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What Time Is It?

Warner Bros. Records

Butt, my ass.

Under his deal with Warner Bros., Prince was permitted to form sign bands of his own to that label. Albeit credited to Morris Day and The Time, all the tracks on What Time Is It?, the second album by The Time, were in fact written, and the instruments performed, by Prince – credited as The Starr ★ Company, so named after his pseudonym Jamie Starr (except for Wild And Loose2 whose lyrics are co-credited to Dez Dickerson and Morris Day). The album was recorded throughout 1982 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail home studio, in Minnesota. Despite not wanting The Time to perform on the album itself the band was required for the live show and joined Prince as his support act in both the Controversy Tour and Triple Treat Tour.

The Time became Prince’s most successful side-project and would go on enjoying great success even long after their tenure with Prince. Released less than two months before Prince’s breakthrough album 1999, What Time Is It? was certified Gold by the RIAA on 3 November 1982, and hit number 26 on Billboard’s album charts.

The phone number 777-9311 actually belonged to Prince’s band-mate Dez Dickerson. To his chagrin at having received many calls in result, Dickerson had to change his phone number.

Key Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Vocals / Drums
Morris Day
Keyboards
Dr. Fink

The Time

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

Data

Production
Prince (as The Starr ★ Company) and Morris Day
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover/Design
Allen Beaulieu
Released
38 years, 8 months ago on 25 August 1982
Running Time
38:36
US Chart Peak
26
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Wild And Loose (7:32) 2
  2. 777-9311 (7:57) 1
  3. OnedayI'mgonnabesomebody (2:27)
  4. The Walk [feat. Vanity] (9:30) 1
  5. Gigolos Get Lonely Too (4:40) 1
  6. I Don't Wanna Leave You (6:30)

1 Released as singles.

Supporting tour

1999 Triple Threat Tour

1999 Triple Threat Tour

1982/3

  • 87 shows from 11 November 1982 to 10 April 1983

What Time Is It? – review

Whilst Ice Cream Castle may contain The Time’s most familiar work, What Time Is It? certainly houses their best. Prince, albeit hiding in plain sight as Jamie Starr, not only wrote most of it he also plays every instrument throughout. What Time Is It? delivers the stalwarts in The Time’s all-too brief catalogue, kicking off with Wild And Loose a fantastically indulgent seven minute electro funk opener, which then slides into 777-9311 another 7-minute jam which features arguably Prince’s best bass riff laid down on record. And full credit to Jellybean Johnson used to play its hella tricky drum track live in concert. OnedayI’mgonnabesomebody turns up the pace and drives us to the legendary The Walk. Here Morris’ gigolo steps to the fore, and speaks that the immortal line “but, my ass” double entendre – clocking nine minutes it’s pure bliss. His brilliant arrogant confidence stakes claim as the best character in music. His gigolo’s insecurities turn to more reflective tone with this album’s best track, the outstanding Gigolos Get Lonely Too which is certainly for me The Time’s all-time greatest song. The fun is returned again with I Don’t Wanna Leave You, the 4th song in this six-track album to run over six minutes. What Time Is It? is a confident and absolutely solid entry with Prince’s first side project – who had nothing to fear keeping his name from this project, this stuff of legend became music’s worst kept secret. Hail Prince and long live The Time.

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