- People for whom Prince played every single instrument, wrote every single note (cleverly disguised with pseudonyms on the album credits) and sometimes even the lyrics. All they had to do was just add their vocals on top. For example: Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6.
- People for whom Prince composed and produced but they had their own input, including lyrics, co-writing credits and occasionally playing instruments. For example: Sheila E., New Power Generation and Ingrid Chavez.
- People for whom Prince sporadically contributed material but otherwise didn't do much. For example: Sheena Easton, Mavis Staples, Martika, and others.
- Actual bands with which Prince was involved. For example: Madhouse and 94 East.
- Formerly associated with him in some way but then broke away completely. Example: Wendy and Lisa, Dr. Fink, Brown Mark, Bobby Z., David Z., and so on.
- Stuff which fits into more than one category. For example: The Time and The Family. This will be duly noted.
Just added vocalsVanity 6
- Come on baby, drive me wildVanity 6, "Drive Me Wild"
Vanity 6 provides examples of:
- Call-and-Response Song: "If a Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up)".
- The Cameo: Prince himself plays the girl on the other end of the line in "If a Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up)". This was recorded well before he started speeding up his voice for female vocals and he already proved he could pull off a falsetto, so it's more like, "If a Guy Answers." In fact, Prince was trying to imitate Morris Day's voice.
- Prince also appears in the unreleased "Vibrator" as the shopkeep that sells Vanity batteries for her "body massager".
- Double Entendre: "Bite the Beat", which is more than likely about cunnilingus.
- Girl Group
- Good Bad Girl: All three members were boxed into a certain personality. Vanity became this by default.
- The Immodest Orgasm: The aforementioned "Vibrator".
- Intercourse with You + Bawdy Song: 75% of their catalogue is this.
- Insistent Terminology: In "Vibrator", Vanity insists the titular item is a "body massager". No-one she talks to is fooled by this pretense.
- Lad Ette: Brenda chose the role of the cigarette-smoking tough chick. Probably the best straw she could draw.
- New Wave / Power Pop: arguably "He's So Dull" and "Bite the Beat".
- Sampling: Prince later sampled the orgasm in "Vibrator" a few times for his band Madhouse, and for his own song "Orgasm" off the album Come. Vanity is credited as "she knows" for the latter.
- Sex Sells: Subverted, in that they didn't sell so well.
- Self-Titled Album
- Spoken Word in Music: "If a Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up)", which was mostly a rap song; and several other snippets throughout the album.
- from "Nasty Girl": "I don't like this groove. Try and give me somethin' I can croon to? Catch my drift?"from "Bite the Beat": ""That's right, there'll be no more wet dreams for Brenda. At least not tonight."
- Stage Names: Vanity.
- Unusual Euphemism: From "Wet Dream": "I know he could deliver a dam to the river anytime."
- I'm a sex shooter, shooting love in your directionI'm a sex shooter, come and play with my affectionApollonia 6, "Sex Shooter"
Apollonia 6 provides examples of:
- Girl Group
- Gratuitous Spanish: Since Apollonia could speak it fluently, Prince used it to full effect on "In a Spanish Villa".
- Hot for Student: "Happy Birthday Mr. Christian".
- The Immodest Orgasm: Brenda fires one off at the end of "Some Kind of Lover". She's whispers, "I'm embarrassed", directly afterward.
- Intercourse with You + Bawdy Song: 85% of their catalogue, easily.
- New Wave
- Piss-Take Rap: "Ooh She She Wa Wa". Actually, Apollonia 6 is pretty much a Piss Take Album.
- Self-Titled Album
- Spoken Word in Music: "In a Spanish Villa". Apollonia makes out with a man named Oliver in a Spanish villa for the duration of the song.
- "Ooh She She Wa Wa" opens with a lengthy spoken word section. "Some Kind of Lover" also includes some as well.
- Stage Names: Apollonia.
