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Lovesexy singles, Bsides & outtakes

2 make this cruel, cruel world hear what we got 2 say
Put the right Letters 2gether and make a better day

We gOt something 4 U that'll make U feel good

Why can't it last 4eVer?

Still Would Stand All TimE

Glam Slam - free yo' mind from this rat race

This thing we got - it's alive!
It Seems 2 transcend the physical

People Without...LovE

All they want is so eXposed in ways 2 gross 2 mention (Eew!)

I'm gonna tell U a bedtime story babY

Doubts of our conviction
Follow where we go

Maybe we'd all be better off, listen 2 the voice inside

Like a G (G flat) major with the E in the bass

All of His children come take a blissy ride


The water's so much better on the other side

Music Prince doesn't seem to revisit 4 some reason,

but 1 of my favorite eras, and not seen enough

Power & Love are the themes

outtakes created during the Lovesexy, went in2 many different directions

aborted Rave.. album, on2 Batman, rel & unrel

a lot of play on words and cryptic messages

the players

the New Power Band

Cat(dancer/vocals) 1987-1988

Dr Fink (keyboards/synth/vocals)

Boni Boyer (keyboards/vocals)

Mico Weaver (guitar/vocals)

Eric Leeds(sax/violin)

Prince -

Levi Seacer Jr(bass/vocals)

Sheila E. (drums/percussion/vocals)

Atlanta Bliss (trumpet)

A-Sides + Videos

Alphabet St / (This Is Not Music, This Is a Trip)

Glam Slam

I Wish U Heaven / Extended parts 1+2+3

B-Sides

Escape

Scarlett Pussy (extended)

1988 era outtakes

the Line

Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

People Without

Still Would Stand All Time

God Is Alive

Pink Cashmere

We Got the Power

Electric Chair

the Voice Inside

Love Life, L♥vesexy -- the feeling
u get when u fall in love, not with a girl or boy but with the
heavens above. L♥vesexy -- endorphin. Camille figured out
what 2 feel. Glam Slam Escape -- the Sexuality Real.
Tonight we make love with only words. Girls first. This
feeling's so good in every single way.

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

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What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
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Reply #1 posted 08/09/12 6:52am

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yes

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Reply #2 posted 08/09/12 7:16am

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Without going over to the site that will actually tell me for sure, I will say that I have always thought "Scarlett Pussy" sounded like a SOTT-era song. One of my favorites, the other being LLLHHH.

I'm just saying...
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Dogsinthetrees said:

Without going over to the site that will actually tell me for sure, I will say that I have always thought "Scarlett Pussy" sounded like a SOTT-era song. One of my favorites, the other being LLLHHH.

I said the same thing, it does't feel like Lovesexy, kinda feels like a La La La He He Hee twin

initial tracking took place in January, 1988 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA.

The song was initially planned for Sheila E.

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Put your love down


Talk 2 me lover, come and tell me what U taste
Didn't your mama tell U life is 2 good 2 waste?
Did she tell U L♥vesexy was the glam of them all?
U can hang, U can trip on it, U surely won't fall
No side effects, the feeling last 4ever
Straight up, it tastes good, it makes U feel clever
U kiss your enemies like U know U should
And then U jerk your body like a horny pony would
U jerk your body like a horny pony would
Now run and tell your mama about that!

Basic tracks were recorded on 30 December, 1987 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (the day before the 31 December, 1987 show where Prince and Miles Davis performed together for the first and only time). Cat's rap on the track was originally used in the unreleased song Bloody Mouth, recorded the previous month. - taken from princevault

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closing of Eye No, Opening of Alphabet St

Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Tell U what (Give it up, yeah!)

Man, are we on the guest list? (Guest list? What guest list?)
We on the guest list, right?

