Prince is truly the greatest artist of our time. His life is music and music is his life. All his work (and that’ a lot!) can be seen as the story of his life. There’s love, struggle, fun, insecurity, relationships, sex, fantasies, day to day life, politics and last but not least… religion or spirituality. Prince is a true artist who’s only aim is to create.
He also created music and lyrics for lots of other talented musicians. He simply had to much material for his own. 'Through' other artists Prince searched the limits of his possibilities. He could widen his range of musical styles, like more traditional 'black funk' for The Time, more 'avant-garde pop' for The Family or 'latin' for Sheila E and 'jazzfunk' for Madhouse. Also he could broaden his perspective as a songwriter, because he was writing songs from other people's perspective. Everything you hear is Prince, but with the help of some very talented musicians like Eric Leeds (sax), Wendy & Lisa (guitar & piano), Dr. Fink (keys), Sheila E. (drums) to name just a few.
These are the words to the mix of Prince related artists on Mixcloud, to be found here.
After his worldwide stardom thanks to the Purple Rain album and movie in 1984, Prince was like a Berry Gordy/Motown on his own. Paisley Park was born, a studio complex and record label. A musical place of funk, pop, dance, jazz and rock all in “PRINCE STYLE”.. You can always tell it’s him, there’s only one Prince. The songs are credited to other artists but the production, lyrics, and also all the instruments…. It’s all Prince and sometimes you’ll hear him in his own or ‘twisted’ voice.
Prince’s grasp of musical styles is quite staggering in its breadth. What makes him so unique is his ability to absorb many different influences and fuse them with his own sound to create an original style. Prince is rarely seen as an innovator such as James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Miles Davis are. However, borrowing ideas is not in itself a weakness, the question is whether anything new is created from the influences and if the whole becomes more than the sum of it parts. Prince’s records have defied established musical formats and genres, inspiring critics to come up with labels as ‘dance rock’, ‘new wave funk’, ‘funk rock’ and the “Minneapolis sound”. Often labelled a workaholic, Prince does not consider creating music to be work, instead to him it is simply “a fact of life, just like breathing”. He worked round the clock, where studio technicians had to be replaced. “I felt like I was sitting in the studio with a modern-day Mozart”, says a recording engineer who worked with Prince. “He came in and played the drums and you wouldn’t be hearing anything but the drums. The tape would be virgin! Then he’d put everything to the drums: bass, keyboards, guitar and background vocals. Then he did a serious lead vocal. If we started a song in the morning, it was rare that we didn’t finish it that night, that’s why it sounds so fresh. You were exhausted because this was a guy who’d work for 24 hours straight, then sleep for four hours, then work for another 24 hours. We worked so many Christmas Eves and New Year’s days. I’v put 15 years of work in 5 years.” (Per Nilsen, Prince: the first decade, Fire Fly Publishing 1998).
This is a mix of Prince tracks for others, acts like Vanity 6, The Time, Sheila E., The Family or a ‘protegee’ like Sheena Easton. But what to think of his track for and with Madonna? It’s all in here, there are some hits, some rarities and some essentials. I’ve put this mix together with great pleasure with the greatest respect for the creator. Thanks for bringing the fun and love! Hopefully you’ll find love for the material. Check Prince’s world!!
Track 1: Onedayi’mgonnabesomebody – The Time (What Time Is It, 1982)
Let there be no mistake about it… Prince knew he was something else and he wanted to rise! Started out in ’78 with a more Stevie Wonder “disco/funk” feel, Prince seemed to be a very talented funk/r&b kid.. But serious “star quality”…? He needed some time to find his own voice. With the sound of 1980’s Dirty Mind, Prince changed gear. With a more electronic and raw sound, also inspired by pop & new wave, Prince made a new sound, his own. Critics and people in the business already knew.. this was going to be something else. On this in 1982 recorded track Prince forsees one day “he’s gonna be somebody”. Also to ridicule the “being somebody”, it’s Morris Day’s The Time (a Prince “invented” fun “gangster” band) under whose name this song is released. Prince did the The Time recordings (under the alias Jamie Starr) and later on, Morris was brought in and his vocals were put over Prince’s. This track reminds of Prince’s “own” “Delirious” on the “1999” album and has a sort of a Jerry Lee Lewis feel, rock ’n roll!
