independent and unofficial
Prince fan community site
Fri 24th Nov 2017 3:14am
Welcome! Sign up or enter username and password to remember me
Forum jump
Forums > Prince: Music and More > Sign☮ the Times era ~ 1987
« Previous topic  Next topic »
Page 1 of 6 123456>
Reply   New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
Author

Tweet     Share

Message
Thread started 10/10/17 11:52am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

Sign☮ the Times era ~ 1987

not the Dream Factory, nor the Camille or Crystal Ball

the SOTT album music singles long versions bsides (1987)outtakes the band the style the times

not the concert film...there is a link below 2 discuss the SOTT film

Prince

Camille

Susan Rogers

Coke Johnson

Dr Fink

Sheila E

Eric Leeds
Miko Weaver

Levi Seacer jr
Atlanta Bliss
Gregory Brooks
Wally Safford
Boni Boyer
Cat Glover

14192643_1091069754279551_6392836292158442839_n.jpg?oh=28256677ed02bd9e0b32fe25dc47923f&oe=5A71D9EB

Sign O the Time movie concert

http://prince.org/msg/7/447838

Prince & his Madhouse 8

http://prince.org/msg/7/448090

the Camille era[aborted] ~1987

http://prince.org/msg/7/4...?&pg=1

the Black Album era[aborted] ~1988

http://prince.org/msg/7/448846

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #1 posted 10/10/17 12:00pm

paulludvig

Perhaps my favourite era. Loved everything about it. The music, the clothes, the band, the attitude.
The wooh is on the one!
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #2 posted 10/10/17 1:43pm

nelcp777

One of my favorite eras. The clothes, colors, jams, perfect!!!!!

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #3 posted 10/10/17 3:03pm

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

19248107_199540527237460_6131828547228710027_n.jpg?oh=5b900734ddc3c6cbfe538845699ed2c7&oe=5A83E1AC

Susannah Melvoin: Backing vocals on Play In the Sunshine & Starfish and Coffee; co-lead vocals on "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night"
"Starfish And Coffee", Lyrics co-written by Susannah
Eric Leeds: All saxophones
Atlanta Bliss: All trumpets
Sheena Easton: Co-lead vocals on "U Got the Look"
Sheila E.: Drums and percussion on "U Got the Look", drums and "Transmississippirap" on "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night"
Clare Fischer: Arranger of strings for "Slow Love"
Wendy Melvoin: Guitar and backing vocals on "Slow Love"; tambourine & congas on "Strange Relationship"
Lisa Coleman: Backing vocals on "Slow Love"; sitar & wooden flute on "Strange Relationship"
Miko Weaver: Lead guitar on "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night"
Jill Jones: Co-lead vocals on "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night"
The Revolution: Performance of "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night"
Gilbert Davison, Todd Hermann, Coke Johnson, Brad Marsh, Mike Soltys, Susan Rogers and "the Penguin": Party voices on "Housequake"
Greg Brooks, Wally Safford, Jerome Benton and "6000 wonderful Parisians": Backing vocals on "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night"
Susan Rogers, Coke Johnson, and Prince: Engineer
Prince: All other vocals and instruments

"Slow Love" lyrics co-written by Carol Davis

It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" music co-written by Dr. Fink & Eric Leeds.

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #4 posted 10/10/17 3:16pm

Doozer

avatar

paulludvig said:

Perhaps my favourite era. Loved everything about it. The music, the clothes, the band, the attitude.


Yep.

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #5 posted 10/10/17 5:01pm

214

I love this era, is so full of magic and great songs.

