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Top 10 Favorite Prince B-Sides

It’s almost a mystery of the world as to the number of songs Prince has actually recorded. He’s officially or unofficially released at least 1,100. But then again that doesn’t include the hundreds of songs he’s written for other artists. His volume of music is abundant and equally diverse. And his B-Sides are no slackers.

  1. 17 Days (When Doves Cry 7″) – The B-Sides from the Purple Rain Era are probably my most cherished gems. This is no exception. Has elements of what was to become of the Parade album. Awesome monotone backup vox from Wendy and Lisa. There’s even a 10 min+ extended mix. Also highly recommended.
  2. Another Lonely Christmas (I Would Die For You 7″) – Definitely a stand out song for 1984. Very bluesy. The drums are incredible. Prince always new how to lay them down.
  3. God (Purple Rain 7″) – Almost a Capella. Basically Prince singing about God. The chorus is kinda bad. (“God made you. God made me.”) But the emotions and vibe are what propels this song, not the lyrics.
  4. Irresistible Bitch (Let’s Pretend We’re Married 7″) – Prince really was funky. Sounds like a P-Funk or Bootsy solo record song. Basically drums and vocals only. Some bass. Some bells. It’s the simple songs that do it in funk. The song was originally written and recorded two years prior (1981) and segued in to Feel You Up.
  5. She’s Always In My Hair (Raspberry Beret 7″) – Most famously covered by D’Angelo in the 90s. Clearly even in this B-Side you could tell Prince was changing. He was happier and less cynical and it showed in his writing. Sadly this never lasts too long.
  6. Scarlet Pussy (I Wish You Heaven 7″) – Yet another sex song. And a Camille tune which was Prince’s female alter-ego.
  7. Sex (Scandalous 7″) – Similar vein to Irresistible Bitch musically and lyrically to Scarlet Pussy. Mainly drums, vox and minimal synth.
  8. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (1999 7″) – A simple piano ballad which has always been a fan favorite to be played live. Alicia Keys covered this in 2001.
  9. Erotic City (Let’s Go Crazy 7″) – Now regarded as a funk/club classic. Features Sheila E. on backup vox. Again, drums, bass and minimal synth. Simple. Always gets it done.
  10. Shockadelica (If I Was Your Girlfriend 7″) – Another Camille cut. This song was written in response to Jesse Johnson’s (The Time) solo record. It was called “Shockadelica” – Prince commented to Jesse that a great album should have a great title track. Jesse didn’t think so. And then Prince did it instead. Classic.