Track 2: Drive Me Wild (Extended version) – Vanity 6 (Vanity 6, 1982)
From the “Dirty Mind” album on Prince indeed had a ‘dirty’ mindset. He used specific sexual lyrics to get attention and truly “set himself free”. From “Sexuality” (“Controversy” album): “Sexuality is all I ever need, Sexuality I’m gonna let my body be free.” He also wrote songs from the woman’s perspective, because of his vivid imigination and his androgyn personality. Also he wanted a blast women act. When he met Denise Matthews, Vanity 6 was born. Three hot ladies in smoking, sexy outfits and ‘dirty’ lyrics. The music is also “electronic” and “wave” inspired. This extended version of Drive Me Wild is something of a Giorgio Moroder inspired electro track. Note the funky guitar please, this is one of Prince’s great trademarks…. Later on the song there’s a Prince guitar solo. “Drive Me Wild” was a single after Nasty Girl, but didn’t really have chart impact.
Track 3: A Love Bizarre - Sheila E. (Romance 1600, 1985)
Off course there were hits for Prince’s artists… What to think of this dancefloor killer “A Love Bizarre” by Sheila E.? Being a very talented artist/percussionist it was Prince who put Sheila to the forefront. He recorded three albums for and with her and they we’re lovers for a while. When Sheila joined Prince’s band in 1987 as a drummer, her solo carreer became a little quiet. This track is recorded during the Purple Rain tour, with all instruments by Prince except for Eddie M. on saxophone. Prince himself has performed this song many times. Prince is clearly heard as co lead vocalist.
Track 4: Too Sexy (Instrumental) - Sheila E. (B-side Belle Of St. Mark single)
With all the music that’s released, still there’s more. In the vault there are still hundreds of unreleased Prince songs. Some of the sessions or rehearsels became b-sides. “Too Sexy” shows Prince and Sheila jamming on a funky beat. A nice groove, funky keys, latin percussion and sexy sounds with Prince chilling and soloing on guitar. It’s a real funky track and typical for the famous Prince ‘invention’ named “Minneapolis Sound” with keys taking the place of real horns.
Track 5: Tricky - The Time (B-side Ice Cream Castles single)
Working days of sometimes 20 hours in the studio, off course there was fun. On this track Prince is jamming with Morris Day (lead singer of The Time). Morris is on drums, Prince plays all the instruments and uses his “Morris” voice. Most The Time recordings he did, he was using this voice. Later on, this voice was replaced by Morris vocals. Morris and Prince were always in a sort of a “boy fight” whereby Prince called Morris “old” and “fat” and Morris stated Prince as “ugly”.. Just a funny, funky track and a sort of a rarity.
Track 6: Jungle Love - The Time (Ice Cream Castles, 1985)
Another “Prince hit” for someone else, The Time. Being his rival band in the movie “Purple Rain” this track was a hit for The Time. It features Jesse Johnson on guitar. Around 1984 (after two Prince/The Time albums), most of The Time members were somewhat frustrated by their very limited input (except for the live performances). What to think of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (later on to become hit producer duo Jam & Lewis) as band members? Live The Time was a tight drilled band. Prince also took part in rehearsals and instructed the band as if they were James Brown’s band. Jam & Lewis were fired by Prince when they couldn’t perform a concert because they had missed their flight (because of a producers job for The SOS Band). The Time opened for Prince that evening (as did Vanity 6) and Prince played bass aside of the stage. “Jungle Love” has a good groove and an ‘easy’ chant. It’s also a blend of funk and rock.
Track 7: Sugar Walls (Dance Mix) - Sheena Easton (A Private Heaven, 1984)
Attracted to Sheena Easton he wrote her this song “Sugar Walls”. Also a bit of a dirty minded song, it isn’t hard to think what Sheila means when she invites you inside her sugar walls.. Proving Prince also to master the “pop genre” this is a poppy/funky track with a real ’80-ies feel’. Prince used the alias Alexander Nevermind for the credits. The guitar playing is Prince all the way. Notice also the use of drum machines. Prince as a “beat maker” (with great influence on hiphop) isn’t always taken notice of.
