The Collabo Xperience #3: Lovesexy’s 25th anniversary


Lovesexy 25In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Lovesexy album, the Collabo Xperience comes forth with a special podcast in commemoration of the Purple landmark.

Released in May of 1998, Lovesexy was recorded in a symbolic 7 weeks, reportedly after Prince experienced something of an epiphany upon the Warner Bros. pressing of what was to be “The Funk Bible”; a response to  criticism citing that the Purple One had become too pop oriented.  In direct contrast to The Black Album, Lovesexy was an indeed an antithesis to its predecessor which was recalled only a week before its scheduled release.  Prince went so far as to subliminally apologize for his “negativity” in The Black Album by embedding the split-second message of “DON’T BUY THE BLACK ALBUM.  I’M SORRY” within the Alphabet Street music video; Lovesexy’s first single.

For most Prince fans, the release of Lovesexy itself was a polarizing event.  In full affirmation of Prince’s  Christianity at the time, the album conveyed in no uncertain terms; the theme of Love is GodGod is Love.  (The term here is presented back-to-back without spacing in my interpretation of the “mirrored” or interchangeable value of the statement.)  Prince pulled no punches in expounding upon the contrast between good and evil, or in Purple terms, Lovesexy vs. Spooky Electric.  The message is undoubtedly clear throughout the album, most evident in the opening track of “Eye Know”, “Anna Stesia” and the album’s conclusion of “Positivity”.

Released during the height of Hip Hop and the likes of N.W.A., Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane, Prince fans came down on both sides of either acceptance of Prince’s embrace of his spirituality or the disenchantment of what was now a Purple pulpit.  For the latter, many of his fan base ran for cover in response to public scorn of the album cover, depicting Prince nude in somewhat feminine fashion.  (Ironically, it was reported that retailers often wrapped the album cover in plain black in order to avoid offending their casual clientele.)  Like me, others I’m sure found themselves in the uncomfortable lurch of having to defend their fandom in light of such a controversial statement from our self proclaimed musical genius.  This surely marked the submergence of the Prince “closet fan”.

The “genius” itself, however – is that the musicality of the album actually served as a perfect conduit for his message.  I’m happy to report that the 25th anniversary of Lovesexy has led me to re-examine the creation and with time comes maturity.  I’ve listened again with new ears and have come away with a greater appreciation to what I believe is Prince’s prophetic expression, and one that his legacy simply cannot do without.

With that, I’ll leave the listener to his or her own personal interpretation but with our podcasting aid which includes live performances and rehearsals of the Lovesexy songs, including a couple of outtakes that were recorded in the same vein but remain unreleased.

Click the picture above for full access to the Collabo Xperience #3, as Silver Tongue of Purple House, Mace2theO of EMF Radio and myself thank you for flying this jam, with both-

Peace and Love2tha9s..

 

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4 comments

  1. Carmen International · June 2, 2013

    Too many variables nby the time I reply much on my mind.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Carmen International · June 2, 2013

    If all is fine, do you reply or ? I tried to go to your gig in Anaheim grove and for ???? Reasons unknown yet again, I got detoured. I’m Carmen from 90 and 91 mad hatter model at glam slam back then. Sick of trying to find you. Purle rain on stage was also a concept I wanted to speak with u about at y/e2006. I left delicious vinyl shortly after. And No was the basis on business or screenplays I got in a nonresponsive prince. So, now I’m emailing this site 2tha9s to or say hello to you again. I’ll be alta somewhere. One night, will you do me the favor of letting me know when there is a gig that’s at a venue low key. That would be cool. Cool. Love, Carmen and or rosebud, to Prince the music. Bye.

    Xo xo

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  3. Silver-Tongue · June 3, 2013

    It was a great pleasure working with you guys on this very special celebration of Lovesexy 25! Your review captures it all, great job 😉

    Nice to see you back in the public eye

    ST

  4. taffysaur · June 3, 2016

    and yet half a million people attended the tour.
    let me just say that again; *half a million people* saw that lovesexy tour in ’88-’89. in the middle of this supposed schism, or backlash.
    they knew what time it was. ;0) you cannot deny this man! haha.
    lovesexy is my favourite album anyway, but granted i didn’t have to deal w/all this, i just heard the beautiful, *beautful* music w/fresh ears (yeah, in 1988, but me being too young to be aware of any public reaction), and am deeply moved by it. and i’m an atheist. the religious stuff doesn’t scare me, anyone who let that get in the way of enjoying a singularly brilliant album (and maybe even taking some good messages from it, valuable messages) doesn’t deserve this awesome music.

    hey, can i just say though..? *eff* the “closet fan.” you should never be ashamed of who you are.
    you should hold you head up high, take that naked album cover up to the counter, slam it down and say “yeah, i love prince, he’s bad ass. wanna make somethin’ of it?”
    well maybe not that far, but if you are all open about it now, after everyone has come out of the closet and it’s no longer any risk to admit to it, you should have been reppin’ him when he was alive. and yes you should feel bad in your most private, reflective moments.
    peace!

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