Jill Jones (later moved to no involvement)Who the hell is Jill Jones?Well, she was a backup singer for R&B star Teena Marie back at the start of The Eighties, and this is exactly how she met Prince during his 1980 Dirty Mind tour. She was quickly recruited as a backing singer for The Revolution itself, adding backing vocals to several songs on 1999 and appearing in the videos for "1999" and "Little Red Corvette". She had a bit part as a waitress in Purple Rain and a cameo in its shittier sequel Graffiti Bridge, in a scene where she takes off an undergarment to end a conflict with Prince. Squ- wait, WTF? Oh, wait, this is the guy who came up with the idea for Vanity 6. Nevermind.Prince repaid her contributions to 1999 by producing her solo album, Jill Jones, which was released in 1987. Once again, he did everything and wrote all the songs and Jones merely had to put vocals on top. However, this album gained actual positive reviews from critics, mainly because Jones actually had vocal talent and could sing, as opposed to the competent vocals of Vanity and Apollonia, or the pleasant-but-bland vocals of Sheila E. and The Family.After this, Jones did... well, nothing really. A second album got as far as the demo stage before being cancelled. She did tour with Chic in 1996 though. She finally emerged with a new, completely Prince-less pop-rock album in 2001.Discography:
- Jill Jones (1987)
- Two (2001)
- Living for the Weekend (2009)
Jill Jones provides examples of:
- Self-Titled Album
- Spelling Song: "G-Spot". Each line of the two and a half verses start with "_ is for ____", spelling out "FINALLY".
The Time (later moved to actual band and kinda embody no involvement)
- What time is it?!Morris Day's Catch Phrase.The real party's across the street, featurin' da greatest band in da world... MORRIS DAY AN'A TIME!!!
- Morris Day - vocals
- Jerome Benton - vocals, comic foil, percussion
- Jellybean Johnson - drums
- Jimmy Jam - keyboards
- Monte Moir - keyboards
- Terry Lewis - bass
- Jesse Johnson - guitar
- The Time (1981)
- What Time Is It? (1982)
- Ice Cream Castle (1984)
- Pandemonium (1990)
- Condensate (2011)
The Time provides examples of:
- Blatant Lies: Several early songs (notably "777-9311") include moments where Morris calls for band members by name, so that they can solo. In actuality, Prince played every note for them. Averted on 1990's "Jerk Out" and everything on "Pandemonium" past it: once Morris declares, "Cut 'em, Jesse", Jesse Johnson actually solos for himself. The version of "The Bird" heard on their album Ice Cream Castles is a live cut, and is also the only time the band is heard playing their own instruments.
- In an extension of this, The Time were credited with performing every note on Vanity 6's album, when it was actually all Prince again.
- From "Wild and Loose": "Don't worry baby, I can keep a secret for as long as snow is white / Hey Jesse, come here man, guess what I did last night?"
- Call-and-Response Song: A staple of their repetoire. Live performances transformed more of their catalogue into this type of song.
- Catch Phrase: "What time is it?", "Ain't nobody bad, like me", "Now I know that's right" and "Somebody bring me a mirror (so I can look at X)"note
- Chivalrous Pervert or Handsome Lech: Morris Day.
- Dance Sensation: Parodied with "The Walk". Played straight with "Jungle Love" and "The Bird".
- Early Installment Weirdness: Despite being The Casanova, Morris sang both a ballad about pining over a love that had moved on, and a new wave track about the end of high school, on the band's first album. These topics were never revisited.
- Epic Rocking: "Get It Up", "Cool", "The Stick", "Wild and Loose", "The Walk", "Ice Cream Castles", "The Bird", "Jerk Out", "Chocolate", "Skillet".
- Filler: "Dreamland" from Pandemonium is an extended dream sequence in which The Time reunite on stage. It is the first 2:30 on the album. The short skits "Yount" and "Pretty Little Women" also qualify, though "Yount" is actually kinda funny.
