Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"Let's Pretend We're Married/Irresistible Bitch" by Prince

Song#:  1730
Date:  12/17/1983
Debut:  91
Peak:  52
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Prince was three hit singles deep into his 1999 album when the decision was made to issue a fourth single, "Let's Pretend We're Married." It peaked about the same at Pop, R&B (#55), and Dance (#52). Along the way, programmers began spinning the b-side of the single, "Irresistible Bitch." It picked up just as much airplay as the a-side, so the single became a two-sided entry on the charts. The songs might have done a bit better, but some stations were reluctant to play the sexually charged songs. Many folks also knew that although "Let's Pretend" was highly edited for radio, the seven-minute album version was quite explicit and contained a certain line that was arguably the most lascivious thing Prince has ever said on record. It certainly wouldn't be Prince's first (or last) controversy (pun intended...).

ReduxReview:  Well, the video above may disappear quickly so check it out while u can! It's another good song from 1999, but I wouldn't rank it among Prince's best singles. It was probably the best bet left on the album to release, but by the time it was, the album had pretty much run out of gas. Is it me or does this sound like the inspiration for The Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance?" Hmmm...let's pretend we didn't cop from this song...

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) "Irresistible Bitch" was initially recorded in 1981. The song segued into another tune called "Feel U Up." Both were shelved at the time and not used. Prince revived "Irresistible" with an updated recording for the b-side to this single. "Feel U Up" would also see the light of day later in 1986.  2) Tina Turner used to cover "Let's Pretend" while on tour. A live recording of the song would be used as the b-side to her 1985 single "Show Some Respect."


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