Once again, we find ourselves addressing the passing of a music icon – someone whose oeuvre is so big it’s quite difficult to start somewhere. Prince was very prolific during his lifetime: apart from 39 albums and the many singles in between, whether as a solo act or with his many backing bands, he also wrote and produced songs for other artists, often doing so under a different name. “If you give away an idea, you still own that idea,” he once said. “In fact, giving it away strengthens it. Why do people feel they have to take credit for everything they do? Ego, that’s the only reason.” On this installment of the Inventory, we look at five songs in which Prince had a hand on – all but two under a pseudonym, all varied, all interesting.
“Almost Over You” by Sheena Easton | If you’re gonna attempt this song on karaoke, you should not try your best. You should be the best. [NB]
“9 to 5 (Morning Train)” by Sheena Easton | I don’t remember where or when I heard this song. It must be ages ago. Or not. See? Also, I only heard the first lines of the first verse of this song. I definitely heard this within a radio plug, but never the full song. And then, on one of those European stations again – okay, I’ll give it up, it’s Barcelona’s RAC 105 – this plays, and I go, “boom, so that was it.” I actually thought it was the Manhattan Transfer or something, but no, it’s Sheena Easton, and her biggest hit. Which I certainly never knew about, although I knew “Modern Girl”. Anyway, I’d enthuse again about how many hidden gems I find on these European stations, but instead I’ll talk about the music video. So old school.