- Genre Savvy: In "Chili Sauce", Morris tells Jerome in an aside to prompt Morris to stop wooing on a girl by the number 17. He then fills the next 16 phrases (or loops of the backing track) with his bravado, stopping directly at the start of phrase 17. She falls for him.
- Intercourse with You: The lengthy jams on their first album, "Get It Up" and "The Stick."
- Large Ham: Morris Day.
- Self-Deprecation: The conversation in "Wild and Loose", as well as several moments in "Jerk Out".
- Self-Titled Album
- Stealth Parody: "After Hi School", "Onedayi'mgonnabesomebody" and "Gigolos Get Lonely Too".
- Something Completely Different: The heavy rock of "Skillet".
- Spoken Word in Music: Some of their songs eschew ending in favour of repeating the backing track and adding dialogue that may or may not be all that funny. The song "Chili Sauce" is five straight minutes of seductive dialogue, while "Wild and Loose" features two sets of dialogue at once: groupies who were happy to have met Morris in the left channel and the band in the right, culminating in Morris meeting the girls again in the center channel, unable to remember who they are.
- Title by Number: "777-9311" was named after Dez Dickerson's actual phone number (in-universe, the reporter in "Grace" lists it as her number.) Dickerson had to change it after receiving unwanted calls.
The Family (overlaps with actual band)
- But nothing compares to youThe Family, "Nothing Compares 2 U"
- Paul "St. Paul" Peterson - vocals, keyboards, bass
- Susannah Melvoin - vocals, keyboards
- Jerome Benton - vocals, comic foil, percussion
- Jellybean Johnson - drums
- Eric Leeds - saxophone, flute
The Family provides examples of:
- Deliberately Monochrome: Their covers and promo pictures.
- Instrumentals: Notable as the first associate band to feature them on an album.
- Self-Titled Album: Either Prince's associates had to have self titled albums as part of their contract, or he saves the good titles for himself.
- So please, don't step to the mic. In fact, please step away from it. Far, far away from it.i-Mockery's hilarious review of Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra provides examples of:
- Mood Whiplash: The entire album focuses on Carmen's hot body and "impressive" rhyming skills, until a news report on the Exxon Valdez oil spill is heard. The last song suddenly turns into an Earth awareness campaign.
- Piss-Take Rap: Ms. Electra herself raps for the full duration of the album. And it is awful.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Carmen's attempt at being street, especially when rapping about the Exxon Valdez spill.
- Product Placement: Prince used the second segue on this album to subtly advertise many other songs that he worked on, via pretending to dial through a radio: "Hit U in the Socket" by Rosie Gaines, "In a Word or 2" by Monie Love, "The Voice" by Mavis Staples, "Sexy M.F." by Prince and the New Power Generation, "With This Tear" by Celine Dion and "Goldnigga" by the New Power Generation. This serves absolutely no purpose in the context of the album.
- Sexophone: Painfully invoked on another segue, complete with crashing waves.
With their own inputSheila E. (overlaps with sporadic contributions)
- She wants to lead the glamorous lifeWithout love, it ain't muchSheila E., "The Glamorous Life"
- The Glamorous Life (1984)
- Romance 1600 (1985)
- Sheila E. (1987)
- Sex Cymbal (1991)
- Writes of Passage (2000)
- Heaven (2001)
Sheila E. provides examples of:
- Epic Rocking: "The Glamorous Life", "Oliver's House", "A Love Bizarre", all of which fall squarely into Ear Worm territory.
- Foil: She played this role in Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band concerts, especially during the solos where Ringo would comically fail to keep up with her.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Sex Cymbal, so bad it hurts.
- Piss-Take Rap: Averted - her Motor Mouth reading of Edward Lear's "The Table and the Chair" on "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" is actually good. (The liner notes credit it as "transmississippirap" since Prince recorded her doing it over the phone from, well, the other side of the Mississippi River.)
- Self-Titled Album: Interestingly, done for the third album.
