All Other Music Is Temporarily Suspended #3

So having got one of the two big Prince songs where the cover version is better known than the original, we should probably do the other one next.

I think this is the only one that I would concede to liking more than the Prince version. That’s okay, we can say that, even with the horrible circumstances under which I’ve come to post it. He wrote it, after all, it’s still a Prince song. And anyway, it’s got Melle Mel and Stevie Wonder on it so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that it’s ace.


Chaka Khan – I Feel For You

That came out in 1984, which was the year that Prince went absolutely massive, with this and his “Purple Rain” movie being released, along with the amazing soundtrack and great singles from it too.

But not only that, another version of “I Feel For You” was released in the same year:


Rebbie Jackson – I Feel For You

But, strangely enough, neither version was the first cover of the song.

In 1982, The Pointer Sisters did a version on their “So Excited!” album:


The Pointer Sisters – I Feel For You

However, they missed a trick by failing to release it as a single, plumping instead for the title track, which itself didn’t become a hit until it was re-released on the back of the trio’s “Neutron Dance” inclusion on the soundtrack to “Beverley Hills Cop” in, you guessed it, 1984.

Judging by the sleeve, they spent the two years in between playing “Pull My Finger”.

But the cover versions of “I Feel For You” don’t stop there. This, from 2006:


Xantone Blacq – I Feel For You

and even more recently, from 2015, this:


Gavin Turek Feat. Caught A Ghost – I Feel For You

Gavin Turek is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Yes, I would have put money on it being the bloke in the background with the guitar, but there you have it.

By the way, as far as I can make out, that’s never had a formal release so there you go, don’t say I never give you anything.

But to conclude, here’s the original, from his second album:


Prince – I Feel for You

That’s yer lot. Count yourself lucky I couldn’t source a version of The Flying Pickets’ cover.

Oh, in case you were wondering, unless there’s any more shock celebrity deaths next week – a possibility we can’t really rule out, the way 2016 has gone so far. Has anyone checked to see how Bob Dylan is recently? – Friday Night Music Club will return from it’s hiatus next week.

More soon.

All Other Music Is Temporarily Suspended #2

I’ve decided that I’m not going to write a tribute to Prince here.

You know I love Prince. Anyone who loves music loves Prince. You love Prince or you wouldn’t be reading this now.

Nope, can’t face writing those sentences in the past tense just yet.

Moreover, any musician who says they haven’t been influenced or inspired by Prince is either a liar or not worth listening to, or both.

So, I thought rather than write about how terribly, terribly shocked and saddened I am about his sudden death (I am, but you know that, because you are too), I thought I’d demonstrate the breadth of his appeal, by posting covers of his songs by a wide range of his peers, along with his own version. So that’s what I’m going to do for the next few days.

And since we’re still all in shock, there seemed only one place to start:


Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U

Many would consider hers to be the definitive version. Personally, I prefer the version by the man himself:


Prince And The New Power Generation – Nothing Compares 2 U

Certainly, you would have to go some to top those versions. So quite why Stereophonics decided to bother is beyond me:


Stereophonics – Nothing Compares 2 You

Ok so, it was for charity. That’s no excuse. Next time, boys, just sit in a bath of baked beans or something.

Finally, the original version:


The Family – Nothing Compares 2 U

More soon.