Category Archives: 1999

Irresistible Bitch: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 49 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, the musician Snax (snaxonline.org), and I talk about the dark and foreboding 1999 era B-side, “Irresistible Bitch”. Prince is being used, abused and treated like dirt….but he still comes back for more. A tale of masochistic obsession and terminology ownership happens to also be one of the coolest songs in Prince’s discography.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Horny Toad: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 48 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, fellow blogger Zachary Hoskins (PrinceSongs.org) joins me to chat about the ridiculous, ballsy, yet still somehow enjoyable 1999 era B-side, “Horny Toad”. Prince delivers a winking nod to his nasty persona throughout the song’s lyrics and we cover it line by deviant line.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 47 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Prince’s gets emotionally raw with us on his piano and a microphone break-up ballad, “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore”. The “1999” B-side gave us a glimpse of Prince we hadn’t seen much of before. It’s just 1 lousy dime…pick up the phone and call me sometime.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


International Lover: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 46 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, things get steamy when I discuss the lyrics to the sensual, seductive, and playful “International Lover” off Prince’s 1999 album. It’s an iconic ballad that, along with “Do Me, Baby”, established the Prince brand of balladry to be used as a template for countless artists. Climb aboard the Seduction 747!

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


All The Critics Love U In New York: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 45 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I welcome first time guest, Leslie Ballard, to the show to discuss “All The Critics Love U In New York” off Prince’s 1999 album. We touch on some of the early critical praise that Prince was receiving at this point in his career and how it might have fed into the cynicism evident throughout the song’s lyrics. We also attempt to dissect Prince’s repeated disdain for “hippies” and what we really think he could have been referring to. We also freely admit that we might have no clue what is truly being addressed in this track…but we try!

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Lady Cab Driver: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 44 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Karen Shedrick & I dive into “Lady Cab Driver”, the sex-as-therapy offering from Prince’s breakthrough album, 1999. Everyone seems to focus on the middle section of this song, and we definitely do as well! There’s a LOT going on and we’re not just talking about Jill Jones vocal performance.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Free: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 43 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, author and blogger Laura Tiebert and I talk about the beautifully inspirational “Free” from Prince’s 1999 album. This track can be a deeply personal one depending on your perspective and background. Hopefully, we do the lyrics justice and provide an opportunity for the listener to apply their own definition of freedom as they listen.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Something In The Water (Does Not Compute): Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 42 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Josh Norman from The Mountains & the Sea podcast joins me discuss the lyrics (and delivery!) of melancholy, sparse and emotionally fraught track, “Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)” from Prince’s 5th album, 1999.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Automatic: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 41 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I am joined by first-time podcast guest Farooq Ansari to discuss the cold, robotic funk of “Automatic” from Prince’s 5th album, 1999. Is Prince descending into madness over his inability to shake off a bad relationship? What does the ending mean? Of course, we don’t really know, but we sure had fun offering up some thoughts on this standout track!

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


D.M.S.R.: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 40 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Christy Norman from The Mountains & the Sea and Killer Fun podcasts joins me discuss the straightforward (dance! music! sex! romance!) and arcane (Who is Jamie Starr? Why is there a woman crying for help?) in the epic party that is “D.M.S.R.” from Prince’s 5th album, 1999.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Let’s Pretend We’re Married: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 39 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Erica Thompson (APurpleDayInDecember.com) joins me to break down the at times equally traditional, profane & religious (?!?!) “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” off Prince’s 1999 album. I also bring back Jerry Bonner to share a story about how he was blown away by the utterly shocking use of the “F” word to describe sex & how he decided to share this revelation with schoolmates.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Delirious: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 38 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, Jerry Bonner (@JBonner71) and I take “Delirious” out for a little ride, up and down, in and out around it’s lake. Prince’s rockabilly style combined with the ear-worm synth hook of the year is on full display for this top 10 track off the 1999 album.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


Little Red Corvette: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 37 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, fellow blogger Zachary Hoskins (princesongs.org) joins me to chat about one of the most significant songs of Prince’s career, the enduring and flat out phenomenal “Little Red Corvette” from the 1999 album.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!


1999: Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast



On Episode 36 of the Press Rewind – Prince Lyrics Podcast, I work through the lyrics to Prince’s massive hit single, “1999” off his equally massive double album of the same name. Have we learned anything from a song about fear of annihilation in the nearly 40 years since it’s recording? Not really….we could still all die any day.

The goal of each episode of Press Rewind is to:

  • Take a track by track look at the lyrical content of Prince’s discography
  • Discuss my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics along with any guest I may have
  • If submitted, discuss listener’s interpretations of each song’s lyrics

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Prince’s catalog!