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Thread started 08/27/11 9:41am

WinterIsComing

How did Sinead O'Connor discover Nothing compares 2 U

Hello Orgers. I'm a relatively new member of the board and enjoy alot of the topics. I wanted to start my first one about Sinead o'connor and Prince. If this has been covered before, I apologize. I've always wondered how an obscure track from the family's debut album (which I purchased upon it's initial release) made it's way to sinead o'connor. Did the record company or her producer discover this album track? Was sinead a Prince fan who knew of many of his undiscovered gems? From reading the boards I know many of you have alot of information on matters such as this. We all know it became a huge hit for her, and Prince wasn't really happy about it at the time (I think?) Any info you have would be appreciated.

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Reply #1 posted 08/27/11 10:03am

FunkiestOne

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I doubt she found it. I vaguely remember the story that her producer is the one who brought it to her but can't remember for sure.

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Reply #2 posted 08/27/11 10:12am

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FunkiestOne said:

I doubt she found it. I vaguely remember the story that her producer is the one who brought it to her but can't remember for sure.

I remember her saying something like that in an interview also.

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Reply #3 posted 08/27/11 10:33am

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I think it was through Prince's former manager Steve Fargnoli, who managed Sinead after he'd finished working with Prince.

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Reply #4 posted 08/27/11 10:47am

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FunkDr said:

I think it was through Prince's former manager Steve Fargnoli, who managed Sinead after he'd finished working with Prince.

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Reply #5 posted 08/27/11 11:50am

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FunkDr said:

I think it was through Prince's former manager Steve Fargnoli, who managed Sinead after he'd finished working with Prince.

Yup.

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Reply #6 posted 08/27/11 12:20pm

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Sinead on Fargnoli

http://www.hotpress.com/a...25753.html

http://www.sinead-oconnor...ss-and-men

but it was actually her original manager, Fatchna O'Ceallaigh, not Steve Fargnoli, who first introduced her to the song:

http://www.members.tripod...wihq20.txt

"Los Angeles Times
May 13, 1990, Sunday, Home Edition

Robert Hillburn

"Ironically, it wasn't Fargnoli who introduced the singer to "Nothing Compares
2 U," the old Prince song that has become a smash hit single for her. She
learned the song, which first appeared on a 1985 album by the Prince-aligned
group the Family, from former manager, O'Ceallaigh."

(Edit - inable to fix link - quote from source inserted)

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Reply #7 posted 08/27/11 2:54pm

BlackAdder7

she heard it at the barber shop

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Reply #8 posted 08/27/11 3:40pm

WinterIsComing

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the info.

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Reply #9 posted 08/27/11 3:41pm

WinterIsComing

BlackAdder7 said:

she heard it at the barber shop

lol. that's a good one BA

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Reply #10 posted 08/27/11 5:22pm

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She was excellent, and changed an obscure ballad into a world pop classic.

Gotta love that weird girl for that. biggrin heart

Her passionate voice, so intimate,

a lot better arrangement too.

I wish Prince would do a studio version with passionate vocals just like Sinead did....

with a "soft" voice:

He could do it if he would, the live version with Rosie Gaines isn't good, it's actually rather awful.

Maybe he already has recorded a more intimate studio-version,

Will we ever hear what's hidden in Prince's vaults.... confused

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Reply #11 posted 08/27/11 5:42pm

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I prefer Prince and Rosie instead-Sinead's behaviors outweighed the popularity she brought to that song-the lady is crazy.
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Reply #12 posted 08/27/11 7:51pm

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she discovered prince when she went to the vatican

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Reply #13 posted 08/27/11 8:17pm

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nursev said:

I prefer Prince and Rosie instead-Sinead's behaviors outweighed the popularity she brought to that song-the lady is crazy.

What no love for the One night alone Live version??

That's a great version-although be it short.

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Reply #14 posted 08/28/11 5:53am

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thedance said:

She was excellent, and changed an obscure ballad into a world pop classic.

Gotta love that weird girl for that. biggrin heart

Her passionate voice, so intimate,

a lot better arrangement too.

I wish Prince would do a studio version with passionate vocals just like Sinead did....

with a "soft" voice:

He could do it if he would, the live version with Rosie Gaines isn't good, it's actually rather awful.

Maybe he already has recorded a more intimate studio-version,

Will we ever hear what's hidden in Prince's vaults.... confused

What? hahaha

Prince's vrsion with Rosie is epic,amazing performance,killer vocals.

Sinead version is ";Holywod" and tame

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Reply #15 posted 08/28/11 7:55am

Gohi

thebanishedone said:

thedance said:

She was excellent, and changed an obscure ballad into a world pop classic.

Gotta love that weird girl for that. biggrin heart

Her passionate voice, so intimate,

a lot better arrangement too.

I wish Prince would do a studio version with passionate vocals just like Sinead did....

with a "soft" voice:

He could do it if he would, the live version with Rosie Gaines isn't good, it's actually rather awful.

Maybe he already has recorded a more intimate studio-version,

Will we ever hear what's hidden in Prince's vaults.... confused

What? hahaha

Prince's vrsion with Rosie is epic,amazing performance,killer vocals.

Sinead version is ";Holywod" and tame

Prince's version is pure vegas cheese.

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Reply #16 posted 08/28/11 11:25am

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thedance said:

She was excellent, and changed an obscure ballad into a world pop classic.