Track 8: Desire - The Family (The Family, 1985)
In more of a “poppy” mindsetting after the huge succes of Purple Rain, Prince formed the band The Family. Susanna Melvoin, sister of Prince’s guitarist of The Revolution Wendy, and with whom Prince had a serious relationship and “St. Paul” Peterson were accompanied by Eric Leeds on saxophone and former members of The Time. The Family was about a ‘cool’ funky/jazzy/poppy/orchestrated sound. There are some beautiful orchestrations by the late Clare Fisher which gave a new perspective to Prince’s songwriting. The lyrics also became less direct and more ‘mature’:
“A ghost from your past prevents us from knowing the pleasures of love, what must I do 2 convince U, isn't the expression on my complexion enough? (Ecstasy) Don't tell me we have conflicting emotions, it's written all over your face, come my love, cover my tower, ecstasy is ours”
Track 9: Sex Shooter - Apollonia 6 (Apollonia 6, 1984)
A typical “Minneapolis sound” hit of the Purple Rain movie. After the leaving of Denise Matthews (Vanity), Prince ran into Patricia Kotero, renamed her Apollonia and made her new lead singer of the now called Apollonia 6. In the Purple Rain movie Prince and Morris “fight” over Apollonia’s love. Good 80-ies dancefloor stuff. Catchy, poppy and a bit daring.. “I’m a sex shooter, shooting love in your direction, I’m a sex shooter, come and play with my affection.” There already was a take by Vanity and the 12” of her version is really terrific but very hard to get your hands on.
Track 10: For Love - Jill Jones (Jill Jones, 1987)
Again to show some of Prince’s capabilities as a great “pop producer” here’s a track by Jill Jones. Being a former back ground singer in Prince’s band Jill Jones always “was around”. She’s got a great voice and may have had “star quality”. The album was poorly promoted however and probably only Prince lovers know about these songs. “For Love” is a duet between Prince and Jill and the music is just great. A slow pop/funk jam with some great saxophone playing by Eric Leeds. Prince was growing to his “Sign Of The Times era”, maybe his most prolific years.
Track 11: 13 (The Paisley Park Mix) – Madhouse (16, 1987)
After his band The Revolution was disbanded in 1986 (albums Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Parade), Prince found himself new artistic freedom. With Eric Leeds on saxophone, he recorded some really funky and jazzy tracks. “Madhouse” the project was called and both albums “8” and “16” are topnotch ‘clean’ jazz-funk. Madhouse became the band of Sheila E. (drums), Levi Seacer jr. (bass), Dr. Fink (keys) and Eric Leeds (sax), all Prince band members in the years ’87-’89. Madhouse opened for some of the Sign Of The Time concerts.
Track 12: River Run Dry - The Family (The Family, 1985)
A really sparse orchestrated tune, without bass. Prince plays all instruments except for the strings. This song was the first Prince sent to Clare Fisher for orchestral overdubs. He very much liked the result. The song is another love song, this time about a love that wouldn’t last.
Track 13: 101 - Sheena Easton (The Lover In Me, 1988)
An electronic “end 80’ies” pop/dance track. Written, played and produced by Prince as Joey Coco. Sheena Easton on the recording of the song:
"When you work with Prince, he's one of those kind of guys that likes to keep you off guard. You'd get the phone call saying 'Hey, come down to the studio. There's something I'd want you to hear.' Then you'd get down there, like with 101 and he'd play it and I'd be like, 'I don't know' and he'd say, 'Well, just go and sit and listen to it a little bit.' I'd go and he'd come right in and say, 'Let's go.' 'But I don't know it completely,' [I'd say]. 'Well just sing what you know, then,' [he'd say]. There's this part in there where I kinda go off-melody and I just start taking higher and higher and he says, 'Well, that's not the right melody but we're keeping that and we're gonna work with that.' And so it's one of those things that's really organic - just a great moment in the studio. Plus I like the production. I love the subway doors opening and closing. He wanted it to be very haunting, and to just be about the desperation in the voice - [and] about the concept of you being away from this person for forever, it seems, and you just can't bear it for one more night." In the same interview, she declared that: "of all my songs I've ever done, that's my favorite."
