I mentioned Martika's collaboration with Prince in a post this week and received some unexpected feedback. I shouldn't need to tell you - u - that Prince was responsible for some of the finest music of the 80's and early 90's. But there were many songs he wrote for other artists that did not become hits, often done under pseudonyms like Joey Coco, Jamie Starr and Alexander Nevermind. Here are the best according to me, XO. Note that most of this post was drafted in October of 2006. Now it's ready...
The Family The Screams Of Passion:
The Family, featuring Wendy Melvoin's twin sister Susannah on vocals. This was their debut single, six minutes with Claire Fischer strings. Fantastic 1985 album, not on CD. Trivia: this is the group that first sang Nothing Compares 2 U. What I Like has a post with an extended Mp3.
Martika Love Thy Will Be Done:
One of Prince's finest songs, period. As I hinted earlier this week, I've always thought Martika should sue Texas for ripping this off on Say What You Want. Whatever, the song is like smooth electro gospel, beautiful. Get it and alternate Prince mix via this post at Music Source.
Sheila E. The Glamorous Life:
I always have time for The Incomparable Sheila E. This tune never wears out. I always loved the lyrics, such as "They made haste in the brown Sedan" and "If-u-have2-ask-u-can't-afford-it-lingerie...". Here also is Sheila's best video, the very 90's Sex Cymbal - watch the end to see that she is a major dancer too. You can get this MP3 anywhere.
Sheen Easton 101
Watch video here. No, I have not lost my mind, this Prince song is OTT madness in a manic way. My favorite part is the wailing bridge: "Nothing on TV / My girlfriends bore me / They try to please me / But I need you babyyy / You and me need to be / Together together / Physically!" to It surprises me that no one has covered this song because it's very electro. Burning The Ground has a post with remix MP3's (get password to unzip).
Jill Jones Mia Bocca:
For years JJ hung around in the background of Prince projects with her platinum Marilyn hair. She has some funny moments in Purple Rain, but nobody knew how well she could sing until she recorded a phenomenal album with Prince in 1987 (another sadly not on CD). JJ recently weighed in on Prince's misguided fight against youtube with this wise comment: "Being in the world, and not of it, is difficult." Trivia: Jill married the male model Cameron, who starred in Madonna's Express Yourself video.
Ingird Chavez Elephant Box
Video must be watched here. An acquired taste? One hit wonder Ingrid's solo CD was not so good. Double Trivia: Ingrid, who became Mrs. David Sylvian, wrote Madonna's Justify My Love with Lenny Kravitz, who she (Ingrid) was fucking while he was still married to Lisa Bonet. That relationship lead to Neneh Cherry writing the song Buddy X about Lenny.