The Time was a Minneapolis funk group that Prince formed by combining lead singer Morris Day with the group Flyte Time, whose members included Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jellybean Johnson and Monte Moir. Their 1984 album Ice Cream Castle
contained the hits "Jungle Love
" and "The Bird," which both appeared in the Prince movie Purple Rain
. "Jerk Out" was written during the sessions for that album, but left off. The group then broke up, and when they re-formed in 1990, they revived the song with the idea of making it sound like they never left.