On this Six-Pack episode Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast, and Jeff Harris of Behind The Grooves rejoin Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to celebrate the life of Denise Matthews, known to the world as Vanity. From her early days working with Prince on his Vanity 6 side project, through their breakup and her subsequent solo albums with Motown, to her acting career in such films as The Last Dragon (“who’s the master!?!?”) and Action Jackson, to her being born again and preaching the gospel, Vanity lived quite a storied and tumultuous life. We vacillate between her sex symbol image and the tragic figure that never really got a fair shake – with the mixture you’d expect of teenage boyish giggles for the gorgeous girl on our walls and the deep thoughts as emotionally intelligent guys wanting her to find balance and redemptive peace she sought… did she? We discuss that and much more between some VERY explicitly sexy songs courtesy of Vanity, the Purple One, and others. You’ve been warned!
So sit back and revisit the life of Denise Matthews aka Vanity.
Liv Warfield of Roadcase Royale joins Eric in conversation to discuss the beginnings of her career, moving to Portland Oregon from Peoria Illinois to find her voice in a steady karaoke scene, becoming an independent artist with a charting single, how she connected with Prince, the funny story in waiting for the announced “Prince will call you” call that changed her life, how Prince influenced her confidence and songwriting on her next solo album, how the couple of songs they wrote together came about, is there anything she worked on with Prince in his legendary vault, what she wishes the world knew more about Prince, how she connected with Nancy Wilson to form Roadcase Royale, origins of their anthemic Get Loud, what it means to raise your voice as an artist, how have “Heart” audiences accepted her, what’s next for the band in terms of touring and recording, what’s next for her personally, and much more!
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution shares her 10 Essential Prince songs. Keyboardist Lisa Coleman also shares memories of the songs chosen, first hearing Prince’s music, her parents reaction to the sexual nature of Prince’s work, connecting with Prince as a fellow pianist, thoughts and memories of the unreleased song Lisa and what was unique about their relationship, Prince’s growth as a poetic lyricist, the power of Prince’s puppy dog eyes, “scoring” Prince onstage, memories of her brother connecting with Prince, stories of Prince, Wendy, and Lisa meeting, hanging out, and jamming with Joni Mitchell, and much more.
BrownMark of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
BrownMark of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Bassist BrownMark also shares memories of the songs chosen, learning Prince’s preferred style of bass playing, memories of the infamous 1981 gig opening for The Rolling Stones – his first gig, first hearing When Doves Cry with its lack of a bassline, his extended bass jams with Prince, Wendy joining The Revolution, Prince as a drill sergeant, the possibility of joining The Time, racial diversity in the band and what it meant to him at the time and now being “the black guy” in the band, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Bobby Z of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Bobby Z of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Drummer Bobby Z also shares memories of the songs chosen, being witness to early Prince sessions including for local advertising spots, what it was like on the road touring with Prince and Rick James in the early days, how he and Prince bonded over talking drummer influences, how Prince wore those influences on his sleeve, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Dr Fink of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Dr Fink of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Dr Fink also describes first hearing Prince’s music, great stories about his audition, Prince’s sense of humor and some practical jokes along the way, the writing and recording of Dirty Mind, how was Prince when it came to co-writing, what’s his favorite classic video, diversity in the band, Prince’s sexuality through the years, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Me’Shell Ndegeocello joins Eric in conversation to discuss her early days growing up in a musical home, discovering exciting and varied music in her family’s vast record collection, buying her first Prince record, auditioning for Living Colour just before signing her major label deal, working in the hit-centric music business, thoughts on recent comments regarding female artists from the Grammy world, thoughts on the current political and social climate in the world, the importance of her musical project Can I Get A Witness? The Gospel of James Baldwin and what is ahead for that, her current covers record Ventriloquism and what inspired the interesting song choices she made for that record, what’s next and much more!
Author Duane Tudahl joins Craig for a discussion about his book PRINCE AND THE PURPLE RAIN STUDIO SESSIONS: 1983 AND 1984. A Prince fanatic with an impressive resume going back several years, Duane tells the story about procuring a stack of Prince’s session documents from Sunset Sound and how interviews with those who worked with Prince folded into an impressive work which is – in Craig’s opinion – the ultimate look at the Purple Rain years. You can purchase the book here.