Track 14: Jaguar - Mavis Staples (Time Waits For No One, 1989)
Prince was at his absolute top from 1980-1988. He was highly original, made name as a truly remarkable live performer and scored hits with records nobody was able or would dare to produce. What to think of “1999”, “When Doves Cry”, “Purple Rain”, “Kiss” or “Sign Of The Times”? In 1988 -at the height of his creative being- he began overseeing the past and also hooked up with “legends” George Clinton and Mavis Staples. P-funk original George and gospel hero Mavis found a home at Paisley Park for a while. Off course Prince recorded with them and with Mavis this resulted in the well received album “Time Waits For No One”. One of the tracks is “Jaguar”, a funky tune from 1987 (check the guitar!!) with “real” Prince like lyrics as to conquer a woman:
“Like a hunter in the wilderness,
I'm gonna try and do my best, I'm gonna use speed and finesse
I'm gonna getcha, getcha, Like a jaguar runnin' through the night
I'm gonna hunt U down, I'm gonna strike, If I have 2 chase U 4 the rest of my life
I'm gonna getcha, getcha, Jaguar I am and U are mine
Jaguar – she loves a body fine, In heat, in love, in out, in time
Jaguar I am and U are mine, Like a burnin' sun in the noon sky
This kitty wants your body fine, Sure as 3 x 3 is 9
I'm gonna make that body mine”
Track 15: Nasty Girl (Hot Tracks Remix) - Vanity 6 (original on Vanity 6, 1982)
The moment a lot of boys realised what sexuality can stand for, was the moment Vanity 6 performed their “Nasty Girl” on the pop shows. Vanity’s mind’s on this one thing only: “tonight I want a man who does it real good, get it up, I can’t wait anymore..” The beat is addictive and original. Notice the bass playing, a true Prince funk track.
Track 16: Manic Monday - The Bangles (Different Light, 1986)
Prince as a pop producer? Manic Monday… His take on The Beatles, written for Apollonia 6, but offered to the Bangles after meeting Susannah Hoffs in a plain to the UK in 1985. Prince went to the UK to be present at the BPI Awards. It became a big hit for The Bangles.
Track 17: Koo Koo - Sheila E. (Sheila E., 1987)
A cool track for Sheila E. Noteworthy, this track isn’t about a love or sex affair! As said, Prince’s life can be found in his lyrics, but it’s more on his own albums you’ll find the more personal or ‘political’ stuff, and then.. is mostly about love and sex again! Here the theme is about striving for a better world, an always re-occuring Prince theme, especially on Sign Of The Times (1987) and Lovesexy (1988) albums.
“Come and dig the Koo Koo war, Rumour has, it got started cuz our leaders got bored, New toys with a laser teach children 2 kill, Who knows when they're older, maybe they will, Nothing gained, paradise lost, Koo Koo's the trip and death is the cost, It's your world... 4 a little while, Peace, mother, brother, peace of mind, We got 2 love one another all the time, Cuz a kiss on the lips is better than a knife in the back, Can U get 2 that or is your blue train runnin' on a Koo Koo track U're 2 laxed, 2 lazy 2 dig all the facts, What it is y'all? We need a new plan, new plan of attack, Everybody jam, we've got the knack, Let's party y'all, let's party y'all, Cuz a kiss on the lips is better than a knife in the back “
Track 18: 7 - Madhouse (8, 1987)
To show Prince’s huge musical possibilities here’s another Madhouse track. Check out the musicianship. It’s Prince who wrote the song, played all the instruments and put the mix together. Eric Leeds is on saxophone. The drumming at the end recalls Prince’s drumming during the concerts of the Sign Of The Times tour when Sheila E. left her drumkit to rap to “It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night” and Prince took over. If ever possible please check out the concert movie “Sign Of The Times Live” (1987) on dvd. You’ll find Prince probably on his best ever as a live performer.
Track 19: Yellow - Sheila E. (Romance 1600, 1984)
Prince’s take on big band music?! Could be a musical track, with Sheila E. and Prince in a vocal duet about a girl who “got blue”. Surprising track and one to pinpoint Prince’s willingness to experiment with different genres. However, it’s “Prince” all the way.
Track 20: Chocolate - The Time (Pandemonium, 1990)
This track was already recorded in 1983, but was used later on when The Time reunited at the end of the 80-ies. Check the bassline and the funky keys. Prince also makes a vocal appearance in the song as the waiter who’s serving Morris. Again, it’s “too old” versus “ugly”.. Prince himself played this song only once live. This was during one of the two Melkweg concerts in Amsterdam (2011).
Track 21: If A Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up) - Vanity 6 (Vanity 6, 1982)
Again, check the bassline please… And then, the hilarious phone call between Vanity and Prince, acting as the new (girl?) lover of Vanity’s (former) lover Jimmy. Intimate people around Prince give him credit for his humour, this little rap is really funny!