I don't see no 5 dollars U owe me
(Can't wait till I get my own, how 'bout U?)
OK (I got those 2 right here)
(Yo later, I'm goin back 2 the place)
They are back!
I'm gonna go 2 the bar (I'm goin' home)
I'm gonna have one of those sandwiches (Yes)

I can't take 'em 2 the club 2 date us

Sleep sandwich
That's right

I can't take but so much

The meat between 3 sheets

I know it was her

That's right

That's what I'm talkin' about

A peanut-butter sandwich

Her and her girlfriend
The one that was standin' right next 2 my woman (D)
Standin right next 2 my woman

Let us praise God with the fruit of the vine (E)

My name's Andre Crabtree III (Ooh-wee! Did U see that?)

Our innocent symbol of glory

I've got more holes than a golf course (That don't mean shit) (Taxi)

And thank Him 4 your blessings of the past week
(I got a white / blue car and…)
(Where's the car, dude?) (And a red)
(I said who parked the car?) (No!)
4 life and 4 Prince... (Funk it!)

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

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Reply #6 posted 08/09/12 9:16am

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Don't forget the incredible b-side to Alphabet St:

Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip)

that blew my mind when it was released!

and the awesome I Wish U Heaven Extended parts 1+2+3

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Reply #7 posted 08/09/12 9:45am

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somebody stole my programme when I fell asleep on the bus coming home from the concert in Wembley cry

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Lovesexy is fantastic.

yes music

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Reply #9 posted 08/09/12 10:26am

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I want to hear the remix of Lovesexy!!! bawl

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Alphabet St. is a very basic video which has Prince performing the song against a computer generated background of messages and letters floating around. The white Ford Thunderbird mentioned in the song (unlike the lyrics suggest actually a 1964 Thunderbird, previously owned by Prince's dad) is also featured. It is the first video to show the white custom Auerswald Model C guitar. And is famous for its hidden “Don’t buy The Black Album, I’m sorry” message. The decision to make a video was a spur of the moment thing, after Prince had a change of mind about not wanting do a video for the song. It was a snowy Sunday afternoon, when Prince called Alan Leeds that he wanted to do the video. Leeds searched all day and finally found local video producer Michael Barnard prepared to come and do the shoot. Sheila E. And Cat were also commissioned. Equipment was rented from a local cable tv company. The video shoot commenced at 7:00 PM and was shot using four cameras with 2/3" tubes, shooting on 3/4" U-matic cassettes.

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Alphabet St.
This is not music, this is a trip

Released April 23, 1988

"Alphabet St." was the first single from Prince's 1988 album, Lovesexy, and the album's only top 10 single, reaching the top-10 in both the UK and U.S.. The song includes a rap by Cat Glover and is full of samples, and generally repeats themes from Lovesexy. Within the context of the album Lovesexy (which only contained one track containing all the songs featured within the work), "Alphabet St." is meant to stand in contrast to the gospel of "I Know" which plays off of the Christian ethics describing Prince's personal belief in Christian concepts of Heaven, Hell, the Devil, and God; emphatically stating "No" to the previous stated praise (and laud of a preacher's voice in the background) and launching into the sensual, provocative lyrics of "Alphabet St."

I'm goin' down 2 Alphabet Street
I'm gonna crown the first girl that I meet
I'm gonna talk so sexy, she'll want me from my head 2 my feet

Yes she will

Yeah

Uh

I'm gonna drive my daddy's Thunderbird (My daddy's Thunderbird)
A white rad ride, '66 ('67) so glam - it's absurd
I'm gonna put her (bop, bop) in the back seat and drive her… 2 Tennessee

Tennessee
Drive her!

Excuse me, baby - I don't mean 2 be rude
I guess 2night I'm just not, I'm just not in the mood
So if U don't mind I would like 2... watch

Ow! Can I?

Ow! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Can I, can I, can I, can I, can I?

We're goin' down, down, down, if that's the only way
2 make this cruel, cruel world hear what we got 2 say
Put the right letters 2gether and make a better day (Yeah, yeah, yeah)


Better days
It's OK

Maybe it's the only way

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

(Put-put-put your…)

Cat, we need U 2 rap (No!)
Cat, we need U 2 rap
Don't give it 2 us slow
Cuz we know U know
New Power Soul
Gotta, gotta, gotta go! (N-N-No!)

