“Erotic City (make love not war erotic city come alive)” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)

All I knew about “Erotic City” in 1984 was that it was funky and fun as hell. I had no idea what the word “erotic” meant, and I couldn’t make out most of the lyrics. I didn’t even know that Sheila E sang the chorus with Prince until years later. Thirty-five (almost) years later, I… Read More “Erotic City (make love not war erotic city come alive)” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)

“Dirty Mind” by Prince (1980)

I’ve said plenty about Prince. So for this entry, I’m gonna turn the mic over to Miles Davis, who encapsulates perfectly why “Dirty Mind”, in Prince’s hands, is perfection. In the same quote, he also encapsulates perfectly why this same song (and many of Prince’s songs) wouldn’t have worked coming from, say…Rick James. Or Teddy Pendergrass.… Read More “Dirty Mind” by Prince (1980)

“Diamonds & Pearls” by Prince & The New Power Generation (1991)

A few stray thoughts about this song… *I bought albums on cassette almost exclusively until the mid ‘90s. And until I started working retail in 1993, I wasn’t able to afford cassettes (at least at the rate I consumed music) so I was a certified bootleg patron. Back in the day, there used to be African… Read More “Diamonds & Pearls” by Prince & The New Power Generation (1991)

“Darling Nikki” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)

So much to say about “Darling Nikki”. And, in one of those cool weird coincidences, this song’s number comes up about 12 hours before I’m headed into Williamsburg to see Purple Rain on a big screen for the first time ever! I didn’t realize until recently that “Darling Nikki” and “Little Red Corvette” run along similar lyrical paths.… Read More “Darling Nikki” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)