and Lisa Coleman
may best be remembered as members of Prince's Revolution.
While still recording new music together
, they have also been composing for film and television,
Come for the funk, stay for the Aerosmith easter egg inserted into one of their songs, but put on some sort of pads or protective gear, as these women
are about to kick your ass
are best known for their hazy, shoegazer album So Tonight I Might See
(Grooveshark stream), which contained the single Fade Into You
(YouTube). That album was released in 1993
, and went platinum
, providing an odd counter-point to the popular grunge sounds of the day
. As a band, they made three albums in the 1990s, though neither hit the peak of their sophomore album. They disbanded (as far as the public was concerned*) in 1997, though there were a series of reunion tours in 2000. Eleven years later, they released a new single
, Common Burn b/w Lay Myself Down
, and the group toured in 2012
. This week, they release their fourth album, Seasons of Your Day, and they aren't any cheerier (in responding to interview questions). [more inside]
Wendy Melvoin is fresh from high school. She is a wearing a V-necked sleeveless top, and patterned shorts. She is playing the first chords of a new song on her purple guitar, opening chords that she wrote, a circular motif with a chorus effect. Wendy is nineteen and she has the high cheekbones and diffident confidence of a Hollywood upbringing. She half-smiles at the faces that crowd close to the low club stage. This is Wendy’s first gig with the new band, and the song she is playing is “Purple Rain,” and nobody in the audience has ever heard “Purple Rain” before because this is the night that Prince and the Revolution record the song.
We shrugged when friends told us Prince's Sign "O" the Times was the greatest rock concert movie ever. There are limits to how great a rock concert movie can be, and we figured Jonathan Demme's--and Talking Heads'--Stop Making Sense had stretched them as far as they were liable to go. But even though Sign "O" the Times was directed by the artiste, whose previous cinematic exploits haven't exactly put him in Demme's class, Prince has come up with a contender. Where Demme goes for a sinuous, almost elegant clarity, Prince's movie is all murk, scuzz, steam, and, oh yeah, sex. With all due respect, which one sounds more like a real rock concert to you?
- Robert Christgau [more inside]
When artist Troy Gua wanted a new project to cheer himself up with, he hit on the idea of making a tribute to his favorite musician. Le Petit Prince
, a 1/6 scale doll of The Purple One, was born.
It has been nearly a decade since VH1 cancelled "Pop Up Video," but at noon ET today the show returns with 60 new episodes
. Their first video: Britney Spears' Til the World Ends
. The program's new incarnation will
also allow viewers to DIY their own "pop up" videos
and share them on Facebook and Twitter." [more inside]
The Black Album is a Prince record that was originally planned for release in December 1987, as the follow-up to
Sign o' the Times. ... The 1987 promo-only release had no printed title, artist name, production credits or photography printed; a simple black sleeve accompanied the disc. ... The album was canceled mere days before its scheduled release, after hundreds of thousands of copies were pressed. A few escaped destruction, and rank among the most coveted Prince collectibles. In addition, the Black Album became the most bootlegged record of all time. [more inside]
Some guys in a Minneapolis basement, 1984.
Rehearsing "When Doves Cry", "Irresistible Bitch", "Erotic City".... [more inside]
"Prince announces a triple album set available from Target
. Unless he’s going to write a hit song and play in each and every store in the chain, this is a bad deal. We’ve got enough Prince music
. We want two CDs and a third of a protege
? I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a life. And Prince hasn’t put out a good album in this century. ... How many people are going to tell their friends about Prince’s new album? None. No one has hipped me to a new Prince track in fifteen years
. The release of his album is a dead end. He’s abused
. When you e-mail me an unsolicited track you abuse my trust. When you add me to your mailing list without asking first, you abuse my trust. When you focus on marketing as opposed to music, you’ve got your head up your ass." - Bob Lefsetz (previously)
Fifty Norwegian artists (including the national symphony orchestra KORK), who recorded Prince covers in honor of his 50th birthday June 7, have been slapped with a lawsuit by the short-tempered star.
For now, all 81 songs can be previewed free on C+C Records' website
, and some are also available on MySpace
in streamable medley form. Source.
The Once and Future Prince [NYTimes link]
Although Prince declined to be interviewed about “Planet Earth,” he has been highly visible lately. His career is heading into its third decade, and he could have long since become a nostalgia act. Instead he figured out early how to do what he wants in a 21st-century music business, and clearly what he wants is to make more music. Here's a YouTube celebration of some of man's hits over the years: Black Sweat
, Let's Go Crazy
, When Doves Cry
, Purple Rain
, Little Red Corvette
, Nothing Compares 2 U
(ok, the Sinead version), and finally, Prince's basketball showdown with Charlie Murphy
the new Prince album, to be given away for free as a newspaper insert. Music industry bigwigs splutter, fume.
'The Family' Has Reunited.
Members of the studio band
created in the wake of The Time
's disintegration, who never toured and who only released one self-titled album
(featuring the beautiful photography of Horst
and lavish orchestration by Clare Fischer
, like much of Prince's other projects at the time
) have reunited
. No word yet about any involvement from either Prince (writer of nearly all the band's songs, including their gigantic hit Nothing Compares 2 U
- well, at least for Sinead O'Connor
) or his Revolution
(twin sister of Family co-lead vocalist Susannah Melvoin
) & Lisa
, now a successful scoring team for film
Prince wants to sell you the Watchtower and Awake magazines.
I am very surprised at this turn of events. What's he gonna do about all his songs that have so much sexual content?