Put your love down

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

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Reply #12 posted 08/09/12 3:37pm

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yes... this alternative version of lovesexy.. i need to hear it!!!

apparently, its got heavier guitar n drums...

dying to hear it!

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aintnot:  yeah, yEAH, YEAH

Riding in my Thunderbird on the freeway
I turned on my radio 2 hear some music play
I got a silly rapper talking silly shit instead
Sayin' the only good rapper is one that's dead on it
Uh, dead on it

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Pink Cashmere is a song by Prince, written for his then-girlfriend, Anna Fantastic (Anna Garcia), for her 18th birthday. The song references the actual gift he presented to her, a coat made of pink cashmere with a black mink collar and cuff, the name Anna Fantastic embroidered on the sleeve, and "89" on the back. The coat was valued at $15,000, being custom made by his personal staff designer.

Initial tracking took place on 9 June, 1988, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (three days after Electric Chair, on the same day as Times Squared (That was then known as Sticky Wicked, not to be confused by the Chaka Khan song of the same name, and Pickle, two days before an entirely different song named Sticky Wicked). Synths were later replaced by Clare Fischer's orchestration at Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Ooh, here I go again fallin' in love all over
Ooh, the cycle never ends, U just pray U don't get burned
Ooh, this fire inside of me, don't nobody realize
(Ooh) Ow, what U are 2 me, but baby U got 2 learn

CHORUS:
I'm makin' U a coat of pink cashmere
U got 2 know how I feel about ya, how I always want U near
I'm makin' U a coat of pink cashmere
I'm countin' every minute of every hour til U are here

Girl, can U understand I never used 2 go dancin'?
I... I was the kind of man who'd rather stay at home
Now when I think about how.. how much I miss U
I wanna jump 4 joy and thank Him I'm not alone (I am not alone)

Ooh, I'm makin' U a coat of pink cashmere
U got 2 know how I feel about U baby, how I always want U near
I'm makin' U a coat of pink cashmere (Pink cashmere)
I'm gonna count every minute of every hour until U are here
(Till U are here)

Here I go again fallin' in love all over
Oh, the cycle never ends (Cycle never endin')
U pray U don't get burned

(I'm makin' U a coat of pink cashmere)
I'm makin' U a coat.. cashmere, baby, cashmere
(U got 2 know how I feel about ya, how I always want U near)
U got 2 know, yeah baby, baby, baby, baby
(I'm makin' U a coat of pink cashmere)
How I feel about U, how I feel about U, oh
(I'm countin' every minute of every hour til U are here)

When I get my arms around U baby (Yeah) (CHORUS)
There's so many things I'm gonna do
I'm gonna hug U, I'm gonna kiss U
Like your, like your own guru
I'm gonna tell U a bedtime story baby
One U never heard before (Every minute, every hour)
I said one U never heard before (How I feel about U)
About a girl, about a boy (I'm makin' U a coat of pink cashmere)
And all their joy
All the things they show each other (Coat of pink cashmere {x3})
How 2 stay in love, how 2 stay so happy
Baby girl, so many things, so many things I'm gonna do
Can U come 2 that, can U get 2 that?
I'm gonna make... gonna... I'm gonna, gonna, gonna...
Gonna make a little pretty pink coat of cashmere

Cuz U got 2 know how I feel about U baby
How I feel about U baby
I'm gonna make a little pretty coat
I'm gonna count every second, every minute
Each and every hour of every day til U come on back
Come on back 2 your little man

I'm gonna make U a coat of cashmere baby

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

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What's the matter with your life
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Reply #15 posted 08/10/12 12:36pm

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terrible album.....1 of his worst

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wonderful album.....1 of his best

Prince 4Ever. heart
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Reply #17 posted 08/10/12 2:54pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Alphabet St.
This is not music, this is a trip

Released April 23, 1988

"Alphabet St." was the first single from Prince's 1988 album, Lovesexy, and the album's only top 10 single, reaching the top-10 in both the UK and U.S.. The song includes a rap by Cat Glover and is full of samples, and generally repeats themes from Lovesexy. Within the context of the album Lovesexy (which only contained one track containing all the songs featured within the work), "Alphabet St." is meant to stand in contrast to the gospel of "I Know" which plays off of the Christian ethics describing Prince's personal belief in Christian concepts of Heaven, Hell, the Devil, and God; emphatically stating "No" to the previous stated praise (and laud of a preacher's voice in the background) and launching into the sensual, provocative lyrics of "Alphabet St."

