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New Power music of 1989ish period

Prince had a lot of music coming out of Paisley Park in this period. In so many directions.
I did notice, a lot of it sounded alike. The beats and the sounds weren't as diverse. And not much 'melody'.
That's something Sheila E said she noticed during the 88-89 period that a lot of the music didn't have melodies like before.

I think if there was some heavy follow through, it still could have been an interesting period with 'proteges' and a movie attachment.

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Sheila E

Margie Cox

Anna Fantastic

Robin Power and the Uptown Dames
Elisa Fiorillo
Sheena Easton

Kahoru Kohiruimaki

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I've put together a playist of songs from the list above,

including a few the Time piece, Brown Mark, Jill Jones, Are You My Baby(W&L)-just because and Madonna

It paints an interesting background/behind the scenes picture



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Reply #1 posted 02/04/21 12:56pm

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PAISLEY PARK

FUSCIA LIGHT
GIRL POWER
GIRL POWER (instrumental)
SOUL COMPANY

STICKY WICKED
SHALL WE DANCE

Are You My Baby?
LoVe 89
MY SUMMERTIME THANG
THEIVES IN THE TEMPLE (Remix)
Act of Contrition

18 (R U LEGAL YET?)
BLISS
BED OF ROSES

BIG HOUSE

YO MISTER

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Reply #2 posted 02/04/21 3:04pm

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I agree 1988-1989 Prince at his leaat melodic
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Reply #3 posted 02/05/21 5:57pm

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Still some bangers in this era tho. Cool Love, Love '89, Flesh and Blood, etc.
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LoveGalore said:

Still some bangers in this era tho. Cool Love, Love '89, Flesh and Blood, etc.

Oh definately. Like I said, I'm really enjoying a lot of these songs from the post Lovesexy 88 89 period

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Can you describe more of what you mean by "less melodic"? I've seen the quote before but I don't really understand it in relation to his previous music. Always just felt like sour grapes from Sheila.

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Reply #6 posted 02/06/21 11:15am

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billymeade said:

Can you describe more of what you mean by "less melodic"? I've seen the quote before but I don't really understand it in relation to his previous music. Always just felt like sour grapes from Sheila.



Pretty sure she meant there weren't as many strong hooks.loke Raspberry Beret, Pop Life, Take Me With U, Kiss type strong hooks.
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Reply #7 posted 02/06/21 11:19am

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LoveGalore said:

billymeade said:

Can you describe more of what you mean by "less melodic"? I've seen the quote before but I don't really understand it in relation to his previous music. Always just felt like sour grapes from Sheila.

Pretty sure she meant there weren't as many strong hooks.loke Raspberry Beret, Pop Life, Take Me With U, Kiss type strong hooks.

an arrangement of different notes in structured patterns on lead instruments, bassline, and lead vocal.

As opposed to repreating the same single note, or repetitious short note phrases like a mantra (very popular today) and emphasizing the beat.

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Reply #8 posted 02/06/21 2:54pm

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ufoclub said:



LoveGalore said:


billymeade said:

Can you describe more of what you mean by "less melodic"? I've seen the quote before but I don't really understand it in relation to his previous music. Always just felt like sour grapes from Sheila.



Pretty sure she meant there weren't as many strong hooks.loke Raspberry Beret, Pop Life, Take Me With U, Kiss type strong hooks.


an arrangement of different notes in structured patterns on lead instruments, bassline, and lead vocal.



As opposed to repreating the same single note, or repetitious short note phrases like a mantra (very popular today) and emphasizing the beat.


Perfect answer. smile . 88 89 era have strong melodic hooks on instruments but there is no melody in the vocals .i think Prince was chasing a new ground .a new experimental phase of his career where the melodic content is carried within song arrangement and not the voice like it usualy is
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BIG HOUSE

When I was a little bitty baby
Tell U what my mama used to say
All the little babies who loved Him
Pray to God each day

I hope that God is in the Big House
'Cause I'm taking all my friends with me
One day we going to party in glory
One day we're gonna all be free

I used to pray for candy
And the single of my favorite band
Now that I'm older
So much bolder
I just wanna shake his hand
Aaaaaa ooh!

I hope that God is in the Big House
Because Im taking all my friends with me
One day we going to party in glory
One day we're gonna all be free
Free!

Big House

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It was included on a 27 October 1988 configuration of the Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic album, which was later abandoned. -Prince Vault

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billymeade said:

Can you describe more of what you mean by "less melodic"? I've seen the quote before but I don't really understand it in relation to his previous music. Always just felt like sour grapes from Sheila.



Love 89 for example. Theres things happening but not a melody and chorus to ride on...Love 89 which is built off of The Line is an odd one as well because The Line itself is a much more melodic and interesting track.

Lemon Crush, Batdance, The Future are more musical experiences than melodic tracks and funk workouts. He was more so having fun in the studio with new equipment in my opinion rather than pleasing the crowd.

However, he will have a brief period of righteousness with "Get Blue" for example. A sexy and seductive slow jam he eventually gave to Louie...and "Allegiance" given to Howard Hewitt, and "If Eye Love U 2Nite" to Mica. Not sure why he chose to give those away when they are clearly gems and would have worked on any album.

This issue is probably why he chose to put out unreleased songs on Grafitti Bridge. I think he was overworked and needed a break.
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Reply #12 posted 02/15/21 1:21pm

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I think maybe he had his eye (and ear) on New Jack Swing which was blowing up at the time and trying to develop his own verson of that. New Jack Swing isn't super melodic and puts the focus squarely on rhythm.

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FUSCHIA LIGHT

Get it
Get it

Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I'ma get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I'ma get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it

So here we r n the same position
U've had ur turn, now U want mine n addition
U r my dear, my goddess so bad
4 U something fun, something new

Over ur shoulder and over my head
Pretty fuchsia light shines n our bed
It makes me touch U better than I normally would
It makes me touch U more and that makes it good

Fuchsia light (ooh), I'ma get it, I'ma get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light (oh), I'ma get it, I wanna get it, yeah
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it

(Ooh girl) When I say I love U and that I'll always b here
Cuz when our pretty fuchsia light appears
It stands 4 the symbol of monogamy and trust
It stands 4 love, it stands 4 lust
Maybe 1 day parties will b of 1 mind
But until then I'll pretend this fuchsia light is dark

Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I'ma get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it

Over ur shoulder and over my head
Pretty fuchsia light shines n our bed
It makes me touch U better than I normally would
It makes me touch U more and that makes it good

Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I'ma get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it

U can starve 2 hearts if preserved from 2 hearts of stone
(Fuchsia) No other light of fuchsia (light) is 2 ever walk alone

Fuchsia light, I'ma get it
Fuchsia light, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light (oh), I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it, I wanna get it
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it (yeah), I wanna get it

Over ur shoulder and over my head (Fuchsia light, I'ma get it)
Pretty fuchsia light shines n our bed (Fuchsia, fuchsia)
It makes me touch U better than I normally would (All 2gether)
It makes me touch U more and that makes it good

Fuchsia light, I'ma get it (fuchsia), I wanna get it
Fuchsia light (oh), I'ma get it, I wanna get it (Right now)
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it (yeah), I wanna get it (Oh yeah)
Fuchsia light, I'ma get it (so funky), I wanna get it (Ooh)

Unreleased track recorded on April 15, 1988 for possible use on Tony LeMans' Paisley Park album (1989). Written by Prince.


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