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #6 posted 10/10/17 6:29pm

joyinrepetitio
n

avatar

My absolute favorite Prince era! Everything about it was perfect. One thing I will say is that it's the least photographed era of you ask me. I really haven't seen any rare or unseen pics.
__________________________________________________
2 words falling between the drops and the moans of his condition
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #7 posted 10/10/17 6:42pm

lakerlaker52

0913775_C_DD0_F_44_EC_8_FE6_2740_A8_E3_F877.jpg

Legendary Minnesota-born musical genius at the height of his powers releases his career masterpiece: a brilliant, sprawling double album. The cover features an out-of-focus photo of the reclusive superstar adorned in a scarf, jacket, and long hair - enigmatic as always.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #8 posted 10/10/17 7:51pm

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

RELEASED 4.2.1987

14370378_1109758082410718_6239203275421320285_n.jpg?oh=1232b839cf5b1222b3857fcd4719809a&oe=5A6ED2EF

Sign o the Times
Play In the Sunshine
Housequake
the Ballad of Dorothy Parker

It

Starfish & Coffee
Slow Love
Hot Thang
Forever In My Life
U Got the Look
If I Was Your Girlfriend
Strange Relationship
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

The Cross
It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night
Adore

14224826_1091070024279524_6141785482393314764_n.jpg?oh=957da85eabfad6b82b4a2102254dd92c&oe=5A7EE789

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #9 posted 10/10/17 8:18pm

RJOrion

besides of course the album, my favorite thing about that era, is the Amazing Cat Glover...her face (eyes), and non-stop dance energy, had me sprung...she always looked like she was having the time of her life onstage... her facial expressions seemed like that of a fan who was seeing Prince for the very first time...i can watch the SOTT movie over and over, and it NEVER gets old...
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #10 posted 10/11/17 5:43am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

001-1.jpg002-2.jpg

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #11 posted 10/13/17 8:28am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

3.21.1987

@ FIRST AVENUE -SOTT Open Rehearsal

14492611_1120083951378131_3616537725280389288_n.jpg?oh=54200d2927def5d4c45fef85318a7f5d&oe=5A748458

giphy.gif

14355507_1120083968044796_4072142502581047026_n.jpg?oh=764039655531a80cabcfb0fc647d0549&oe=5A76E9C4

1. Housequake

2. Girls & Boys

3. Slow Love

4. Hot Thang

5. Now's the Time

6. Strange Relationship

7. Forever In My Life

8. Kiss

9. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night

14479526_1120084748044718_1742715267316538244_n.jpg?oh=a8d88a32290097ef1266c3d09d698c72&oe=5A67ED1E 14519783_1120101734709686_1539994292539525522_n.jpg?oh=7bd5435bb4e59c3733696d399f563452&oe=5A865B0C

200.gif#421-grid3 200.gif#488-grid3

14433085_1120102061376320_1414389166605112043_n.jpg?oh=304c351ca59657b188c8f2418e115bfc&oe=5A6AB80D

15055669_1171830619536797_5483202696630455316_n.jpg?oh=7245f5fd66c8c4c90c5fc3f025616ee6&oe=5A82FB83

14517530_1120084798044713_262201022553705683_n.jpg?oh=24c4ddfa0099ad6f44dec77869827c5f&oe=5A7A9A85 14495255_1120085068044686_3004023554742319860_n.jpg?oh=a5af4abaf05c3fd56dd578d6c8e765bb&oe=5A705D73 14433218_1120085121378014_4965987493233313198_n.jpg?oh=4cdc187d85051eefd08699256cc77a53&oe=5A77B5E9 14516556_1120085211378005_2376919757165355339_n.jpg?oh=a4141ba521612a2d6dd4837d3d6559e3&oe=5A7A3A18

14519853_1120101738043019_6187329937704392225_n.jpg?oh=026a2fb32fcd623a2a39295f9dccb9c7&oe=5A8048AC 14457425_1120101728043020_635860020815409806_n.jpg?oh=b6418e8d2cb571fbac41f3de015d89ba&oe=5A6DA93F

14469731_1120101788043014_6106786041493491032_n.jpg?oh=a05f0e046bbde3ef93dca56773815402&oe=5A678E56

14470475_1120101868043006_7604396480669638469_n.jpg?oh=4bdbd4bb3e5ea889753a32678306ee32&oe=5A789E2F