I'm goin' down 2 Alphabet Street
I'm gonna crown the first girl that I meet
I'm gonna talk so sexy, she'll want me from my head 2 my feet

Yes she will

Yeah

Uh

I'm gonna drive my daddy's Thunderbird (My daddy's Thunderbird)
A white rad ride, '66 ('67) so glam - it's absurd
I'm gonna put her (bop, bop) in the back seat and drive her… 2 Tennessee

Tennessee
Drive her!

Excuse me, baby - I don't mean 2 be rude
I guess 2night I'm just not, I'm just not in the mood
So if U don't mind I would like 2... watch

Ow! Can I?

Ow! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Can I, can I, can I, can I, can I?

We're goin' down, down, down, if that's the only way
2 make this cruel, cruel world hear what we got 2 say
Put the right letters 2gether and make a better day (Yeah, yeah, yeah)


Better days
It's OK

Maybe it's the only way

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

(Put-put-put your…)

Cat, we need U 2 rap (No!)
Cat, we need U 2 rap
Don't give it 2 us slow
Cuz we know U know
New Power Soul
Gotta, gotta, gotta go! (N-N-No!)

Put your love down

LOVESEXY IS A TRIP! headbang

I can never get enough of it! smile

The distorted guitar sounds and general feeling stands out among each and every album he has ever released. Nothing like it! smile

ESPECIALLY considering how fast he recorded this album, and it's a solo project for the most part! smile

Glam Slam remains one of my favorite single...Still one of my favorite songs..I judge this piece as a whole and it takes the cake as one of the most original and weird things he ever released! smile

AND Did I mention how inspirational it is? JUST FANTASTIC! It really keeps me raving unto a joy that is fantastic! smile

It's Button Therapy, Baby!
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Optimus2 said:

terrible album.....1 of his worst

the thread isn't actually about the album just the singles/videos & B sides

as individual songs what do you think?

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Good album. Pity that only 3 singles got released in the end. Prince's originally wanted to release lots of singles from it. Both "Eye No" and "Lovesexy" got as far as getting remixes and edits made for potential single releases.

In fact, "Lovesexy" got extremely close to being released before it was shelved. Prince decided at the last minute that he'd changed his mind about releasing Glam Slam as the second single and wanted to release Lovesexy instead. But at that stage WB had already pressed Glam Slam which was ready to ship. Plus promos had already been issued to radio stations. So both parties agreed to go with Glam Slam and release Lovesexy as the third single. The Lovesexy Single edit and 12" Remix were completed and the idea was to use Superfunkycalifragisexy from the shelved Black Album as the B-Side. But for some strange reason Prince didn't release Lovesexy as the third single afterall, and went with I Wish U Heaven instead (probably because Lovesexy was then too old for him and he'd just created the 12" Remix for I Wish U Heaven, so was more into releasing that instead).

As far as outtakes go, there's really only one outtake from Lovesexy: "The Line".

No other songs were ever recorded or intended to be used on the album. Though there was an earlier version of the title track recorded which used completely different music. Though Prince decided that it was too laid back and wasn't punchy enough, so recorded a new harder version which is the one that was used on the album.

[Edited 8/11/12 0:44am]

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Boris!

How are you? Note me. I have your next job, tailored especially for T.B.

love,

Spirit

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Reply #21 posted 08/11/12 6:39am

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Optimus2 said:

terrible album.....1 of his worst

the thread isn't actually about the album just the singles/videos & B sides

as individual songs what do you think?

