Ever since the runaway success of Purple Rain, the 1984 album by singer Prince, rumors have swirled about unreleased recordings. Prince was stingy about releasing his less famous works to the public. But now he's dead and his relatives and associates are much less picky, especially when there's money to be mined.
It turns out that Prince left behind 5,000 unreleased songs, many of them from the Purple Rain album. Warner Brothers payed Prince only fifty million for the album, and so in a fit of pique the singer refused to release the many songs he'd recorded in the album's lengthy recording sessions. According to guitar player Wendy Melvoin, Prince was asking to be payed ten million per song.
But now a new thirty song album is being released, allowing fans to hear at least some of these unreleased works. Prince once said, "I give the record companies the crappiest songs possible. The really powerful stuff has yet to be released." Some of these songs were recorded with Prince's legendary band The Revolution, while others were recorded by crappier bands like Vanity 6 and Booty 28. One thing's for sure, these songs feature ass. Lots and lots of ass.
Perhaps the most impressive song is "Possess That Ass." Mark Brown, the boringly named bassist for Prince's Revolution band, tells us this song has "the funkiest bass line in history. It's about the devil possessing a girl's ass."
Other notable songs include "Anal Electricity," "Big Ole Ass," and the hymnlike "Let Uss Phu(n)ck."
In the case of "Wonderful Ass," the title pretty much tells it all. Prince's keyboard player tells us this song is about "ass. It's inspired by Bob Dylan's 'Strolling with Nikita Khrushchev in Ashbury Park No. 39 Blues' but every line is about ass. It's a way to restore the political to the personal, or vice versa. Prince loved girls with cute asses, and so do I for that matter. Prince may have been a deep thinking, heavy duty intellectual. But beneath it all, he loved ass." Prince incorporated some pretty explicit bump and grind moves into the song's stage performance, with the help of dancer and occasional triangle player ButtBlind.