Prince – Batman (1989)

“Hi, Prince? It’s Warner Brothers. You know, the record company that signed you as an unproven teenage musician over ten years ago? The record company that pulled your already pressed record from distribution channels last year when you decided it was evil? The record company that really needs a commercial success from you after your … Continue reading Prince – Batman (1989)

Prince – Lovesexy (1988)

Prince's Lovesexy, also known as "the album where Prince is naked on the cover", certainly came about quickly. Primarily recorded in a two month burst from December 1987 and January 1988, Lovesexy was the response to Prince's "spooky electric" period in late 1987. There's been speculation about what caused this period of darkness and despair but … Continue reading Prince – Lovesexy (1988)

Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)

Five years is a long, long time in the music industry. Today, it’s not completely unusual for artists and bands to go five years or more between album cycles with all the promotion and extensive worldwide touring that corresponds to most major label releases. In the 1980s, however, five years was long enough to be … Continue reading Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)

Prince – Sign O’ the Times (1987)

Prince was at a crossroads during the creation of what would ultimately end up as "Sign O' the Times". By mid-1986, the "Under the Cherry Moon" film and its soundtrack, "Parade", were ancient history (in his mind). In typical Prince fashion, he was already moving on to his next project or projects as it would … Continue reading Prince – Sign O’ the Times (1987)

The Cars – Heartbeat City (1984)

"Hello! Hello again!" The immediately recognizable images of female beauty by Peter Phillips are back after taking a couple albums off. The Cars were four successful albums into their career by the time they entered the studio with producer John "Mutt" Lange in 1983. At the time, Lange was mostly known for his production work … Continue reading The Cars – Heartbeat City (1984)