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Reply #30 posted 08/31/21 6:19am

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‘THE MINNEAPOLIS SOUND’ MADE MN MORE THAN ALMOST FAMOUS

If Minnesota’s thousands of lakes are the body, then the “Minneapolis Sound” is the vibrant, wild, beating heart. Others may label the state “flyover country,” but anyone who ever hears the likes of The Time, Hüsker Dü, Alexander O’Neal, The Replacements or, without question, Prince, knows that Minneapolis has a pulse unlike any other American metropolis.

The city’s musical flowering in the 1970s and 1980s – not to mention its collection of musical languages ranging from R&B to punk – is fueled by legend. An endless string of pop-chart hits flowed out of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ iconic Minneapolis studio, Flyte Tyme. Hüsker Dü simultaneously mesmerized and confused crowds at venues such as Jay’s Longhorn. The state’s first all-female rock band, Têtes Noires, spurred a legion of loud-and-proud women to take up guitars and drum sticks.

And Prince. The Purple One. The Man of Many Names. Prince’s influence laces around the rhythms and the riffs. Some aura of him lingers in the places where he used to play. Some element of his musical audacity – his sheer genius – figures directly into the sonic essence of Minnesota.

In 1988, then-Twin Cities PBS producer Emily Goldberg set out to understand the ephemeral roots of the “Minneapolis Sound.” The result, aptly named “The Minneapolis Sound,” chronicles the stories behind many of the state’s most famous (and infamous) musicians – but the documentary is also very much about Goldberg’s quest to arrive at some working definition of Minnesota’s musical soul, in all its multi-faceted, winter-given glory. In that version, Prince’s music floats in and out of her interviews and adventures about town, though The Artist remains physically absent despite her best efforts.

Thirty-one years later, the dust on that original documentary has been blown off and a new edition will debut as an episode of TPT’s weekly history series, Minnesota Experience. The bones of that vintage version still form the architecture of the story – but due to a change in licensing rights, Prince’s music had to be stripped out.

Maybe it’s because we don’t hear his music in this new version that we hear him loud and clear. Maybe it’s because we don’t see him in either the 1988 or the 2019 documentaries that we see him in living, undeniable color.

No matter. The film is peppered with a slew of interviews, performances and slices of MTV music videos that serve as an instant, irresistible time machine. Here are a few favorites:

The Minneapolis Sound&#39; Made MN More Than Almost Famous - TPT Originals

Once upon a dark, music-less time, First Avenue was a Greyhound station. But Prince’s 1984 film Purple Rain features a dazzling collection of performances by The Time and his own The Revolution on the First Avenue stage – so the venue plays a starring role in the semi-autobiographical story about “The Kid’s” (a.k.a. Prince’s) rise to fame.

If First Avenue is the glamorous diva, then 7th Street Entry is her snarling little terrier. As Goldberg discovers, the Entry served as ground zero for a different kind of “Minneapolis sound.”

The Man Who Shot All of Minneapolis&#39; Sounds | Pitchfork

Prince, a.k.a. the “baddest guitar player around,” may provide an air of mythology and mystery to the documentary. But Jimmy Jam is the hero. Every second he spends on camera offers up a sly charm that makes you feel like you’re having an actual conversation with an actual famous person. Also, he takes viewers on a tour of the former Flyte Tyme studio and – whether he’s visiting the mail room, pointing out Gold Records or stepping out into a genuine Minnesota winter – the experience provides one of the through-lines of the film.

Fast forward to the present. The music venues, the hair styles, the cut of a sequined jacket may have changed, but the Minneapolis sound persists, despite the break-up of legendary bands and the trials of a genuine Minnesota winter.

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The Time

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Jesse Johnson (1985)

Jesse Johnson and Morris Day

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Reply #34 posted 09/03/21 5:24pm

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Reply #35 posted 09/08/21 5:20am

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Mark Cardenas was on Keyboards w/St. Paul Peterson in the Purple Rain Movie & on the Ice Cream Castle Album Cover. It has been said that Jellybean Johnson said that Cardenas should have NEVER been in The Time....... eek eek eek

I don't know where Jellybean is coming from there but Mark Cardenas was popping with

Jesse's band.

Indeed!!!

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woogiebear said:

phunkdaddy said:

I don't know where Jellybean is coming from there but Mark Cardenas was popping with

Jesse's band.

Indeed!!!

Still disappointed that Jesse back out of the Condensation move and chose to back someone who idolized him(The Time / Prince)

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Morris Day ~ Color of Success (1985) era

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Reply #40 posted 09/10/21 7:36pm

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Indeed!!!

Still disappointed that Jesse back out of the Condensation move and chose to back someone who idolized him(The Time / Prince)

I hear Ya! But It's not Jesse's fault. U have 2 hear His side of the Story. Then there's a Webcast on the Net that breaks it down even further. And.......it ain't Jesse!!!!

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Reply #41 posted 09/17/21 8:41pm

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woogiebear said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Still disappointed that Jesse back out of the Condensation move and chose to back someone who idolized him(The Time / Prince)

I hear Ya! But It's not Jesse's fault. U have 2 hear His side of the Story. Then there's a Webcast on the Net that breaks it down even further. And.......it ain't Jesse!!!!

The main thing I fault Jesse for is airing the band's laundry on FB. disbelief

All of that should have been kept behind close doors. Jesse put the band's business out there

and when fans came for him he had a meltdown. lol

I remember years ago when LA and Babyface had their differences when it came to business

Babyface say they were able to work through it because they settled their differences in private

and didn't air it out in public.

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Johnson: Well, a prime example, Prince has messed up three bands I’ve been in. He wouldn’t let us be The Time. You know I’ve been in Morris Day and the Time and I’m in the Original 7ven. We put off our major release last year because he was threatening to sue us. He didn’t want us to be the Time because he’s been a selfish jerk, because he didn’t want a partner. We offered him money, we offered him everything to be part of the project and he didn’t want to be. The same thing with fDeluxe. He did the same thing with us. We got ready to put a record out, we asked him, “Man, you have any songs for us?” No, he didn’t want to have nothing to do with us. He wanted to leave it totally—he created us, and he wanted it to just stay like it is. Well, uh, I’m 56 years old; the rest of us have careers. The rest of us are talented. So we want to make albums, whether he was part of it or not! And he always thought that these bands couldn’t make albums without him.

BBP: Wow. It’s interesting that you bring him up, because I heard today he has a new single out. Something called “Screwdriver?”

Johnson: Yeah, “Screwdriver.” He has a big-assed orchestra now; he’s got bands with guys, he’s got all-girl bands. He was just here; he just played a few days here. But that’s how he is. Prince has not treated our version of the band with any respect since ’06, since he did the Super Bowl. He’s had a hair up his ass about these other bands who have been around him for over 30 years, I might add. And I just don’t understand why. On the other hand, my other people—I was in the Original 7ven with Terry and Jimmy and Jessie Johnson—and they always do this. Anytime a crisis comes, they run off, because they’re rich. They run off, and you don’t hear from them no more. And Jessie Johnson bailed on another project too. So you know I’m just tired of babysitting and bowing down to cats that I grew up with. Because I got talent too. So..

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Reply #43 posted 09/19/21 9:11pm

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Thanks for the article. That was a brutal and total honest interview
from Jellybean about Prince and his Time bandmates. thumbs up!
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