Episode 88: Love or Money

On Episode 88 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Richard Cole (@RichardCole_NOW) from the Amari Purple Talk Podcast (AmariCommunications.com) joins me to chat about the “Kiss” B-side, “Love or Money.” The song is notable as it scores the fun shopping montage scene in Under the Cherry Moon as well as winning the 1986 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song (for a motion picture).

“What’s it gonna be now? If you wanna be with me now?”

Golden Razzies be damned, this “Kiss” B-side may not contain poetry like “all I’ve got is two cigarettes and this broken heart of mine,” but it’s a fun, lightweight montage jam. “Heart or Dollar Sign” was meant to soundtrack the shopping spree scene in Under the Cherry Moon. Nothing more, nothing less. However, it was also meant to incorporate Eric Leeds’ saxophone for the first time on a Prince song if you bought the “Kiss” single in the spring of ’86. Prince had included horns in his music before but relied on other horn players, such as Eddie M from Sheila E’s band. However, this was the first instance the listeners would hear of this long-running collaboration.

Richard and I talk about “Love or Money’s” placement in the film, its silly lyrics, and its fun vibe. I hope you enjoy the episode and check out an unreleased version of the song on my YouTube channel.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!

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