All Other Music is Temporarily Suspended #8

Okay, I know I said I was through with the Prince posts, but indulge me for a moment with just one more.

Many years ago, when we first met, long before I moved to London and we shared a flat, Hel and I got to talking about Prince. Her knowledge of the great man far outweighed mine; I had to profess that I pretty much knew his singles from When Doves Cry onwards but that, bar “Purple Rain” and “Sign O’The Times”, I was fairly ignorant as to the quality of his albums.

Shortly afterwards, a C90 cassette (yes, that’s how long ago it was) landed with me, full of Prince tracks, pointing me in the right direction, a guide which allowed me to go off and explore for myself.

The track in this post was included, and Hel was most insistent that if I listened to nothing else, I had to hear this one.

Fast forward a good few years. When the news broke of his sudden death last week, this was the first song that sprang to my mind, as my Twitter feed will attest: the title seemed to comment perfectly on his death, and the timing of it. If ever there was an appropriate month for him to leave us, it was April.

And then, after weeks of perfectly pleasant, slightly warmer weather than usual for this time of year (but let’s not get into the whole global warming thing right now), it seemed that the weather in certain parts of the UK thought it should be paying tribute to the great man too.

Suddenly, there were reports of incoming blizzards and snow storms, almost as if the weather knew what I was thinking, knew the record I had in mind, knew that Prince had died.

Which is ridiculous, of course.

But it would be remiss of me not to post this:

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Prince & The Revolution – Sometimes It Snows In April

More soon.

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All Other Music is Temporarily Suspended #7

Ok, last one of these, then we’ll get back to business as usual.

To round things off, a song which as far as I’m aware – and I’m sure one of you will correct me if I’m wrong – Prince never actually released himself. Yes, he recorded a version of it for Apollonia 6’s eponymous album, but it got bumped in favour of more fruity, dammit more Princey sounding songs like “Sex Shooter” and “Oo She She Wa Wa”. Perhaps now he’s gone, the Prince vaults will be opened and…jeez, can you imagine how much stuff is in there???

Despite him never having released his own version, there’s no denying Manic Monday is a bloody great pop record though. So, I offer this to you kindred spirits who perhaps hit that snooze button a couple of times more than you should on a Monday morning:

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The Bangles – Manic Monday

Oh, and links are now added to the last two posts. Fill yer boots.

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Sunday Morning Coming Down (All Other Music is Temporarily Suspended edition)

Morning all. As with last night’s Late Night Stargazing edition, video clip only til I get home when I’ll add an mp3 link for y’all.

I posted the original of this on The Day The Music Died, so I shan’t bang on too much about how great it is.

Here’s The Be Good Tanyas shuffling take on”When Doves Cry”. S’nice enough, I suppose. Again, posted more to illustrate the diversity of the musical acts that His Purpleness touched (metaphorically) than anything else. Oh, and the video isn’t really a video, if you know what I mean.

And now, here’s the mp3 link:

The Be Good Tanyas – When Doves Cry

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing (All Other Music is Temporarily Suspended edition)

It’s my Dad’s birthday this weekend, so I’m away at my folks for the weekend, which means no access to my library of tunes.

I’d planned to prepare all of the weekend’s posts before I left, but Windows decided it wanted to rob me of a couple of hours of my Friday night doing an upgrade (and could I spot the difference after it’d finished? What do you reckon..?) and so consequently I didn’t get everything done before I set off. So you’ll forgive me for posting a video clips for the next couple of posts. I’ll add mp3 links when I get home.

So, having focussed on others covering Prince recently, here’s Prince covering someone. Radiohead, specifically. I don’t usually like to post live stuff, as it’s often of variable quality. This, however, is, as you’d expect, just incredible:

And now, here’s the mp3 link:

Prince – Creep (Live at Coachella 2008)

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All Other Music is Temporarily Suspended #5

Here’s the next batch of Prince cover-oddities.

First up, Sufjan Stevens, who for reasons best known to himself, decided to release this on one of his “Silver & Gold” Christmas albums. Go Figure.

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Sufjan Stevens – Alphabet St.

And at the other end of the spectrum, originally released as an extra track on CD2 of their single “Come On”, which was lifted from their mostly acoustic “Stoned and Dethroned” album. But don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security; this is closer to how they sounded circa “Sidewalking”, in other words it is The Jesus & Mary Chain doing what The Jesus & Mary Chain do best: be noisy, sleazy and just a little bit glam, to a backdrop of a lot of feedback.

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The Jesus & Mary Chain – Alphabet Street

And finally, as has become traditional in this mini-series, the original and greatest version:

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Prince – Alphabet St.

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All Other Music is Temporarily Suspended #4

In case you’ve lost track of why I’m doing a weekend of Prince covers, it’s not just to mourn the passing of the Purple One, it’s also to show the diversity of the artistes that he inspired and influenced.

Hopefully, the next few posts demonstrate that point.

First up today, probably my favourite Prince song ever, first performed by all of the members of R.E.M., minus Michael Stipe, plus Warren Zevon:

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Hindu Love Gods – Raspberry Beret

And if that’s a little too sixth-form garage band for you, then how about a new country version:

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The Derailers – Raspberry Beret

I quite like that one, even if it is a bit The Mavericks “I Just Want To Dance The Night Away”.

But, of course, neither of them are a patch on the original:

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Prince & The Revolution – Raspberry Beret

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Xantone Blacq – I Feel For You

and even more recently, from 2015, this:

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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:

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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.