Paisley

I don’t know if this is an idea that could run or not but…

This song off Prince’s 1985 album Around The World In A Day came up recently and knocked me sideways a little- genuine lightfooted brilliance, a mid-80s funked version of 60s pop-psychedelia about the joys of childhood.

Paisley Park

‘Admission is easy, just say you
Believe and come to this
Place in your heart
Paisley Park is in your heart’

In 1996 the first full length Two Lone Swordsmen album, The Fifth Mission (Return To the Flightpath Estate), contained this track as its closing statement, a loopy, stoned trip through the aforementioned flightpath estate at dawn. The synth chord sequence just after two minutes, and then recurring throughout the eight minutes plus, is rather wonderful.

Paisley Dark

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I Had Dreams When I Was Your Age

Back to yesterday’s postees Wendy and Lisa (as drawn by comic artist Jaime Hernandez, thus cleverly tying in with the post about comics earlier this week). Wendy and Lisa escaped from Prince’s sticky clutches in 1987, fed up with the way The Revolution were changing (too male, too macho, not enough credit). Staring At The Sun is a piece of summer-y, slightly psychedelic pop that could only have been made in 1990- just listen to those drums- and it appeared on their Eroica album. If truth be told I prefer the remix from The Orb but this has a good groove, a nice chunky guitar riff and cracking vocals.

Staring At The Sun

I’ll probably get shot down for this but I never much cared for Prince- I don’t dispute the man’s way with a tune early on, Purple Rain and When Doves Cry are, y’know, pretty good and I did like Sign Of the Times (the song), and Cream and Get Off are alright but…there’s something that put me off way back and I could never get past it. I don’t believe I own anything by him other than a couple of 7″ singles that I must have been given at some point.