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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.

Prince’s Peach

There is this song by Prince called “Peach” – I had always thought this lyric went like so:

Hot pants get hotter cheeks – She’s a peach

But I just looked it up and was dissapointed to find out that the lyric is in fact:

Her hot pants can’t hide her cheeks – She’s a peach

Either/or – they are great lines.

I Am A Prince Addict

You know you are a Prince addict when you:

  • have a backup copy of Purple Rain on DVD (and VHS, if that still counts)
  • still have the postcard Devon sent you of Prince on the fridge (it’s been on 4 fridges thus far)
  • have a username at housequake.com
  • want to name your next cat, “Scarlet”
  • your most prized possession is the limited edition double album release of the Gold Experience on clear orange vinyl
  • threaten to have an all-Prince party one of these days (ok, I really only do that in my head)
  • have to refrain from replying to questions with, “Shut up already, DAMN!”
  • have over 12 gigs of Prince and related audio on your iPod
  • visit Minneapolis you try your hardest to visit First Avenue and look for the “Prince and the Revolution” star on the side
  • start thinking you were Prince in a past life
  • don’t think Chaos & Disorder was that bad
  • are speaking to someone who says something like “…when were at the roller rink in 1987.” You will immediately think to yourself, “Sign O’ The Times.” It’s purely a reflex action.
  • smile when you are in the used record stores and see John Prine
  • realize that IIWYG, ICNTTPOYM, IWBYL, SOTT, ATWIAD, & L4OA all mean something to you
  • mark June 7th as a holiday in your Palm Pilot
  • your Wife yells over, “YOU ARE KILLING ME, NO MORE PRINCE!”

I need help!