Soft and Wet
"Soft and Wet" is a song performed by American musician Prince. It was his first solo single, released in June 7, 1978 on his 20th birthday, from his debut album, For You; the track contains bass guitar and synthesizers. The lyrics were cowritten by Chris Moon, the producer-songwriter-engineer who discovered Prince in Minneapolis; the song peaked at 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 1978, after two weeks on the chart. MC Hammer sampled "Soft and Wet" in "She's Soft and Wet," from the album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt'Em, while R&B singer N'dambi covered the song for her 2005 album A Weird Kind of Wonderful. In a scene from the 2000 film Unbreakable and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Robin Wright's character, mentions to her husband, that her favorite song is "Soft and Wet". In the Japanese manga series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8 JoJolion, Josuke Higashikata's stand "Soft & Wet" is named after the song. A. "Soft and Wet" – 3:01 B. "So Blue" – 4:26
1999 (Prince song)
"1999" is a song by American musician Prince, the title track from his 1982 album of the same name. In 1983, the song peaked at number 2 in Australia, it peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1982 but with its re-release, it peaked at number 12 in the US in July 1983, at number 25 in the UK in January 1983. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 215 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Following Prince's death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 41 moving up to number 27, making it the fourth separate time the song had entered the Hot 100 and the third different decade in which the song re-charted; as of April 30, 2016, it has sold 727,363 copies in the United States. The album version of the song starts with a slowed-down voice, reassuring the listener "Don't worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun." Prince shares lead vocals on the track with members of his band The Revolution, namely Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones.
Conceived to be a three-part harmony, it was decided to separate out the voices that started each verse. Some music critics have suggested Phil Collins' 1985 song "Sussudio" sounds similar to "1999". Collins confirmed this claim, remembers listening to "1999" while he was on tour with Genesis. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 215 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In January 1985, "1999" was released as a 12" single in the US with "Little Red Corvette" as the B-side, "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"/"D. M. S. R." in the UK. The single peaked at number 2 in its second week of release; the song was re-recorded at the end of 1998 with The New Power Generation, reusing portions of the original recording, was released the following year as 1999: The New Master. "1999" was re-released in the US in late 1998 to accompany the song's namesake year. It was released on 12" vinyl with the same track listing as the original 12" single: the album version, along with "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" and "D.
M. S. R." A CD single was issued with the same track listing, except the edit of "1999" was substituted for the album version. It was re-released again towards the end of its namesake year; the original version re-charted within the Top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 1998, becoming Prince's last top 40 hit before his death in 2016. The video, directed by Bruce Gowers, was shot during the last week of rehearsals for the 1999 Tour, it depicts his band during a live performance. Just in time to take his part after Lisa Coleman, Jill Jones and Dez Dickerson, Prince appears on the stage from above, gliding down on a fireman's pole, wearing a glittery purple long coat. Something went wrong with shooting Dez's lead vocal line and that footage was re-shot by a local camera crew the afternoon prior to the first show of the 1999 Tour in Chattanooga on November 11, 1982. 7""1999" "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"12" UK"1999" "D. M. S. R."12" Germany"1999" "Let's Pretend We're Married"12" Australia"1999" "Uptown" "Controversy" "Dirty Mind" "Sexuality"12" - 1985 re-release"1999" "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
"D. M. S. R." List of anti-war songs List of number-one dance singles of 1982 Nilsen, Per. The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince. Linghem: Uptown. ISBN 916315482X. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Automatic (Prince song)
"Automatic" is a song by American musician Prince from his 1982 album, 1999. It was released as a 7" single only in Australia, with "Something in the Water" as the B-side. Six minutes were edited from the album track for its single release. Lyrically, the song had bondage-inspired imagery and a promotional music video directed by Bruce Gowers, who directed the "1999" video as well as videos from Queen, Rod Stewart and John Mellencamp, was produced for the song, which features band mates Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones whipping Prince in a simulated S&M session, where he is tied to a bed; the video was not released through conventional outlets due to its risqué content in regard to the aforementioned masochistic whipping, but circulates amongst collectors. "Automatic" was first played during the 1999 Tour. It was a featured number during Prince's 1986 Parade tour; the song was part of a mini-1999 medley consisting of a short instrumental segment of "Lady Cab Driver", "Automatic", a brief "D. M. S. R.".
