On episode 150 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Arthur Turnbull from The Music Snobs Podcast returns to the show to chat about another of Prince’s 1981 vault recordings, “Strange Way.” We dig into the context around the songwriting and who he had in mind when writing the lyrics.
A short and quirky (like its creator) bubblegum new wave synth-pop ditty with a demo feel to it, but in the best way possible. With a bit more polish, another verse, and a bridge, this could have been a banging Vanity 6 track without a doubt in my mind. Instead, it’s essentially an apology song written for new band member Lisa Coleman after a tense conversation about where she would live after completing the Dirty Mind tour. Prince has a strange way of saying he’s sorry, but I would also argue that writing a song for someone to apologize is almost worth the transgression.
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!