dance / music / sex / romance is fast approaching its third year, so to celebrate, we’re going…backwards? That’s right, to mark the 40th anniversary of Prince’s debut album, I thought now was the perfect time to go ahead with an idea I’ve been toying with for a while: our own sub-series of review podcasts looking at each of Prince’s albums in isolation.
I’m doing this for a few reasons. First, it’s a way to bring those of you who have been listening to the podcasts but not reading the blog into the loop on my chronological Prince project–and also a way for me to work through some of these albums before I can get to it with my glacially paced writing schedule.
Second, I’ve known from the beginning of this project that if I really wanted to do Prince’s catalogue justice, I would need to incorporate more voices and perspectives than just my own. We all have our biases and blind spots, and as a Prince fan I am acutely aware that one person’s sentimental favorite can be another’s unlistenable mess (and vice versa). That’s why I asked my friends Harold and KaNisa, both of whose encyclopaedic knowledge of Prince’s career dwarfs my own, to join me. I think you’ll find that our tastes and opinions both intersect and diverge in a lot of interesting ways, which allowed us–and hopefully, will allow you–to take a different perspective on some of these songs and the context in which they were created.
I hope you enjoy this new approach to an album that remains underappreciated in Prince’s catalogue. If you do, I hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast on your streaming app of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play), and if you’re so inclined, leave a review! No matter what, thanks for listening, and see you again soon.
00:01:10 The Prince Podcast
00:01:24 KaNisa’s Tumblr
00:04:50 Duane Tudahl on d / m / s / r
00:09:19 The New Prince Issue of Wax Poetics
00:14:46 “Shame” by Evelyn “Champagne” King (from Smooth Talk, 1977)
00:18:35 “The Closer I Get to You” by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (from Blue Lights in the Basement, 1977)
00:19:04 “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams (from You Light Up My Life, 1978)
00:21:06 “You and I” by Rick James and the Stone City Band (from Come Get It!)
00:22:54 Now This is More Like It
00:23:10 Getting There
00:24:37 Prince Meets His Public, 1978
00:32:12 “Just as Long as We’re Together” (1977 Recording)
00:48:47 “For You” (from For You)
00:56:10 “For You” (1976 Recording)
01:01:08 “In Love” (from For You)
01:12:40 “Soft and Wet” (from For You)
01:16:08 “Soft and Wet” (1976 Recording)
01:19:22 The Futurama Fry Squint
01:20:58 The Bonobo Statue that Scarred Zach for Life
01:30:00 “Crazy You” (from For You)
01:32:40 Zach’s Original Post on “Crazy You”
01:38:55 “Just as Long as We’re Together” (from For You)
01:47:27 “Jelly Jam” (1977 Recording)
01:52:25 “Baby” (from For You)
01:56:49 “School of Life” by Tommy Tate (1972 Single)
02:05:27 “Baby” (1977 Recording)
02:09:32 “My Love is Forever” (from For You)
02:20:20 “So Blue” (from For You)
02:34:03 “I’m Yours” (from For You)