Version), which Prince wrote and performed many of the instruments. It’s about an egotistical, rich black man who buys and objectifies women. As it turns out, Donald Trump is a Prince fan and attended a concert on the Welcome 2 America Tour performed at New York’s Maddison Square Gardens, 18 January 2011.

Pandemonium is certified Gold by the RIAA and climbed to 9 in Billboard’s R&B charts. The Time’s reunion was short-lived, and disbanded soon after the album’s release.

Cover story

For the cover photo, the band actually do stand in a gigantic frying pan, it was not superimposed in afterwards.

The Time

Vocals
Morris Day
Drums
Jellybean Johnson
Guitar
Jesse Johnson
Bass Guitar
Terry Lewis
Keyboards
Jimmy Jam
Keyboards
Monte Moir
Percussion
Jerome Benton

Data

Producer
The Time
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Reprise Records
Released
30 years, 1 months ago on 10 July 1990
Running Time
65:28
US Chart Peak
66
UK Chart Peak
18

Tracklist

  1. Dreamland (3:08)
  2. Pandemonium (4:11) 1 & 3
  3. Sexy Socialites (0:23)
  4. Jerk Out (6:49) 1 & 2
  5. Yount (0:22)
  6. Blondie (6:27)
  7. Donald Trump (Black Version) (4:33) 1 & 3
  8. Chocolate (7:31) 1 & 2
  9. Cooking Class (0:42)
  10. Skillet (6:11)
  11. It's Your World (5:25)
  12. Sometimes I Get Lonely (6:15)
  13. Data Bank (5:36) 1 & 3
  14. My Summertime Thang (6:52) 1 & 3
  15. Pretty Little Women (0:46)

1 Written, produced and performed by Prince.
2 Released as singles.
3 Originally intended for the aborted album Corporate World.

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