Monthly Archive for March, 2007

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Top 10 Favorite The Time Songs

Yet another of Prince’s many protégé bands. And no doubt, the most successful & funky. Virtually all of the demos that Prince wrote and performed that were given to The Time sounded verbatim with different voices added. Morris Day either mimicked Prince’s vocals immaculately or was forced to. Either way, it was a great equation. At the time of them bursting on the Minneapolis club scene Prince was not known to have been the force behind them. It only was a matter of time before the public caught on. Now it’s clear as day.

The best output of this group, after allegedly being disbanded because Prince deemed them “too successful”, was the future work of Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam as a production team. They went off to successfully produce artists like Janet Jackson, The Human League, Boys II Men & Usher. Jesse Johnson also had a decent career scoring a song on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack. Morris Day put out a few solo records but left no dent.

After you get past the nostalgia, there are some seriously heavy MPLS funk cuts from the Time’s catalog.

  1. 777-9311 (What Time Is It?) – Quite possibly the best use of the Linn Drum. It’s stellar. Also notable is the B-Side, Grace. This number was actually Dez Dickerson’s (Prince’s guitarist) real phone number. It was changed shortly after the song came out for obvious reasons. Who knows if Dez ever forgave Prince. Maybe that’s why he left Prince’s band no less than a year later.

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  2. Jungle Love (Ice Cream Castles) – I think people forget how amazing this record was. After the novelty wears off, you have a solid record oozing 80s dance & funk.
  3. Jerk Out (Pandemonium) – Virtually a Prince cut with Morris Day on vocals. Originally intended for Mazarati. In the Time version you can still hear the Mazarati background vocals. This song actually became a #1 hit on the R&B charts!
  4. Data Bank (Pandemonium) – See above. Also this song was an outtake for The Dream Factory. It was later re-recorded for the Time 3 years later in 1989.
  5. Tricky (B-Side to Ice Cream Castles) – From the same session, I believe, as Cloreen Bacon Skin. This song is allegedly about George Clinton becoming an overweight wash-up. Prince on bass, synth and vocals and Morris Day on drums. This must have come from a 2 hour jam session. It’s the sickness. “Shit! Oh! Somebody bring me a piece of chicken!”

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  6. The Bird (Ice Cream Castles) – Live from First Avenue. There is something special about this club.
  7. After High School (The Time) – A Dez Dickerson new wave gem. Sounds like a song that Elvis Costello could easily have covered or even written.
  8. Ice Cream Castles (Ice Cream Castles) – This sounds like a song that could have been given to Apollonia 6. The title was taken from a lyric by Joni Mitchell, a favorite of Prince’s.
  9. Nine Lives (Corporate World) – Corporate World was never released. I think this beat was used in every remix in the early 90s.
  10. Shake! (Graffiti Bridge Soundtrack) – Originally intended for the Corporate World record. A few of the cuts from that record moved to what became of Pandemonium. This cut was dropped moved to Prince’s soundtrack here. The chorus has a piano riff similar to Wooly Bully by Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs.

This Undeniable Force They Call The Pussy

There is nothing more than I hate when people whine. Ok, maybe people sighing. It’s ok if I whine, but when other people, or rather, when cats do it, it slowly eats away at my soul.

The irony is that I married the love of my life who happens to have 2 cats. Lucky me. And because Em is pregnant, I have taken over a lot of the pussy duties. I clean the litter and feed the cats now. I kinda had been doing this for a while, but it’s official now. This has equated to them sadly thinking I am their new care giver. Again, lucky me.

Now the problem comes in when they *think* they are hungry. Which seems to be every 32 seconds. If you are even in a 10 foot radius of the container that holds their food you get a “MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEROAR!!!” If you start walking down the stairs to get water or to turn on the heat. Either staircase, too. You’ll get a “MEEEEEEEEEEEOWWWWWW(ROAR!)” from Lulu- With an emphasis on the “ow.” And as of late when you get up from the couch in the living room, Mulligan assumes it’s time for her feeding and I am headed to the “feeding place” simply to feed her alleged empty stomach.

I’ve tried training them, but they can’t learn. Since the whining gets on my nerves so severely, I started squirting them with water when they start whining when I am in the “dead zone.” I gave that 7 days and it didn’t curb their appetite for whining. I added a table spoon or 6 of apple cider vinegar. It’s been about 14 days of that with no sign of let up. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I expect too much from pussies. I’ve sort of given up on the vinegar solution because in the end I have to touch Mulligan after I feed her because of her insulin shots and nothing is worse than vinegar hand.

Now I am writing this, declaring my frustrations with these animals. But at the same time I am trying to understand these foreign creatures. I’ve seriously tired to learn the way of the pussy. But I’ve come to the conclusion I will never understand these beings. And quite honestly, I don’t care.

But to prove to you their horrific yet soaring whining abilities, I recorded their whining today, just about 4 hours after they were fed this morning. Clearly they needed a feeding. (Lulu is mainly in the left channel and Mulligan in the right)

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And what’s cool is in reverse it sounds like a helpless crying baby. Coincidence?

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This Is Why I Live In The City

From an article titled, “Confessions of An Empty Nester” about empty nesters leaving the anonymous suburbs to the city, for a better life:

Now, we stand face-to-face with people in our building’s elevators, at our corner hangouts, and on the sidewalks. We chitchat and pet our neighbors’ dogs. We exchange “good mornings” with the people we pass everyday on our way to work. We’ve developed friendships with several proprietors and servers at our favorite restaurants.

I couldn’t agree with this article more. City life is for me, yo. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Thanks Brokekid.net for the link.