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #12 posted 10/13/17 9:11am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

released 2.18.1987

PRINCE_SIGN%2BO%2BTHE%2BTIMES-309930.jpg

In France

a skinny man died from a big disease with a little

By chance

his girlfriend came across a needle

and soon she did the same

At home there are 17yr old boys

and their idea of fun

Is being in a gang called the disciples

High on crack and toting a machine gun

Times

Times

Hurricane Annie ripped the ceiling of a church and killed everyone inside
You turn on the telly and every other story is tellin' you somebody died
A sister killed her baby 'cause she couldn't afford to feed it
And yet we're sending people to the moon
In September, my cousin tried reefer for the very first time
Now he's doing horse, it's June, unh

Times
Times

It's silly, no?
When a rocket ship explodes and everybody still wants to fly
But some say a man ain't happy unless a man truly dies
Oh why?

Time
Time

Baby make a speech, Star Wars fly
Neighbors just shine it on
But if a night falls and a bomb falls
Will anybody see the dawn?

Time, mm
Times

Is it silly, no?
When a rocket blows and, and everybody still wants to fly
Some say man ain't happy truly until a man truly dies
Oh why, oh why?
Sign o' the times, unh

Time
Time

Sign o' the times mess with your mind
Hurry before it's too late
Let's fall in love, get married, have a baby
We'll call him Nate
If it's a boy

Time
Times

Prince_sign-o-the-times_250.jpg

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #13 posted 10/13/17 9:13am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

Prince-in-drag.jpeg

I am a dog outside your door
I have been there since a quarter to four
You are a cat licking intense
I bite your leg in self-defense

Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

Get out my tree, grinning at me
Licking your tail like it's cream
Stroking your whiskers, causing a scene
That's not the way to be to me (that's not the way)

Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

And the doggy say to the kitty
La, la, la, he, he, hee
I want you, you want me
Oh, how sexy it will be
If we ever get together in my tree

Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

Hey little pussy you sure look sweet
Knocking me off of my four feet (knocking me off of my four feet, my four feet)
Sure do wish dogs could climb (I wish, I wish)
Then we could have a funky good time

Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Say it again! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

Why you wink at me? (Why you wink at me?)
I don't really to see (I don't want to see)
Nasty little cat left up in a tree (up)
Is it really worth a one night of fun?
You've got nine lives, I only got one, ooh!

Say it! (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

And the doggy say to the kitty
La, la, la, he, he, hee
I want you, you want me
Oh, how sexy it will be
If we ever get together in my tree

I'm picking up your scent

PRINCE_SIGN%2BO%2BTHE%2BTIMES-309930.jpg

Prince wrote this song with Sheena Easton, a Scottish singer he was collaborating with at the time (Prince wrote her 1985 hit "Sugar Walls"). According to Easton, the song was very innocent when she started writing it - the song was about a cat that climbs a tree and teases a dog. She says Prince would often inspect her notebooks and offer advice; when he came across "La, La, La, He, He, Hee," he thought it was an interesting idea. As a challenge, he put the song together, turning the dog and cat into metaphors for a human liaison.

The result was a song that has the typical musical complexity of late '80s Prince, but with lyrics that sound like a dirty nursery rhyme. Not suitable for the masses, it was released on the B-side of the "Sign O' the Times" single and later included on The Hits / The B-Sides compilation.

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #14 posted 10/13/17 4:35pm

CherryMoon57

a912380ede6d68776717557d71f7fb34.jpg

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #15 posted 10/13/17 4:45pm

CherryMoon57

Live that face!

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #16 posted 10/13/17 4:49pm

CherryMoon57

Cat Glover and Eric Leeds - Sign of the Times Tour at Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden, 9th May 1987.

f275707a86579c479127c820b0b813c9.jpg

[Edited 10/17/17 2:25am]

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #17 posted 10/13/17 5:13pm

CherryMoon57

It was during this era that I became a Prince fan. smile I was a teenager and in the space of 6 months I spent all of my pocket money on his albums produced between 1978 and 1987 (including Sign O' The Times), and started designing and creating my own clothing range based on Cat and Sheila E.'s outfits from the Sign O' The Times tour... I was a dancer and our dance teacher played Prince during the class. Those were fun times. If during that period someone had told me that I would one day get invited by Prince to dance onstage, I would have have believed them (and rightly so as it happened for real, but not until many years later)!


