Prince (1983) Let’s Pretend We’re Married 12″

Guest Blogger: Ernest L Sewell, IV
Let’s Pretend We’re Married 12″

Very Brief:
I’m not saying this just to be nasty – but Prince taught me how to fuck. Can you relate? I mean, not the technicality of one thing in another. But he did teach me about the swagger of the conquer, and the confident braggadocio that can get you laid. It didn’t start with “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”, but it certainly was in the syllabus of future classes. Prince also taught me to just be who you are, no matter what that is, and to be kind to everyone in the process. Even if he told Marsha he wanted to fuck the taste out of her mouth, he was sincere about it. Even in a song drenched with the desire to lay and get laid, Prince make a proclamation that we should all embody, dismissing rumors, changing the rules, doing things your own way, and keeping God with you.

With the unexpected and devastating passing of our dear Prince in April of this year (oddly foreshadowed in the last line of the song “I”m going 2 another life”), the recent weeks have certainly put us Prince fans into a deeply reflective state of mind. Some have went through the 39 studio albums, the EPs, maybe even the maxi singles and B-sides. YouTube has filled up, unchallenged by NPG or Paisley Park – at least for now, with Prince videos, including the video for “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”. The video is relatively unremarkable. It’s a typical performance video. It was filmed in the same week (the last) of rehearsals for the 1999 tour, as “Automatic”, and “1999”. Prince Vault says it was the last video with Dez Dickerson in it. The video was a promo only, but played in clubs a lot at the time.

As a writer, I still feel at a loss on how to articulate how Prince’s music has truly touched my life, formed who I am as a person, and co-wrote on my very soul. Even while being damn near brain washed in an independent Baptist church growing up, Prince was there to dirty my mind back up again. Somehow, I leveled out. I’m not sure if Prince weren’t around politely excusing himself into a girl’s panties, if I’d even have the desire to write this blog entry. The balance of God and sexuality, love and lust, unabashed machismo and appreciation of the female species is part of what made Prince the man we grew to love, admire, respect, and want to know. He told Oprah, in 1996, that he wanted people to remember his music. While he had long stopped cursing seventeen years ago, he said he never doubted the journey. You remove one piece and the whole structure falls. So while we never heard Prince really sing “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” again, even he couldn’t deny that it was an integral part of all things Prince.

The b-side of “Irresistible Bitch” is a song that charted as well, alongside “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”. Both were played quite a bit on the 1999 tour, and the Purple Rain Tour, and some tours after that. A quick note about “Irresistible Bitch”. If you listen hard, you’ll hear more in the song. There is some clever backwards masking in the intro, and throughout the song. It’s wrapped around the rubbery percussion, and it’s Prince saying “I want you, I want you, irresistible bitch, oh I want you”.

We often pretended Prince was magic, or perfect, but we found out in the end he was just as flawed and human as the rest of us. However, the rest of us weren’t the physical embodiment of the definition of music itself. Prince was that. We are all waiting on the autopsy, the toxicology, and the vault. We’re waiting, tense, upset, sad, and downright angry. But through all that grief process, we can do what The Onion joked about – we can fuck, just like Prince would have wanted. Maybe for a couple of hours, or maybe for the next seven years. People thought Prince was crazy, and they’re probably right, but he was gonna have fun every motherfuckin’ night.

Prince (1983) Let's Pretend We're Married 12"The Source:
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#: 0-20170
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1983

Prince (1983) Let's Pretend We're Married 12"The A Side:
Let’s Pretend We’re Married  7:20

The B Side:
Irresistible Bitch 4:11

The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 12/17/83 91 52 10
Hot Black Singles 1/7/84 75 55 8
Hot Dance/Disco 2/11/84 62 52 6

The Equipment:
Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge
Yamaha RX-Z1 A/V Receiver
Sony PCM-R300 DAT Deck
Turtle Beach Catalina sound card
Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Scanner
Spin Clean Record Washer MKII

The Software:
Cool Edit Pro
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Microsoft ICE

The Links:


Let's Pretend We're Married FLAC

Let's Pretend We're Married MP3

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Let’s Pretend We’re Married

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9 Responses to “Prince (1983) Let’s Pretend We’re Married 12″”

  1. Dana says:

    Your commentary on this one is ace. Whenever I tell someone or think to myself that a particular Prince song is my favorite I usually waver and think of another…It’s always this one. I don’t know why it just doesn’t come to me first. But yea, Let’s Pretend We’re Married is my favorite Prince song.

    • Thanks for that! Being a writer, I’ve found it quite difficult to say anything about his passing. So this served as (one of many) an outlet to start the process.

  2. Andre says:

    Your work is amazing. It’s been a while since I discovered. It have just dawned on me that I never took the time 2 thank U, so here I am! Thank U!. Hope to see more Prince material..I’m a big fan and that’s the reason I got 2 this site in the first place. Much propz!!

  3. AnthonyC says:

    Undoubtedly two exceptional Prince tracks that I have played relentlessly over the years. To this very day Prince is the only artist who could portray nasty as beautiful. Take for example When 2 R In Love and I Love U In Me – two very beautiful yet explicit songs. Prince draws you in but still delivers a powerful message. One thing for sure is that Prince can be nasty, Prince can be dirty, but he does it in the most incredible and exciting way – just how these two tracks demonstrate. As a side note, I have only ever seen people with the artwork that has the text that reads “Specially-priced 2-cut Maxi-single”, yet my 12inch single doesn’t have this at all.

    • djrichiep says:

      Interesting that your cover doesn’t have that text, don’t think I’ve ever seen one without it. Same catalog number? US release?

  4. squirrelgrease says:

    Prince taught me how to kiss. Turns out I was doing it wrong. I had no idea that generous amounts of face licking and tongue-punching of the uvula was supposed to be part if the process.

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