High Speed Dub Review: Prince – Let’s Work Dance Remix 12″

On the surface, Prince's "Let's Work" is a fun, funky, upbeat dance song from his stylistically all-over-the-place 1981 album, Controversy. He leaves the politics, religion, and nuclear fears behind for this particular party track that happens to be buried in the middle of Controversy's Side B, sandwiched between two political tracks. Instead of all that … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Prince – Let’s Work Dance Remix 12″

Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

From day one, Prince exuded sexuality. There he was, shirtless, or possibly even nude (if you bought a dirty mind), for his album and record sleeve appearances on For You and Prince. Breathy, risque vocals and lyrics could be found on "Soft & Wet", "When We're Dancing Close & Slow" and "Sexy Dancer". These artistic … Continue reading Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

Sleater-Kinney: Albums Ranked

Sleater-Kinney circa 2015Left to right: Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein While I'm devastated to learn that Janet Weiss, the immensely talented and peerless drummer for Sleater-Kinney since 1996, has left the band due to what appear to be creative differences, I'm still holding out hope that S-K's new album and tour will be memorable … Continue reading Sleater-Kinney: Albums Ranked

Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 2

My cassette singles...no reason to get rid of them after 27 years. Continuing chronologically through my hip-hop cassette single rewind, I now find myself in 1992. At this time, I was almost exclusively purchasing hip-hop or R&B/Pop (e.g. Prince, Mary J. Blige) cassettes and CDs. I was listening to other music beyond these genres but … Continue reading Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 2

High Speed Dub Review: Mötley Crüe – Theatre of Pain (1985)

On my latest "High Speed Dub Review", I do a quick down and dirty look back at an album in my collection that had an impact on me in my youth. The intent isn't to go super in depth on each track, give a mini-biography on the artist or offer up a thesis on their … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Mötley Crüe – Theatre of Pain (1985)

The Would Be Teen Heartthrob…. All Of This And More

Little Princie Rogers Nelson. Is that Warner Brothers was hoping for when they signed the teenage wunderkind out of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1977? Were they hoping to capture the singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist lightning in a bottle that Motown had captured with Stevie Wonder a decade earlier? Possibly. Or possibly they were simply wanting to sign a super-talent … Continue reading The Would Be Teen Heartthrob…. All Of This And More

Prince’s Vault Material – 1977 to 1978

https://youtu.be/BpA4YWnQvgU Prince's vault is well known and immensely speculated about. We know there's lots of stuff in there we've never heard. We also have to accept there's lots of stuff in there we may never get to hear. Thankfully for us, but maybe less so for Prince while he was alive, vault leaks and bootlegs … Continue reading Prince’s Vault Material – 1977 to 1978