 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #18 posted 10/13/17 5:16pm

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

The "Sign o' the Times" single cover...that was when Prince actually asked me to join his band. I had no idea what was going on.
He asked me to go by his house in Beverly Hills and pick up a dress. I flew to Minneapolis the next day and I had no idea that was the dress I was supposed to wear. But, that dress was supposed to be for Susannah Melvoin, Wendy's twin sister. It just so happened I fit the dress. I came to find out that was the dress he wanted me to wear for the cover and he didn't let me know what it was for.
Earl Jones, Jill Jones' uncle, did my hair. I put on the dress, they gave me Prince's glasses, Prince told me to play the guitar and they started shooting. That how it ended up on the cover.
By the way, that heart you see on the cover, was a thick glass mirror. It was so heavy and that's why you see my muscles. I was shaking holding that heart. I said "Prince, if you were going to make the heart black, you could just drawn a black cardboard heart and it would have been effortless."
But, he's smart and he's such a genius, he wanted it to look like him. I got it. If you're holding something heavy, I don't care if you're a baby, girl or woman, your muscles are going to show. Even my dad thought that was Prince. Prince's dad thought that was Prince. Amazing, right?

22489655_1476407429079113_4265949779750925346_n.jpg?oh=02a8bf1c4114a367673cb104216d3a1b&oe=5A76D4C4

http://beautifulnightschitown.blogspot.com/2013/05/sexy-dancer-cat-glover-talks-2.html

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #19 posted 10/13/17 5:18pm

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

CherryMoon57 said:

It was during this era that I became a Prince fan. smile I was a teenager and in the space of 6 months I spent all of my pocket money on his albums produced between 1978 and 1987 (including Sign O' The Times), and started designing and creating my own clothing range based on Cat and Sheila E.'s outfits from the Sign O' The Times tour... I was a dancer and our dance teacher played Prince during the class. Those were fun times. If during that period someone had told me that I would one day get invited by Prince to dance onstage, I would have have believed them (and rightly so as it happened for real, but not until many years later)!


lol great story. Great times to have been alive.

I used to draw pictures of Amazonian / Wonder-Superwoman types that dressed like Cat & Sheila E lol

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #20 posted 10/13/17 5:22pm

CherryMoon57

OldFriends4Sale said:

CherryMoon57 said:

It was during this era that I became a Prince fan. smile I was a teenager and in the space of 6 months I spent all of my pocket money on his albums produced between 1978 and 1987 (including Sign O' The Times), and started designing and creating my own clothing range based on Cat and Sheila E.'s outfits from the Sign O' The Times tour... I was a dancer and our dance teacher played Prince during the class. Those were fun times. If during that period someone had told me that I would one day get invited by Prince to dance onstage, I would have have believed them (and rightly so as it happened for real, but not until many years later)!


lol great story. Great times to have been alive.

I used to draw pictures of Amazonian / Wonder-Superwoman types that dressed like Cat & Sheila E lol

cool I used to paint too, whilst listening to his music, anything from night cityscapes to people resembling his male and females associates... Such inspiring times.

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #21 posted 10/13/17 5:30pm

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

CherryMoon57 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

lol great story. Great times to have been alive.

I used to draw pictures of Amazonian / Wonder-Superwoman types that dressed like Cat & Sheila E lol

cool I used to paint too, whilst listening to his music, anything from night cityscapes to people resembling his male and females associates... Such inspiring times.

lol so did I, I did my version of the bands/proteges on stage etc

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #22 posted 10/14/17 5:17am

Wlcm2thdwn3

avatar

Know what I remember? I did not know one darn soul that liked Princfe or cared about this movie. So I went to the movie to see it all by my self. Back then I could not have paid aanyone to go with me. Everybody was into Mj.

confused

How long do you wanna be loved. Is forever enough, is forever enough?
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #23 posted 10/14/17 7:02am

thedance

avatar

I could not believe this masterpiece was overlooked in favor of the Joshua Tree.