I like Eye No and I Wish U Heaven......the rest I just find abit Trashy....dont really enjoy the sound of teh album its terribly dated......and not dated in a good way...yanno like sign of the times.....plus the music vids are just horrendous...and embarassing........but I supposes it was worth just 4 those 2 songs i mentioned earlier...and why has sum posted Pink Cashmere was that meant 2 be on teh album?

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Optimus2 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

the thread isn't actually about the album just the singles/videos & B sides

as individual songs what do you think?

I like Eye No and I Wish U Heaven......the rest I just find abit Trashy....dont really enjoy the sound of teh album its terribly dated......and not dated in a good way...yanno like sign of the times.....plus the music vids are just horrendous...and embarassing........but I supposes it was worth just 4 those 2 songs i mentioned earlier...and why has sum posted Pink Cashmere was that meant 2 be on teh album?

I thought the Glam Slam video was really good

hmm never looked the music as being 'dated' Is that what music sounded like in 1988?

its Singles Bsides and 1988 outtakes

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Good album. Pity that only 3 singles got released in the end. Prince's originally wanted to release lots of singles from it. Both "Eye No" and "Lovesexy" got as far as getting remixes and edits made for potential single releases.

In fact, "Lovesexy" got extremely close to being released before it was shelved. Prince decided at the last minute that he'd changed his mind about releasing Glam Slam as the second single and wanted to release Lovesexy instead. But at that stage WB had already pressed Glam Slam which was ready to ship. Plus promos had already been issued to radio stations. So both parties agreed to go with Glam Slam and release Lovesexy as the third single. The Lovesexy Single edit and 12" Remix were completed and the idea was to use Superfunkycalifragisexy from the shelved Black Album as the B-Side. But for some strange reason Prince didn't release Lovesexy as the third single afterall, and went with I Wish U Heaven instead (probably because Lovesexy was then too old for him and he'd just created the 12" Remix for I Wish U Heaven, so was more into releasing that instead).

As far as outtakes go, there's really only one outtake from Lovesexy: "The Line".

No other songs were ever recorded or intended to be used on the album. Though there was an earlier version of the title track recorded which used completely different music. Though Prince decided that it was too laid back and wasn't punchy enough, so recorded a new harder version which is the one that was used on the album.

[Edited 8/11/12 0:44am]

cool, I thought the Line might have been the only official outtake

the other I just included as 1988 outtakes especially since many had the new theme vibe of Lovesexy and for the followup Rave album,

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Reply #24 posted 08/11/12 10:26am

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is that lovesexy remix in anyones "hands"???

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Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip)

This is not music
This is not music, this is a trip {x2} (This is a trip)
No, it's not a drug, it's something more hip
This is not music, this is a trip (This is not music)
This is not music, this is a trip {x2} (This is a trip)
No, it's not a drug, it's something more hip
This is not music, this is a trip (This is not a drug)
This is not music, this is a trip (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
This is not a drug (This is not a drug) (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
This is not music, this is a trip {repeat and fade-out}
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

(Bop, bop)

(Yeah, yeah, yeah) {x3}

(Yeah) {repeat}
(Ooh)

(Yeah, yeah, yeah) {x6}

Put your love down, baby, when your money get shot

Yeah yeah
Put your love down
Put your love down, baby, when your money get shot
(Put-put-put your...) {x2}
No!
Put your...

(N-N-No!)

Put your love down
Put your l... {x2}
Put your love down
Put...

Put your love down, baby, when your money get shot
No!
Put your love down, baby, when your money get shot {x3}
Put your...
Put your love down, baby

(Yeah, yeah)

No! {x2}
(Fresh) {6:05 mark}

(Yeah, yeah)

{speaking through guitar}

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#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
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In the video, there are two hidden messages. The first appears after the end of the first verse ("She'll want me from my head to my feet"), there is a split second image with the hidden message "Don't buy The Black Album, I'm sorry." The second one is after Prince drives the Thunderbird; the message says "H is 4 Punks". The video features Prince wearing trousers with his name on them, and wearing multicolored eyeshadow.

