It’s good to see Pr1nc3 on the cover of Billboard again.
Love the sleeping mask glasses.
Wendy & Lisa gave a candid interview to out.com. They’re talking about their relationship, recording with Grace Jones, their time with Prince in The Revolution and recording an album with Trevor Horn in the 90ties which did not get released, partly because of his homophobic remarks.
I love how they describe Prince as a “fancy lesbian” and getting more upset phone calls from him everytime they share some purple memories.
The ladies new album White Flags of Winter Chimneys is available from Wendy & Lisa”™s web site.
Did you first think Prince was gay?
Lisa: He was little and kinda prissy and everything. But he”™s so not gay.
Wendy: He”™s a girl, for sure, but he”™s not gay. He looked at me like a gay woman would look at another woman.
Lisa: Totally. He”™s like a fancy lesbian.
Wendy: I remember being at that “œSexuality” video shoot and him on stage with that little black jacket and that tie thing around his neck and his black pants with white buttons on the side. And we looked at each other for the first time and I thought, “œOh, I could so fall in love with that girl easy.” It doesn”™t matter what sexuality, gender you are. You”™re in the room with him and he gives you that look and you”™re like, “œOkay, I”™m done. It”™s over.” He”™s Casanova. He”™s Valentino.
Wendy: We had an amazing month with [Jones] in our home writing “œWilliams”™ Blood,” becoming friends, and being bizarre divas. We had to pick her up when she woke up in the morning, and the morning to her was like 6 PM.
Lisa: She gets in the back seat of the car and of course we have to stop to buy bottles of champagne. She wanted to play the bass. She kind of couldn”™t, but she could groove like nobody”™s business on one note. She started to sing and I wish I could”™ve seen my own face. I was like —
Wendy and Lisa in near unison: Oh my God, it”™s Nightclubbing! [Jones”™s classic 1981 disco-punk album with the hit “œPull Up to the Bumper”]
After not having a website for a while, Prince is back with lotusflow3r.com, which might also be the name of his new album.
Right now, you can listen to three songs: his cover of Crimson and Clover, (There’ll Never B) Another Like Me and Here Eye Come by his friend Bria Valente.
When I attended a couple of Prince concerts last year, I was hoping for a live album. Especially of the aftershows that took place at a smaller venue at the O2 Arena in London. And in October, a little bit over a year later, this is what’s happening.
Prince and photographer Randee St. Nicolas are releasing 21 Nights, a book of photographs spanning his London residency, including poetry, lyrics and “Indigo Night,” a CD–available only with the book–capturing Prince’s live after-show sessions.
On my last night in the UK, Prince played the aftershow. I’m stoked.
The concert started with band member Shelby J. on lead vocals for a good half hour, performing covers. The opening song being Honky Tonk Woman, during which Prince struts on stage, wearing a light yellow suit with a hood attached to the jacket, gold chains, black hair band. He’s orchestrating the band, who seemed to be in a playful mood.
After a short break, Prince takes over the vocals and sings a couple of songs from his most recent album before launching into such classics as When U Were Mine and a rock version of Anotherloverholenyohead with pieces of Rock Lobster thrown in. The first encore is 3121, which sounds so much better live.
After another encore, I took the boat back to the West End.
I’m now on my way to the airport for my flight to T.O.
Prince is playing six more nights in London.
As the Prince weeks on produzentin.com are coming to an end, I thought this might be my chance to sneak in a story about one of my favourite record covers, the Sign ‘O’ The Times single. Released by Prince in February 1987 it was the lead single for the album of the same title.
At that time I was very nervous when a new Prince single or album was released, especially if it was the lead single revealing the new Prince look.
This was before the internets hit the streets and therefore, or maybe because I was living in a small village in Germany, not much was known about the new record or look. So, I made my way to the record store on the day of the release and there it is: Sign “O” The Times.
For a moment, I was very surprised. Did he really do drag? On a closer look and by flipping the cover it was clear that the woman’s styling was done with Prince in mind. Hilarious. But who was this person and why is she on the cover of the new Prince single? I was desperate. Maybe the video would be more helpful. I was so disappointed when I saw the video for the first time. No Prince sighting during the whole video, only text rolling left and right and up and down. Times.
