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Thread started 07/04/11 9:35pm

treaux

Hon E Man

Greetings! Who doesn't love this song?

I've always thought this song dripped of Prince's input. I was shocked to read that it's one of the tracks he didn't have anything to do with. Is that possible?

First of all, it's funky as all get out. I love the synth intro and the chicken scratch outro.

I remember the first time I heard the phrase, "Dig up!" It was on the Prince & the Revolution Live VHS. Prince told the audience something like, "Dig up, ya'll! I'm going to show you a new trick." This was during the Temptation interlude right before "Let's Pretend We're Married."

A few years later, here's a song full of the "Dig up!" call to arms.

I love Sheila E., and have no doubt that she could create something just as funky without him; however, this song smacks of Prince.

Another thing I find surprising is the dropping of the N-word. Neither one of them did it often, but it does creep in, e.g. Love or Money (demo), P-Control, Pheromone, Da Bang, etc.

I digress, and I'm not trying to be controversial. I love this song, and I'm posting my love for it, the curiosities of it, and my respect for their collaborations.

Dig up!

Treaux

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Reply #1 posted 07/05/11 2:27am

SoulAlive

Love this song music I always say that Sheila's third album is her best work.

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Reply #2 posted 07/05/11 7:29am

regcart

This is one of Sheila E's best.....I freeking love this song.....I love all the elements of this song. Sheila E's use of synths,Horns,Drums are just AWESOME & FUNKY!!!!!!!

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Reply #3 posted 07/05/11 9:55am

Efan

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It's a funky track. I dig it. I love how it fits in with the the pop tunes of the album and blends seamlessly. Both Prince and Sheila were in a groove with that album; the ones that are all him and the ones that didn't have his involvement all manage to click together. It's interesting that the Prince tracks sound more dated (to me, anyway).

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Reply #4 posted 07/05/11 3:55pm

SoulAlive

I love the sassy lyrics throughout lol

shades of your past begin to stir the heat

roll over baby and get off my satin sheets

If you lost my number that's a story to be told

the candle burns at both end,baby,when n#**#s get too bold

little girls who sleep at night are better left to dream

I just seen too many movies,if you know what I mean

biggrin Sheila comes across as a tough,no-nonsense lady in this song!

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Reply #5 posted 07/06/11 6:30am

PurpleJedi

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dancing jig

Awesome track! nod

By St. Boogar and all the saints at the backside door of Purgatory!
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Reply #6 posted 07/07/11 7:43pm

HonEMan

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Love it!

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Reply #7 posted 07/07/11 7:54pm

thisisit

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shades of your past begin to stir the heat

roll over baby and get off my satin sheets

If you lost my number that's a story to be told

the candle burns at both end,baby,when n#**#s get too bold

little girls who sleep at night are better left to dream

I just seen too many movies,if you know what I mean

cool

"It's time for you to go to the wire."
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Reply #8 posted 07/08/11 10:34am

PurpleJedi

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HonEMan said:

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Love it!

falloff

Never would'a guessed!

By St. Boogar and all the saints at the backside door of Purgatory!
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Reply #9 posted 07/12/11 12:33pm

Poplife88

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Favorite song, from my favorite Sheila E album. Very surprised Prince had nothing to do with this one. Thought he was all over that one. Oozes that Paisley/MN funk sound.

We're gonna need a bigger boat
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Reply #10 posted 07/19/11 9:15am

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Poplife88 said:

Favorite song, from my favorite Sheila E album. Very surprised Prince had nothing to do with this one. Thought he was all over that one. Oozes that Paisley/MN funk sound.

I'm sure he did have everything to do with this song, in fact the whole album...its Prince all over. He is well known for not taking credit for his help for Protegee's songs.

The album Romance 1600 is definately all Prince written.

[Edited 7/19/11 9:16am]

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Reply #11 posted 07/19/11 9:33am

HonEMan

TheFreakerFantastic said:

Poplife88 said:

Favorite song, from my favorite Sheila E album. Very surprised Prince had nothing to do with this one. Thought he was all over that one. Oozes that Paisley/MN funk sound.

I'm sure he did have everything to do with this song, in fact the whole album...its Prince all over. He is well known for not taking credit for his help for Protegee's songs.

The album Romance 1600 is definately all Prince written.

[Edited 7/19/11 9:16am]

Gonna have to disagree on this one. I remember that at least half of the tracks had quite a different sound to what Prince was putting out that year. In fact it took me awhile to warm up to Sheila's pop-rock sound. I've heard that friends of Sheila, Contance Guzman and Raphael Saadiq, were more hands-on with this album and that Prince just phoned-in a couple demos. In fact I find the Prince-penned songs on this album to be the weakest of the lot.

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Reply #12 posted 07/19/11 3:28pm

JudasLChrist

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I was fairly dissapointed in this record when it came out. There were more straight 'pop' songs on it, and I couldn't stomach that at the time. There were some high points, though. Hon E Man might have been the best song on there.

I don't know how this could not be Prince on this song. Who else plays bass like that besides Mark Brown? Also the guitar very much in the style of his playng. There is some serious RAW funk on this recording. I also think this is Prince's best period as far as horn arrangements in his songs. There's acually a horn riff at the end of this that you hear on the Sign O' the Times Movie... I think it's during Beautiful Night.

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Reply #13 posted 07/19/11 3:28pm

SoulAlive

HonEMan said:

TheFreakerFantastic said:

I'm sure he did have everything to do with this song, in fact the whole album...its Prince all over. He is well known for not taking credit for his help for Protegee's songs.

The album Romance 1600 is definately all Prince written.


Gonna have to disagree on this one. I remember that at least half of the tracks had quite a different sound to what Prince was putting out that year. In fact it took me awhile to warm up to Sheila's pop-rock sound. I've heard that friends of Sheila, Contance Guzman and Raphael Saadiq, were more hands-on with this album and that Prince just phoned-in a couple demos. In fact I find the Prince-penned songs on this album to be the weakest of the lot.

Yep,Prince didn't 'dominate" this album at all.Sheila was allowed to come up with some songs of her own and I think that's why this album is so satisfying.It allows us a chance to finally hear the 'real' Sheila Escovedo.Songs like "Faded Photographs" and "Hold Me" don't really sound like Prince at all.

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