- Spoken Word in Music: "Toy Box". It sounds like a normal funk song at first, and then right at the end Sheila blind-sides you with a long, shouty rant that makes you wonder who spiked her coffee and with what.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Dear Michaelangelo", "Toy Box", "Romance 1600" and "Bedtime Story" have a special ability to make you scratch your head and go "huh?".
- Word Salad Title: "Merci for the Speed of a Mad Clown in the Summer"... what?
- You Make Me Sic: Michelangelo, not Michaelangelo.note
Ingrid ChavezIngrid Chavez is Mexican-American and has been married to David Sylvian of the band Japan since 1992.Chavez is one of those fringe figures in Prince's entourage. That's probably because she ain't an actual singer, but a poet instead. Prince was impressed by her poetry and quickly recruited her into his ever-expanding harem-cum-musical empire, first letting her contribute vocals to Lovesexy. Around this time, she cultivated a mysterious appearance and was nicknamed "The Spirit Child". OK, sure, whatever, at least Prince didn't try to rename her to "Clitoris" or something like that.Chavez next played Prince's romantic interest in Graffiti Bridge. It was during the filming that she, Lenny Kravitz and Andre Betts co-wrote and recorded Madonna's famous hit "Justify My Love" - reportedly, Chavez came up with most of the lyrics and Kravitz thought sampling Public Enemy would be a nifty idea.note A solo album followed, May 19, 1992 (released, oddly enough, in 1991), which combined Chavez's spoken-word poetry with atmospheric backing music composed by Prince and was favourably reviewed, one critic comparing it to "an entire album of 'Justify My Love's".Chavez drifted out of Prince's
Ingrid Chavez provides examples of:
- Happily Married: Until her divorce from David Sylvian in the early 2000s.
- Spoken Word in Music: Her albums are essentially poems with a backing track. She sometimes employs a chorus that she does sing, however.
New Power Generation (overlaps with actual band)Here's another interesting case. In 1990, Prince started forming a new backing band for himself, after the Revolution imploded in 1986 and his newer, untitled backing band was starting to wear thin. He christened them the New Power Generation and their members are:
- Levi Seacer, Jr. - rhythm guitar (1991-1993)
- Kat Dyson - rhythm guitar (1996-1997)
- "Rev." Michael Scott - rhythm guitar (1997-2001, 2004, 2006)
- Sonny T. - bass (1991-1996)
- Rhonda Smith - bass (1996-2004)
- Tommy Barbarella - keyboards (1991-1996)
- Michael Bland - drums (1991-1996)
- Kirk Johnson - percussion, backing vocals, drums, drum machine programming (1993-2000)
- Tony M. - rapping (1991-1993)
- Mayte Garcia - backing vocals (1992-1996)
- Goldnigga (1993)
- Exodus (1995)
- Newpower Soul (1998)
- "The War" single (1998)
- "Peace" and "The Daisy Chain" singles (2001)
New Power Generation provides examples of:
- And You Were There: Invoked by Sonny in the closing minute of Exodus.
- Concept Album: Goldnigga loosely based itself around phone calls between members. For example, in one segue it's mentioned that "the record company" wants a song with a positive message, and another band member responds by saying he's got a new song to try out. Cue said song. Exodus goes into full blown concept with 12 of its 21 tracks containing Spoken Word in Music. On this album, the band show up at a nightclub only for them to be playing "ladies night" fare. After the band kicks out the DJ and plays their own music, the DJ gets back at the instigator Sonny by introducing him to two women who will poison him later via a bowl of soup. The soup makes him dream he and the band are in the future taking over a spaceship from a guy who wants to use his "endorphinmachine" to take over the world. Then Sonny wakes up.
- Epic Rocking: "Johnny" and "The Exodus Has Begun", amongst others.
- N-Word Privileges: Goldnigga.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Prince calling himself Tora Tora in order to sing lead vocals on Exodus. It didn't fool anyone.
- Revolving Door Band: The list above provides only half of the people who have been part of the NPG.