The album was finally released in April 1987 and it basically continued the theme: Prince wears peach and black. For the Sign ‘O’ The Times tour it would later read on the tickets: “Wear something peach or black”.
The woman on the cover is Cat Glover. It was her introduction into the Prince world. As a member of the band she joined the Sign ‘O’ The Times and Lovesexy tours and is featured in a couple of videos, like Glam Slam and I Wish U Heaven. Her raps can be heard on Cindy C. (of the Black Album, the rap was originally written by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and included on Music is the Key) and Alphabet St.
Years later, I read an interview with Cat (can’t find the magazine anymore) that Prince and her thought it would be fun if Cat would be on the cover dressed as him. Easy.
By the way, the B-side was written by Prince as he was challenged by Sheena Easton who thought he could not come up with a song to the title of La, La, La, He, He, Hee. It’s a 10 minute funk workout with a dog barking drum pattern about a sexually charged romance between a dog and a cat.
Last weekend Toffi and I went to the big arena Prince show. It seemed like it was sold out, around 20000 people. The stage in form of his trademark symbol is set up in the middle of the venue. We were in the fifth row directly at the point of the symbol.
I was especially happy to hear Controversy and If I Was Your Girlfriend. During 1999 Prince, to make the audience sing along, jokingly asks: What’s the name of this song?
Even more exciting than the big show are his aftershows. During his 21 nights in London, an aftershow is happing every night, although it is not announced whether or not he’ll be there.
He played the aftershow last Friday, so Toffi and I had the feeling he would not play the aftershow on Saturday. He didn’t. His band played and there are great musicians but the jazztrumentals were kind of heavy on us.
To make sure I would get another Prince filled aftershow, I bought tickets for 3 shows that are happening before I go back to Toronto. The first was this Friday. Again jazzstrumentals only. No Prince.
Finally, yesterday night, Prince and the band performed. They came on stage at 1 am and rocked the house from the very first minute. The audience was on a very high energy level too, singing along for most of the songs. They played a few cover versions, including What Have You Done For Me Lately by Janet.
For the encore Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas joined the band. Too soon, the house lights went on, the dj started playing again. About 5 minutes later, half of the audience had already left, people are screamingly running back to the stage: Prince and the band are back.
They launch into a guitar heavy version of Redhead Stepchild, an unreleased song that Prince had written for his former protege Tamar. At this point the audience went totally nuts, jumping up and down during the whole song, singing the refrain.
Wish me luck for this Thursday night, my last aftershow (for now).
I leave my place at around 9 to walk to the cinema to see The Godfather of Disco (trailer) at its UK premiere. As I arrive at the venue I see Mel Cheren head into the theatre. And just by chance I sit right next to him during the screening. The film is loosely based on Mel’s autobiography and features lots of interviews. Apart from Mel’s story, I found the interviews with Junior Vasquez (of all people) and Kevin Hedge of Blaze (he cute) most interesting. Also, it was very sad to see some of speeches that were held during Larry Levan’s funeral service.
After the documentary, I said hi to Mel and the director, Gene Graham. Now, let’s hope they’re getting some good distribution for the movie, that you can see it.
Then I rushed across town to get to the Prince afterparty. As Toffi is coming over next weekend and we’re heading to a Prince concert, I didn’t want to spoil the big arena experience and decided not to go to one of the main shows before. Although, Prince does not perform at every afterparty, I was very optimistic.
So, I get there at a quarter to one. 15 minutes later Prince hits the stage. Dressed in a red suit, red hat with big red feathers on top. His keyboard is set up in the middle of the stage and he starts with two Stevie Wonder cover versions, Superstition and Higher Ground, before moving on to A Love Bizarre. The audience goes crazy. He does back up vocals for Marva King on the Chaka Khan cover of Sweet Thing. Then, The Ballad of Dorothy Parker.
Most of the songs feature saxophone solos by Maceo Parker, of James Brown and Parliament/George Clinton fame.
The whole atmosphere on stage is quite relaxed. At one point Prince sings:
“Learn to work the toilet seat – If it’s up – Put it down” (from the new song, The Rules)
And gets the audience to repeat the lines.
A couple of classic covers follow, like Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). Prince and the band leave the stage at 2:30 am.
Just one more thing, when he first got on stage, I thought he had scarfed his face just like in the old days. That would have been the icing on the cake.
Watch this site as it turns into a Prince fan page.