Guest Blogger: Dave3
To say “My Name Is Prince” is a relic of it’s era is extremely accurate. Prince screams all his lyrics, the most dated of which is the declaration that the music is “funky fresh for the nineties”. Tony M’s raps sounded dangerous next to MC Hammer’s, though he’d probably run screaming if approached by Ice Cube. The video features Prince dancing on a ridiculously fake looking street with a cameo by Kirstie Alley. Worst of all, it doesn’t sound anything like Prince, and in this case that’s not a good thing. How this record grabbed my attention while the rest of Prince’s output didn’t do much for me I couldn’t tell you, but if this was the odd gateway drug, the ‘SYMBOL’ album was the real fix, blowing my mind with jazzy grooves, intense stylistic shifts and really interesting lyrics while also being ridiculously strange. Of course my Mom hated it, insisting I buy the clean version. Didn’t matter, I was in heaven.
As dated as “My Name Is Prince” is, I still love it, or at least I love the “original” mixes. The song is credited as having been remixed by Keith “K.C.” Cohen, much in the same way “Gett Off” was a remix of the 12″ sent to radio stations on Prince’s birthday. While we’ve gotten to hear that stripped-down version of “Gett Off”, we never got to hear an early version of “My Name Is Prince”. Live recordings from the Act I and Act II tours of 1992 and 1993 portray the song as less intense, and while that might have been a different experience in person, the tapes I’ve heard don’t make it nearly as explosive as the record. The 12″ Club Mix and Hard Core 12″ Mix don’t add anything to the song, dropping the vibes of the “original” version in favor of club tropes like vaguely acid or techno-tinged keyboards along with chants of “get on up ya’ll” and “funky” from Tony M and the Game Boyz. The House Mix is more minimally electronic than it’s name suggests, making it at least interesting but still utterly inessential. The true draws of the 12″ and CD Maxi Singles are the Original Mix Edit of “My Name Is Prince” and the 12″ Remix of “Sexy M.F.”. The Original Mix Edit is about a minute and a half longer than the album version, adding extra build and intensity, so if you like extended versions, this will fit the bill. It’s also worth noting that the 12″ featured a slightly shorter edit of the aforementioned track, one which is a little more concise than the version on the CD Maxi Single. But as good as this is, the remix of “Sexy M.F.” is heaven-sent! Basically an extended version of the “Sexy Mutha” remix that appeared as the B-Side of the 7″ of “My Name Is Prince” with the curses intact, it turns that jazzy, one-note groove into a full-fledged club rocker. One could argue that it loses some of the intimacy of the original, but what it gains in percussion and drive more than makes up for anything lost.
In the wake of the untimely events of the past few months, it’s a pleasure to return to “My Name Is Prince” and “Sexy M.F.”. I don’t think anyone is going to argue that either songs are prime-Prince, they’re not even my favorite Prince songs (“The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” tops so many of my personal lists) but they’re a reminder of how good he could be, finding ways to make weaker material stronger through arrangements and just trying different methods of attack. It’s not easy but I’ll cherish these memories forever. He will be missed.
Prince is dead. Long live Prince!
The B Side:
The Billboard Charts:
|Chart||Debuted||Debut Pos.||Peak Pos.||Wks on Chart|
|Hot Black Singles||10/10/92||61||25||10|
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