- Spoken Word in Music: Some on Goldnigga and tons on Exodus. The latter features additional skits unrelated to the shoestring plot in which Sonny watches television; the show he's watching is a skit within a skit by Prince and each one goes on for three minutes a piece (but are surprisingly funny.) Meanwhile, the single "The War" is 26 minutes of Fauxlosophic Narration.
Mayte GarciaMayte first joined Prince's
Mayte provides examples of:
- Cover Version: besides the aforementioned Prince cover, she covered "Brick House" by The Commodores (renamed to "House of Brick" for Prince knows what reason).
- The Muse: One of the less fruitful cases?
- The Cover Changes The Gender
TámarOne of the latest Princettes, Ashley Támar Davis sang backing vocals on Prince's album 3121 on the song "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed", and played a few live concerts in some small clubs.Prince co-wrote and co-produced (yes, you guessed it!) an album for her named Milk & Honey. It was set to be released in August 2006, but got delayed and later cancelled. A few promotional copies have surfaced after being sold in Japan, and one of its songs, "Kept Woman", was re-recorded and handed off to Bria Valente.
- Prince, describing Valente's album to the Los Angeles Times (clearly oblivious about his track record)
3RDEYEGiRLPrince's latest backing band, 3RDEYEGiRL is a three-piece rock and blues outfit. Not much is known about them presently, but they've proven in concerts and television appearances that they are a very solid and promising band. Prince placed the call to each member between 2010 and 2012, and created the band name himself – he didn't tell the girls the name, instead letting them find out when Jimmy Fallon called them by it during a live television appearance. Unfortunately, Prince being Prince, he had to screw them out of solo success by releasing his own album ART OFFICIAL AGE on the same day as their album.Personnel:Donna Grantis - guitarIda Nielsen - bassHannah Ford Welton - drumsDiscography:
- PLECTRUMELECTRUM (2014)
Sporadic contributions and one-offsMartika
- Something something something toy soldiers!Martika, "Toy Soldiers".
- Martika (1988)
- Martika's Kitchen (1991)
- Violince (2004)
- Oppera (2006)
Martika provides examples of:
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Martika tries to out-lame Sheila with Violince. Close, but no cigar.
- Self-Titled Album: This wasn't Prince's fault for once.
Mavis StaplesMuch like Martika, Mavis Staples had already had a career going before her association with Prince. And it wasn't too bad either, what with being famous for having a great voice, recording with her family as The Staple Singers and being a civil rights activist in The Sixties.Staples collaborated with Prince for a few years, contributing the song "Melody Cool" to the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack and having two solo albums, Time Waits For No One (1989) and The Voice, co-written and produced by him. And that's... kind of it actually.Discography:
- Mavis Staples (1969)
- Only for the Lonely (1970)
- A Piece of the Action (1977)
- Oh What a Feeling (1979
- Mavis Staples (1984)
- Don't Change Me Now (1988)
- Time Waits for No One (1989)
- The Voice (1993)
- Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson with Lucky Peterson (1996)
- Have a Little Faith (2004)
- We'll Never Turn Back (2007)
- My baby takes the morning trainHe works from 9 'til 5 and thenHe takes another home againTo find me waiting for himSheena Easton, "Morning Train (9 to 5)"
- Take My Time (1980)
- You Could Have Been with Me (1981)
- Madness, Money & Music (1982)
- Best Kept Secret (1983)
- A Private Heaven (1984)
- Todo Me Recuerda a Ti (1984) - Spanish language release
- Do You (1985)
- No Sound But a Heart (1987)
- The Lover in Me (1988)
- What Comes Naturally (1991)
- No Strings (1993)
- My Cherie (1995)
- Freedom (1997)
- Home (1999)
- Fabulous (2000)
Sheena Easton provides examples of:
- Moral Guardians: "Sugar Walls" is best known for being one of the songs listed on the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen" list.
