If our recent ‘Album Tales’ deep-dive into the creation of Prince’s Sign “O” The Times had you jonesing for more about His Royal Purpleness’s creations, here are the stories of five songs he wrote for female artists.
1. Prince sent Manic Monday to The Bangles for their consideration after catching one of their early live shows in LA. The song was a massive hit.
2. Sheena Easton’s Sugar Walls was penned by Prince (under his Alexander Nevermind nom de plume) and oo-er lyrics such as “Come spend the night inside my sugar walls” landed this song on the Parents Music Resource Center’s ‘Filthy Fifteen’ list (which Prince’s Darling Nikki topped, obvs).
3. I Feel For You first appeared on Prince’s self-titled album (1979) before Chaka Khan’s glow-up dropped in 1984, hitting #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Chaka’s version includes a Stevie Wonder harmonica riff and a serenading-rap intro courtesy of Melle Mel (of The Message fame).
4. Alicia Keys inducted Prince into 2004’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame after reinterpreting his song How Come You Don’t Call Me for her seven-times Platinum debut album Songs In A Minor (2001).
5. We all remember the confronting video featuring Sinead O’Connor staring down the barrel of the camera, crying (hell, even Miley Cyrus ripped it off!) and her version of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U was star-making.