The song reappeared in 2002 at some aftershows in a medley with the Graffiti Bridge song "Shake!". Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Gotta Stop (Messin' About)
"Gotta Stop" was the follow-up single in the UK to support Prince's third album, Dirty Mind. The single was not an album track, though it was written at the same time, possessed a similar sound. "Gotta Stop Messin' About" marked the first time Prince released non-album tracks, which as B-sides, would become a prominent part of his career. The song is keyboard dominated, the lyrics speak of a woman who's "messin' about" with other men; the song contains familiar Prince themes of sexual frustration and sexual metaphors. The track consists of multiple repeats of the chorus, it was played live on the Dirty Mind Tour with an extended instrumental section at the end. "Gotta Stop" was released in the UK as two separate 7" singles, one with the Dirty Mind track "Uptown" as a B-side, the other with "I Wanna Be Your Lover", from Prince. Each single had an accompanying 12" single, both with the same tracks as the 7" and both including the song "Head", from Dirty Mind. Despite an extensive advertising campaign and promotion, coinciding with Prince's first UK gig, neither issue of the single charted.
The track would be released in the U. S. as the B-side of the 12" single for "Let's Work", become a sought-after collector's item. "Gotta Stop" was later released on The Hits/The B-Sides and Prince 4Ever
Strange Relationship (Prince song)
"Strange Relationship" is a song from American musician Prince's 1987 double album, Sign o' the Times. A live performance of the song was released as a digital single, made available on Prince's website on March 26, 2005. "Strange Relationship" has a long history. The song was first recorded by Prince in 1983, during a prolific period in Prince's recording career, but remained in his vault for several years; the song was reworked in 1985 with input by Wendy & Lisa, giving it an unusual Indian sound, was slated for the Dream Factory project in 1986. After the disbanding of The Revolution, the Dream Factory project was shelved, but Prince retained "Strange Relationship" and reworked it once again for his Camille album. Camille was canceled, but most of the tracks, including "Strange Relationship" were absorbed into a 3-LP opus called Crystal Ball, due for a late 1986 release. Warner Bros. Records forced Prince to trim the album from three to two LPs which became Sign “☮” the Times, "Strange Relationship" saw an official release.
The released version dropped most of the Eastern influence, placing the sitar and wood flute deep into the mix. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Dirty Mind (Prince song)
"Dirty Mind" is the follow-up single in the U. S. and title track to Prince's third album, released in 1980. The song is built around a keyboard riff created by Doctor Fink; the demo-like song lacks a chorus, is a stark departure of the smooth R&B sound of Prince's first two albums. The lyrics concern sexual thoughts, which are representative of the other songs from the album; the single's B-side is the ballad "When We're Dancing Close and Slow", from the previous year's Prince. "Dirty Mind" reached number sixty-five on the soul chart. Along with the tracks "Uptown" and "Head", "Dirty Mind" reached number five on the dance chart. "Dirty Mind" – 3:23 "When We're Dancing Close and Slow" – 5:18
Paisley Park (song)
"Paisley Park" is a 1985 song by Prince and The Revolution. It was the first single released in some international markets from their 1985 album, Around the World in a Day and so is the album's last single internationally. "Paisley Park" was recorded. Violin on the song was played by Novi Novog, Wendy & Lisa provide backing vocals; the rest of the song was performed by Prince. The song reached the Top 40 in all of the countries it was released in, it peaked within the Top 20 in both Ireland and the UK. The B-side of the single was "She's Always in My Hair", on the U. S. release of "Raspberry Beret". Many copies of the 12" single were mis-pressed, featuring four tracks instead of the three mentioned on the sleeve. 7" singleA. "Paisley Park" – 4:41 B. "She's Always in My Hair" – 3:2712" singleA1. "Paisley Park" – 4:41 A2. "She's Always in My Hair" – 3:27 B. "Paisley Park" – 6:53 In the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Paisley Park is the stand of Yasuho Hirose in JoJolion