MadonnaPrince wrote and produced "Love Song" on Madonna's album Like a Prayer. He also played the guitar solos on "Act of Contrition" and "Keep It Together".note Completely unrelated to this, former Revolution guitarist (and current one-half of Wendy & Lisa) Wendy Melvoin played guitar on the song "She's Not Me" from the album Hard Candy.
Kate BushPrince is a fan of Kate Bush, and met her during the 1990 Nude Tour, discussing a collaboration. Bush sent him the song "Why Should I Love You?", asking for backing vocals. When she received it back, Prince had not only sung but also added his own sizeable instrumental overdubs. This baffled Bush and her engineer Del Palmer, who then spent two years working on and off on it to try and "turn it back into a Kate Bush song". It eventually came out on 1993's The Red Shoes.note Bush also made a cameo appearance on Emancipation, singing backing vocals on "My Computer", but good luck hearing her at all on that song.
The BanglesPrince wrote their big hit "Manic Monday", for which he recycled the verse melody of "1999" (fun activity: when you hear "Manic Monday", sing the lyrics from "1999"). He also dated their frontwoman Susanna Hoffs for a while, and that was it.
Tevin CampbellCampbell contributed the song "Round and Round" to the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack and provided some additional vocals. Prince repaid him by writing and producing several songs on his 1993 album I'm Ready.
Candy DulferA Dutch smooth jazz saxophone player who has sporadically contributed to Prince's albums and has served as an on-and-off member of his backing bands. Prince contributed the song "Sunday Afternoon" to her album Sax-a-Go-Go.She's rather famous for the brutally, Incredibly Lame Puns that masquerade as her album titles, such as Saxuality, Sax-a-Go-Go and Candy Store. Also, she's the daughter of Dutch saxophonist Hans Dulfer, if that rings a bell with anybody....Anybody?*crickets*Yeah, thought so.
Elisa FiorilloA backing singer on the Batman, Graffiti Bridge and Diamonds and Pearls albums. Fiorillo had one album named I Am co-produced by Prince and Levi Seacer, Jr. in 1990.She also contributed a song to the soundtrack of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
Actual bandMazaratiMazarati were a funk/Minneapolis sound band formed by Prince and his bassist Brownmark, active between 1986-1989. Its members were:
- Casey Terry - vocals
- Jerome "Romeo" Cox - bass
- Craig "Screamer" Powell - guitar
- Tony Christian - guitar
- Mark Starr - keyboards
- Aaron Paul Keith - keyboards
- Kevin Patricks - drums (whenever it's not Mr. Linn LM-1...)
- Mazarati (1986)
- Mazarati 2 (1989)
Mazarati provides examples of:
- Rearrange the Song: "Kiss".
- Self-Titled Album
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: They're named after Prince's Maserati, obviously.
- Prince - everything
- Eric Leeds - saxophone, flute
- Levi Seacer, Jr. - bass
- Matt "Dr." Fink - keyboards
- Sheila E. - drums
- 8 (1987)
- 16 (1987)
Madhouse provides examples of:
- Fake Band: In the few concerts they performed opening for Prince, Madhouse's musicians heavily disguised themselves with baggy clothes and sunglasses.
- Sampling: The only vocals on both albums are either samples from The Godfather or samples of Vanity simulating an orgasm.
- Shout-Out: 16 is subtitled "New Directions in Garage Music", in reference to "Directions in Music by Miles Davis" from one of his most important releases, Bitches Brew.
94 EastThe first "real" band Prince ever played innote , 94 East was a funk band that existed between 1975-1979. It was formed by Pepe Willie, the husband of Prince's cousin, and included Willie, Prince and André Cymone. Their stuff is hard to find and very likely isn't even worth looking for in the first place anyway.Their recordings were predictably reissued a couple of times after Prince hit the big time, and the most common of these is the Minneapolis Genius album. This is technically Prince's first professional album, but he ignores its existence entirely, considering that he had no input into its recording.