V: Hello, this is Vanity. Is Jimmy home? P: Yes, but he's taking a shower V: Oh, I see. Did he just take out the trash? P: No, that's somethin' he use 2 do, now he's taking out me V: Oh, I see. Well, tell 'em he left his pants over here last night P: That's OK, U keep 'em. He won't be needin' 'em 2 night V: Oh, what's the matter, is he going swimming? P: Why no, we was gonna go, but he said he did that last night V: Well sugar, I know about a great party, why don't U bring us your car? P: So sorry baby, but I never go 2 singles' bars V: Singles? Is that what U think? Tramp, I'm datin' your dad P: Oh, he died about 7 years back. Now ain't that just 2 bad? V: Well, that's how we like 'em - tall, stiff and ready. That's positively more than I can say 4 dead Jimmy P: That's because he was swallowin' vitamin E. Now he's swallowin' me V: Oh, U mean U were swallowin' him. Why don't U just tie a mattress 2 your back?P: I'm gonna need it cuz if I ever see your face, I'm gonna fall and have a heart attack V: All that's gonna fall is the wig off your head. Now what U think about that? P: I think I'd rather wear a wig than run a motel 4 roaches, ants and lice, dogs and cats in my hat
Brenda steps in to help Vanity: Hey, that's goin' 2 far, Here, give me the phone, Hey tramp, take a bath in puke, What's more, U can kiss where the sun don't shine, If that don't work, we can duke, U see, the only kinda man that would play with U, Is one that plays with himself, None of my friends could stand the sight of U, Much less the smell, And if I weren't a lady, I'd take my money, And buy U a brand new face, Then I'd take my underwear and stick it in your mouth, And U'd love it cuz U got no taste, And if that don't work, call back your dead daddy, And show him what U look like now, Honey, I'd bet he never come back, Cuz U one ugly cow (Ooh-wee), Girl, U tell your boyfriend Jimmy he can go and get hit by a car, Cuz as far as I see it, he can't afford 2 bite the beat of this star, There's 2 things we can't stand, One's a jive talk man, The other's a jive talk man with no money, Can U dig it?
Track 22: Love Song - Madonna (Like a Prayer, 1989)
Prince and Madonna? Yes, these two icons of the 80-ies had an musical encounter: Love Song. Some say there’s also been a romance, they’ve had a date that’s for sure. However, the two superstars were bound to have some sort of collaboration and it became Love Song: “am I wasting my time, are you just being kind?” It’s a clean pop production with a distinctive Prince “end 80-ies” sound. A drum machine, many layers of Prince’s voice and his guitar standing out. There’s keyboard, but no bass. On the “Like A Prayer” album there’s also the song “Act of Contrition” with Prince’s guitar. A bizarre track with a backward played sample. The relationship between Madonna and Prince became a troubled one, but they are okay now. Prince’s relationship with the other icon of the 80-ies: Michael Jackson, also was kind of a troubled one, for more on this subject check out the documentary Dr. Prince & Mr. Jackson to be found on YouTube. Prince and Michael Jackson shared a stage at least one time, together with the great James Brown in 1983. Check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHaFj7gOWh4
Track 23: Cool- The Time (The Time, 1981)
Outstanding party/funk track….!! Band? Yeah! Anybody hot? No! You know why? Why? Cuz’ we’re COOL! COOL! All instruments by Prince and he’s also to be “found” in the backing vocals. Again it’s a “Minneapolis Sound” track. Prince took his time on this one, there’s room for a key solo and some nice guitar work (it’s definitely Prince). Get on the dancefloor! Prince played this song live in 2002 and in the performances of 2010 and onwards. Ain’t nobody bad like him.. This song makes one understand why it is said the first two The Time albums helped shape R&B music in the early 80-ies.
Track 24: Make-Up - Vanity 6 (Vanity 6, 1982)
In general, the music made by Prince, The Time and Vanity 6 is a new sort of funk music - expansive, open to new rhythms and off-beat ideas. Best of all, it's a radical sound that's commercially successful, something adventurous music rarely achieves these days (Ken Tucker Sunday, November 21, 1982).
Track 25: G-Spot (Remix) - Jill Jones (original on Jill Jones, 1987)
The 80-ies… decade of big changes in music. From disco it became ‘dance’ and there was a cross over between black and white music. Prince was (with Michael Jackson) one of the first major black artists to get across the white audience. From the hit of “1999” on, Prince became more and more popular with white people. In the times before housemusic the dancefloors were dominated by ‘dance made’ 12”s, also of more “pop sounding music”. Remixers and dj’s became more important and brought new flavors. Someone like Larry Levan played “When Doves Cry” at Paradise Garage. Prince also started experimenting with 12”s and extended versions. My next ‘special’ will be on Prince’s flirt with some of the remixers of the first hour and his takes on ‘real house/dance music’ for now we’ll settle with this poppy dance tune, made for the clubs. It’s kinda cool!
