Thursday, April 19, 2007

Prince and the lo-fi revolution

Just learned via Page-a-Day Calendars that Prince's 1988 smash hit "Kiss" was actually a demo!

"Warner Bros. didn’t want to release this at first because 'it sounded like a demo,' arranger David Z told writer Per Nilsen. It does — because it was a demo, laid down by Prince on cassette, fooled with by Z and the band Mazarati, and reclaimed by Prince the next day."

Although nobody would ever accuse Prince of being understated, I believe that does make him sort of a lo-fi pioneer.

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