Gotta love that weird girl for that. biggrin heart

Her passionate voice, so intimate,

a lot better arrangement too.

I wish Prince would do a studio version with passionate vocals just like Sinead did....

with a "soft" voice:

He could do it if he would, the live version with Rosie Gaines isn't good, it's actually rather awful.

Maybe he already has recorded a more intimate studio-version,

Will we ever hear what's hidden in Prince's vaults.... confused

Prince has never sang it with emotion, nor did The Family. The song would have become a hit for either of them if

1. They changed the arrangement

2. Actually gave emotion in that song

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Reply #17 posted 08/28/11 11:28am

SoulAlive

The Family's version of this song is a snoozefest.Sinead and her producers did a good job transforming this song.

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Reply #18 posted 08/28/11 11:34am

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SoulAlive said:

The Family's version of this song is a snoozefest.Sinead and her producers did a good job transforming this song.

It's a sentimental favorite for me, so I wouldn't call The Family's version a snoozefest, but I do know what you mean. The repetitious "ho-ho-ho-ho-ho hos" just spotlight some of the song's less stellar lyrics. Sinead polished that song up and made it really shine.

I hate when Prince does it. He schmaltzes it up like nobody's business.

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Reply #19 posted 08/28/11 12:41pm

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I prefer P singing it, I'm sure he prefers her version because it bought him a house so hes pleased.
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Reply #20 posted 08/28/11 1:02pm

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I always felt like Rosie Gains was put on the live version as a way of saying, here is a woman with a voice than can one up you. After P had the falling out with Sinead. At the end of the day I prefer Sinead's version out of all of them.

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Reply #21 posted 08/28/11 1:10pm

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^ I agree I think Sinead captured the raw emotion of the song best, although the live version is quite cool too, its not as moving.

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Reply #22 posted 08/28/11 1:28pm

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Prince´s Nude Tour version of that song is amazing....just him on the piano, no duet, no horns, just a killer performance. Beats ANY other version, IMO, including any other version that Prince did before or after.

My favorite version is the rendition he gave in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the River Plate Stadium.

Thanks for the links Langebleu...in hindsight, I realize more and more how important Steve Fargnoli was for Prince´s career. Too bad they ended up on bad terms.

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Reply #23 posted 08/28/11 3:56pm

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KoolEaze said:

Prince´s Nude Tour version of that song is amazing....just him on the piano, no duet, no horns, just a killer performance. Beats ANY other version, IMO, including any other version that Prince did before or after.

My favorite version is the rendition he gave in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the River Plate Stadium.

Thanks for the links Langebleu...in hindsight, I realize more and more how important Steve Fargnoli was for Prince´s career. Too bad they ended up on bad terms.

I love the version on One Nite Alone Live, the saxophone is amazing, And when he does the chorus I almost cry sometimes. The version with Rosie is probably his worst 90's song

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Reply #24 posted 08/28/11 5:09pm

WinterIsComing

Hey Everyone. It's cool to see all the different opinions on my first blog. Since a lot of people are saying which version they like best, I figured I'd weigh in. I heard the family's version first. In those days I had every prince associated artist albums ("the time, the family, brown Mark, wendy and lisa etc). In addition to supporting Prince, I really thought screams of passion was a jam. When I heard the album I also enjoyed"river runs dry and high fashion". Nothing compares 2 U didnt really do much for me. When I heard Sinead's version I remember thinking, is that that song from the Family. I have to admit I almost didnt recognize it. I really think Sinead and her producer did a great job of bringing emotion to the song. The original just didnt have it. While I enjoyed a couple of Prince's versions, I would have to say ultimately I like the Sinead version the best.

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Reply #25 posted 08/28/11 7:55pm

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thebanishedone said:

thedance said:

She was excellent, and changed an obscure ballad into a world pop classic.

Gotta love that weird girl for that. biggrin heart

Her passionate voice, so intimate,

a lot better arrangement too.

I wish Prince would do a studio version with passionate vocals just like Sinead did....

with a "soft" voice:

He could do it if he would, the live version with Rosie Gaines isn't good, it's actually rather awful.

Maybe he already has recorded a more intimate studio-version,

Will we ever hear what's hidden in Prince's vaults.... confused

What? hahaha

Prince's vrsion with Rosie is epic,amazing performance,killer vocals.

Sinead version is ";Holywod" and tame

yeahthat Well Said

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Reply #26 posted 08/28/11 8:06pm

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mzsadii said:

thebanishedone said:

What? hahaha

Prince's vrsion with Rosie is epic,amazing performance,killer vocals.

Sinead version is ";Holywod" and tame

yeahthat Well Said

cool

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Reply #27 posted 08/29/11 2:25am

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please explain what is holywod??

I am danish/ not english..... if it's Hollywood, then I still have no clue what you mean.

imo Sinead's version is the only really great version, I am never getting tired of that.

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Reply #28 posted 08/29/11 2:31am

jimino1

actually I prefer the original Family version.....that with River Run Dry are my favs in the 'sad song' department smile

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Reply #29 posted 08/29/11 7:51am

thebanishedone

thedance said:

please explain what is holywod??



I am danish/ not english..... if it's Hollywood, then I still have no clue what you mean.





imo Sinead's version is the only really great version, I am never getting tired of that.


hollywood-glittery,overproduced,sterile...
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