Only the coolest band of the '80s could give us 'Ice Cream Castles'
On the last Stuck in the '80s podcast, a very giddy Steve Spears announced the 2017 band lineup for The '80s Cruise and declared his excitement for the inclusion of Morris Day and the Time. While you scream and Steve screams, can we all scream for The Time and Ice Cream Castles?
Purple Rain opened in theaters the last week of July 1984 and made stars out of The Time for the flamboyant and well-received performances of Morris Day and sidekick Jerome Benton. Both songs that were featured in Purple Rain - Jungle Love and The Bird - were on The Time's Ice Cream Castle album that was released the first week of July 1984. Before anyone saw Purple Rain, Ice Cream Castles was released as the first single and only made it to No. 106 on the singles chart. Even though the Purple Rain soundtrack was tearing up the charts it took until the fall of 1984 before The Time started charting with Jungle Love and The Bird.
Co-written by Prince and Day, the lyrics to Ice Cream Castles imply an interracial romance and other than Jesse Johnson playing on guitar, most of the instruments are played by Prince. The video is pure eye-candy as The Time get their groove on with nearly a hundred ladies at The Hollywood Castle.
The Time never got to enjoy their Purple Rain success as Day and Johnson left to pursue solo careers after Purple Rain exploded. Their exodus followed the departure of original Time members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who left before Ice Cream Castles was recorded. The duo became one of the top producing teams of the late '80s, most notably for their work with Janet Jackson. These days The Time often refer to themselves as The Original 7ven, getting out under the thumb of Prince.