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 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 on mainstream rock albums from bands such as AC/DC ("Back in Black"), Foreigner ("4"), and Def Leppard ("Pyromania"). … Continue reading The Cars – Heartbeat City (1984)

Prince – Parade (Music From the Motion Picture “Under the Cherry Moon”) (1986)

"Purple Rain" was a lightning in a bottle moment for Prince. #1 song. #1 album. #1 movie. All at the same time. Prince was also a lightning in a bottle talent so if anyone could do it, it would be him. Unfortunately, neither the film, "Under the Cherry Moon", nor the film's soundtrack, "Parade", would … Continue reading Prince – Parade (Music From the Motion Picture “Under the Cherry Moon”) (1986)

Prince – Around the World In A Day (1985)

"Around the World In A Day" was a major departure in sound from "Purple Rain". If this album is known for two things, that fact is one (the other is a certain song about a fruit colored clothing accessory). For anyone who wonders "why?" I will attempt to provide some context as to the timing … Continue reading Prince – Around the World In A Day (1985)

Prince – Purple Rain (1984)

Steps for musical success and worldwide domination according to Prince. Step 1: Learn to play guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, and drums among other instruments. Have an amazing singing voice with tremendous range. Step 2: Get signed to a major label while still a teenager and insist on maintaining the creative freedom to write and produce … Continue reading Prince – Purple Rain (1984)

Smashing Pumpkins – Adore (1998)

"It's you that I adore. You'll always be my whore." Billy Corgan, the lead singer, songwriter, guitarist and creative force behind the Smashing Pumpkins has always been a bit of a wild card. He is often labeled "insufferable" or "difficult" by bandmates, peers, and managers (Sharon Osbourne famously ended her 4 month tenure as Smashing … Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins – Adore (1998)

Prince – Dirty Mind (1980)

"Whenever I'm around you, baby. I get a dirty mind." On one of the first lines from the first track off Prince's third LP, "Dirty Mind", Prince finally comes clean. He has thoughts of doing dirty, nasty things to you and he's no longer using coy double entendres ("play in your river", "...feel my love … Continue reading Prince – Dirty Mind (1980)