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Then Prince dropped another bombshell: He didn't want to shoot any videos for the album. He boldly claimed to Warners' incredulous marketing team that the absence of a video would distinguish him from other pop stars, as well as create a sense of mystery about the album. No one accepted the argument, but the label couldn't force an artist of his stature to go in front of a camera. There would be no videos.

Chapter 10: Black

March 20, 1988: Alan Leeds' residence, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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Possessed: the Rise & Fall of Prince

Alan Leeds was among those beginning to harbor doubts about the direction of Prince's career. After working for many years with James Brown, Leeds accepted inconsistent behavior, arbitrary demands, and frequent bouts of hubris as part and parcel of a brilliant artist's character. And yet, Prince's actions were in some respects even more erratic and unpredictable than Brown's.

On a gray late-winter day, as a snowstorm gained force and began coating the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie, Leeds was happy to have a day off from the hectic and exhausting routine of catering to Prince's every whim. It was warm inside, an NFL game was on, and Leeds was home with his family.

Then the phone rang.

As always, there were no pleasantries, no introductions. "I want to shoot a video," Prince said in a quiet, clipped voice. Leeds had to press to find out exactly what this meant. Did he want to make a clip for Alphabet Street, after all? Prince said yes, and Leeds asked if he had spoken to Fargnoli about this. No, Prince responded, he wanted to shoot without meddling from the managers or Warner Bros. They would just screw things up. Leeds cautioned that this meant the budget for the video would come out of Prince's pocket-didn't it make more sense to contact Warners, which would readily approve financing for the video?

No, Prince said. He wanted to do it on his own.

"Ok, when?" Leeds asked.

"Today."

Incredulous, Leeds did everything he could to dissuade Prince from making the video. It was mid-afternoon on a stormy Sunday. No respectable team of filmmakers could be assembled, particularly in Minneapolis where, as Leeds reminded Prince, there was not a film crew on every block as in Los Angeles. Even if a crew agreed to do the shoot, it was unlikely that adequate equipment could be rented and that everyone would make it through the snow to the set. How could this possibly be pulled off?

"Sounds to me like that's your problem, not mine," Prince retorted.

Leeds realized that, at the very least, he would have to placate Prince by placing some phone calls. Although the local community was not large, Leeds knew several skilled directors. Predictably, they refused the assignment. Working through his Rolodex, Leeds called filmmakers whom he considered B-List, and began to worry that even if someone agreed to take the job, the end result wouldn't be worth the time, effort, or money. As Leeds waited for callbacks, Prince continued to hector him by phone, "When are we shooting?" he asked repeatedly, undeterred by Leeds' warnings that no top-flight filmmakers were available. Prince told him to keep trying.


Frustrated that a rare day off was being spoiled, Leeds continued his efforts and finally found a director, Michael Barnard, who was eager for the assignment. But the question remained: Could Barnard locate a facility and equipment? The afternoon dragged into evening, and the snow kept falling. Prince kept barraging Leeds with phone calls. Finally, Barnard called: The shoot was a go. He had located a facility owned by a cable television company, as well as a truck full of basic equipment typically used to cover city council meetings for local access channels. Leeds, not surprised that matters had come to this, called Prince and told him the shoot was on.

By eleven p.m., with most of the city under snow, film was rolling. Prince had rounded up Sheila E and Cat Glover to participate. The video was shot against a blue screen, with the result that the footage looked startlingly amateurish and homemade. During the post-production process, Prince had Barnard jazz up the video by having various textual phrases dart across the screen, including "Don't buy The Black Album, I'm sorry," and "Ecstasy."

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People Without is an unreleased song played live by Prince in 1988 during two one-off shows. Its first known appearance is in the 19 August, 1988 (am): Paard van Troje, The Hague, The Netherlands performance. Prince wrote the seemingly improvisational lyrics to the song in his hotel room prior to the show. The words 'people without' are repeated throughout and Prince then cites various things about people without [spirituality]. After its first time the song is only known to have been performed one other time, a few days later in another one-off show.It is not known, but unlikely a studio recording of this song was ever made.

piano version on Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg : 31st August 1988

People Without ________

People Without ________

People Without ________

People Without ________

People Without ________

People Without ________

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