The girl-group Vanity 6 and the jazz project Madhouse were just some of the ways that Prince indulged his hunger for creating new sounds. We’ve gathered five of his 80s side gigs worth hearing.
In this Q&A, Twin Cities native Cory Wong admits that he cut his teeth on Prince’s music and then discusses how he’s continuing that funky-sexy tradition with the new album “The Optimist.”
Squeeze, Crowded House, Electric Light Orchestra, Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick all made one list. Guess what showed up on the other one?
Prince’s insatiable desire to write and record new music didn’t end after his 80s heyday. “…it seemed like hardly a year went by without a triple-album or two, from the ‘90s right up until his sudden death in 2016.” “Pheromone,” “Shy” and “Mr. Goodnight” are tracks well worth discovering.
“With You,” “Dirty Mind” and “Condition of the Heart” show even more sides of The Purple One than the radio or even MTV ever did.