94 East provide examples of:
- Canon Discontinuity: From Prince's oeuvre. He's personally made sure of it.
Broke away completelyWendy and Lisa
- Wendy?Yes, Lisa?Is the water warm enough?Yes, LisaShall we begin?Yes, LisaPrince and the Revolution, "Computer Blue"Take a ride on the honeymoon expressWendy and Lisa, "Honeymoon Express"
- Wendy and Lisa (1987)
- Fruit at the Botton (1989)
- Eroica (1990)
- Girl Bros. (1998)
- White Flags of Winter Chimneys (2008)
Wendy and Lisa provide examples of:
- '80s Hair: They had this back in... well, the eighties. See for yourself.
- Fading into the Next Song: On the self-titled debut, "Everything But You" and "Light".
- Grief Song: "Jonathan" deals with the death of Wendy's brother Jonathan after an overdose during a tour with The Smashing Pumpkins (the same incident resulted in Jimmy Chamberlain being fired from that band.) This topic was also explored in Sarah McLachlan's song "Angel", and Prince's own "The Love We Make" (judging by the hints left in the liner notes).
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Except for the "heterosexual" part, of course. For more info, here is a 2009 interview with Out magazine.
- Insistent Terminology: Their group name's either spelled "Wendy and Lisa" or "Wendy & Lisa". Nobody seems to agree on this, but the "&" seems to be the most widespread.
- Instrumentals: "White".
- In the Style of...: Given away right in the title of "Salt and Cherries (MC5)".
- Lighter and Softer: Fruit at the Bottom.
- Lyrical Dissonance: A common criticism of Fruit at the Bottom is that the dance beats clash badly with the lyrics.
- Almost Pop-Star Composer
- Power Ballad: "Stay", "Song About".
- Rearrange the Song: "This Is the Life" was rearranged for the Dangerous Minds soundtrack.
- Something Blues: Played with a bit in the title "Blues Away".
- Start My Own
Matt "Doctor" FinkMatt Fink was a member of The Revolution and the NPG, working with Prince between circa 1979-1991. He played keyboards and became known as "Dr. Fink" for always wearing surgical scrubs on stage. According to Fink, it was the only outlandish outfit that Prince felt looked good on him. According to somebody else, Fink initially wore a prison outfit but discovered during the joint Fire It Up tour in 1979 that one of Rick James' bandmates did that already, and "doctor's scrubs" was the first thing he could think of as a replacement.His first appearance on record was on "Head" from Dirty Mind, to which he contributed a noisy, atonal synthesizer solo.Fink is the longest-lasting original member of The Revolution, surviving the band's axing in 1986 and staying on until 1991, when he left along with last remaining Revolutionite Miko Weaver after the fractious Nude Tour.After he left the Prince camp, he built his own studio (named StarVu Studios), worked on some videogame soundtracks, created a sample library, put out a solo album named Ultrasound in 2001, and signed an exclusive management deal for Europe with the company Mozart & Friends. Presumably this will lead to his releases being actually distributed in Europe.
Dr. Fink provides examples of:
- Token White: Prince intentionally assembled the Revolution to be a multi-ethnic, multi-gender band like Sly And The Family Stone, and opted not to hire James Harris (later of The Time) because, while good, he did not contribute to the band's diversity. Fink was asked to audition instead and received the job, and while his talent and contribution to The Revolution is undeniable, the fact that he was a white keyboard player did represent a factor in him getting the job. He stopped being the Token White after Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Eric Leeds became members.
David Z.David "Z." Rivkin, brother of original Revolution drummer Bobby Z. and former member of Lipps Inc., does play instruments but is mostly famous for his work as Record Producer and engineer who pretty much helped codify the whole Minneapolis sound.After producing and engineering for Prince and his associates in The Eighties, he left the camp sometime around 1989. He's carried on working as a producer ever since, with credits including the Fine Young Cannibals (their second album The Raw and the Cooked), Billy Idol, Neneh Cherry, Terri Nunn, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and others.)