Track 26: Nothing Compares 2 U - The Family (The Family, 1985)
We all know this song because of the world wide smash hit for Sinead O’ Connor. However, it’s a Prince song and this is his original version (without his vocals). Not really a pop song, but more of an orchestration “Nothing Compares 2 U” is a haunting ballad with a great sax solo by Eric Leeds. After the world wide succes of Sinead O’ Connor, Prince started playing the song live and there’s an official live recording to be found on the “The Hits/The B-sides collection“ (1993).
Track 27: Mutiny - The Family (The Family, 1985)
How funky do you want it to be? Mutiny is probably one of Prince’s most “direct” funk tracks. A stomping beat, “chicken grease” on the guitar (his guitarist at the time Miko Weaver did a great job on this live), a funky key that just won’t stop and Eric Leeds’ “mad” saxophone… It’s simply irrisistable and live not to be missed. The song is about Morris Day, who quit The Time, which for Prince felt as mutiny. In the end of the song you can hear Prince saying: “come on Morris, can you hear?”..
Track 28: Sister Fate - Sheila E. (Romance 1600, 1984)
Another track with Sheila E. Recorded during the “A Love Bizarre” sessions in 1985. A very funky/jazzy opening and then the typical Sheila “latin vibe” on a poppy track about a possible love affair. “Rumour is going round”, could this track be about the relationship between Prince and Sheila?
Track 29: Stand Back - Stevie Nicks (The Wild Heart, 1982)
Stevie Nicks (lead singer of Fleetwood Mac) listened to “Little Red Corvette” by Prince on the radio in 1982 and got inspired for this song. She called Prince who was working in a studio not to far away and he came in. They worked on the song together, Prince taking the synthesizer. The same night the track was done and Prince got up and left as if the whole thing had happened in a dream, Stevie recalls. It became a hit for her in 1983, Prince isn’t credited for the song.
Track 30: 777-9311 - The Time (What Time Is It?, 1982)
Just listen to the drum programming on this track.. This is the “Dr. Dre” or “Timbaland” of the 80-ies at work. This song is in fact sampled by the late 2 Pac (“Whatz Ya Phone”) and other rappers and is a great funk/pop track. The bassline Prince has stated is “one of his signature basslines”. The keys are funky and then this drum sound. Mixing funk and rock, the song ends with a rocking guitar solo. It’s all Prince in his home studio back in 1982. “777-9311” was the number of his then guitarist of his band Dez Dickerson, the poor guy had to change number when the song hit the nr. 2 spot on the R&B chart.
Track 31: Sticky Wicked - Chaka Khan (C.K., 1988)
Prince met Chaka Kahn early on in his career and was very much impressed by her. In 1984 Chaka scored a huge hit with the Prince cover “I Feel For You” and they kept in contact ever since. In 1988 Chaka recorded her 7th studio album and Prince made a contribution with the track “Sticky Wicked”. It’s an improvisational, funky track with trumpet by no one less than Miles Davis. Prince had some collaborations with Miles and he joined Prince and his band at their New Years concert in the Paisley Park studios in 1988. It’s a “Lovesexy” sounding song, with drummachines and an electronic feel. The horn arrangements (by Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss) are funky as are the guitars. This song shows the growing complexity of Prince’s work up to the point that critics started to call it “over produced” and “less edgy”. The lyrics are a bit strange, they could be about drugs? In 1987 Prince had a bad xtc experience, also causing him to withdrawl the 1987 funk/hiphop album “The Black Album”. Then came the spiritual “Lovesexy” album. The theme of this song: “There’s a better God, don’t you wanna play?”, is also a theme on the 1988 Lovesexy album.
REMARK: These songs were all written, played, recorded, mastered and remixed during the 80-ies. The same decade Prince himself recorded ten albums: Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), the double album 1999 (1982), Purple Rain (1984), Around The World In A Day (1985), Parade (1986), another double album Sign Of The Times (1987), (the withdrawn) Black Album (1987), Lovesexy (1988) and Batman soundtrack (1989).
Not to forget to mention the never ending (world) touring for these albums, performances and the making of the feature movies Purple Rain and Parade plus the concert movie Sign Of The Times. For his related artists in the 80-ies there were albums for Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, The Family, Mavis Staples, two for Madhouse, three for The Time and three for Sheila E., plus numerous songs for other artists.