Damn Joshua is a fine album, but Sign O' The Times have more styles and genres, it is far more varied.

It's a much better album (SOTT), I believe we can agree to this today, right. Sign is FANTASTIC, it's strong all the way in pop, soul, funk and rock, wow...

Prince was magnificent, in 1980 to 1988. One masterpiece right after the other, and each were different. Incredible, to release so many true masterpieces in 1 decade.

Prince was the biggest genius in his generation,


no contest really... love

Prince 4Ever. heart
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #24 posted 10/14/17 8:51pm

paraded

I am so confident that as the 21st century rolls along, this will stop being reluctantly included near the bottom of "100 Best" lists and will rise to the top, possibly the very top.

I've listened to every Beatles, Stones, Clash, Steve Wonder, Dylan album, and so many others, and I still think this is the ultimate one.

To me it's not a "sprawling" or "messy" record. Regardless of how it was assembled, every track locks together and conceptually works.

It's definitely one of the ten greatest records ever.

[Edited 10/14/17 20:53pm]

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #25 posted 10/15/17 4:04pm

214

CherryMoon57 said:

cat-glover-and-eric-leeds-perform-on-stage-with-prince-on-the-sign-of-picture-id155760907 (1024×780)

Wonderful picture, this and the one before.

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #26 posted 10/15/17 4:10pm

CherryMoon57

64a725b0a92b73f18d61ecc849de7964.394x394x1.jpg

[Edited 10/15/17 16:52pm]

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #27 posted 10/16/17 8:49am

emesem

Good times.

I remember driving an hour a way to pick up the album from a record store that put it out on the shelves a day early. I remember studying the cover and album sleeves. I remember swearing that I had dreamt hearing "the Ballad Of Dorthy Parker" the night BEFORE I ever heard it.

(I also remember thinking how the hell did "La La La, He He He" not make the cut but "U Got the Look" and "Slow Love" did?)

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #28 posted 10/16/17 8:50am

emesem

Is this really 87? Was he rocking the polka dots then? Looks more like his LoveSexy afterparty look.

OldFriends4Sale said:

3.21.1987

@ FIRST AVENUE -SOTT Open Rehearsal

1. Housequake

2. Girls & Boys

3. Slow Love

4. Hot Thang

5. Now's the Time

6. Strange Relationship

7. Forever In My Life

8. Kiss

9. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #29 posted 10/16/17 8:56am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

Yes, the SOTT open rehearsal in 1987

watching it as we speak

Polka dots were being worn during the Parade era

well he wore the white/black polka dot suite on the regular main shows

* the post has been updated

16425897_1245934348793090_943078162381959820_n.jpg?oh=90f84e0d03d1cba6865dca61b96ec1e7&oe=5A7D6454 13124510_1001269549926239_2655060490222702760_n.jpg?oh=d549317b9ed7608b034d667d9c68e636&oe=5A7035AB

13872997_1063707313682462_3829377492631440088_n.jpg?oh=6a3cd7f5e167eb566bb833df457e2d60&oe=5A78E269 13872997_1063707317015795_1916201814439672127_n.jpg?oh=97a0f28990c8e2d3b8f3288417a890c1&oe=5A6F59FE

emesem said:

Is this really 87? Was he rocking the polka dots then? Looks more like his LoveSexy afterparty look.

OldFriends4Sale said:

3.21.1987

@ FIRST AVENUE -SOTT Open Rehearsal

giphy.gif

1. Housequake

2. Girls & Boys

3. Slow Love

4. Hot Thang

5. Now's the Time

6. Strange Relationship

7. Forever In My Life

8. Kiss

9. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night

200.gif#421-grid3 200.gif#488-grid3

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Page 1 of 6 123456>
Reply   New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
« Previous topic  Next topic »
Forums > Prince: Music and More > Sign☮ the Times era ~ 1987