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who influenced prince? July 13, 2008

we always talk about artists who we believe are inspired by prince, but less so on who originally inspired his purpleness.

prince has pretty much created a recognisable sound of his own but there are elements of many artists of the 60s and 70s.

we don’t need an excuse to post about prince here at dirtymartini:

a post of prince duets, featuring beyonce, angie stone, madonna to name a few

a post of 2007/8 tracks that sounds some suspiciously like prince

the perfect prince set list, inspired by the o2 tour

some more tracks that bit off a huge chunk of purple greatness

recent and not so recent examples of how a little purple goes a long way

some rare prince tracks that everyone should own

the many artists who owe some success to prince

my first ever post was a homage to the vault of unreleased prince tracks


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chaka khan – sweet thing

curtis mayfield – tripping out

david bowie – life on mars

delfonics – what’s your sign

earth wind and fire – would you mind

george clinton – atomic dog

graham central station – mirror

james brown – get up offa that thing

jimi hendrix – foxy lady

joni mitchell – big yellow taxi

mavis staples – chocolate city

ohio players – sweet sticky thing

rick james – mary jane

santana – evil ways

sly and the family stone – if it were left up to me


70s love groove June 27, 2008

i love that sound they used in the 70s. i can hardly articulate it but the theme tune to ‘robin’s nest’ is a perfect example. apparently it’s called mini-moog.

no matter what decade is currently being revived, the 70s remain cool. check out the tarantino soundtrack that never was, those 70s boy bands and the rainbow funk children.

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aretha franklin – until you come back to me

brothers johnson – tomorrow

cameo – sparkle

chaka khan – stay

earth wind and fire – devotion

heatwave – all you do is dial

isley brothers – at your best

kool and the gang – jones vs jones

maze and frankie beverly – southern girl

ramp – daylight

raydio – jack and jill

stevie wonder – you’ve got it bad girl


chaka khan let me rock you, let me rock you chaka khan August 13, 2007


i always think is a shame that most people only recognise chaka khan for ‘ain’t nobody’. its a breakdance classic and girls to the floor anthem but there is a lot more where that came from.

chaka started in the industry at 16 with a group called lyfe, and five years later in 1973 formed the group rufus, which would prove her first successful outing. she went solo in 1978 but continued to work with rufus well into the 80s.

twelve chaka tracks that aren’t ‘ain’t nobody’ – download here


sampled by dj sneak, this amazing disco tune has one of those memorable hooks you know instinctively.

do you love what you feel

quality 70s vocal funk as part of rufus. nice vocals from other group members.


moody chilled soul. a mel c lookalike butchered this on american idol last season with some of the scariest vocals and facial expressions i’ve ever seen.

this is my night

quintessential mid-80s synth soul, this was actually one of the first chaka songs i heard.

sweet thing

a rare decent cover version from mary j blige doesn’t quite overshadow the original.

i’m every woman

again, the whitney version from the bodyguard soundtrack now sounds dated in comparison to this disco monster.


another funk/soul classic. sampled for stardust’s ‘music sounds better with you’, if it sounds familiar.

i know you, i live you

dramatic, atmospheric soul would overpower many voices. chaka pulls it off.

i feel for you

actually her biggest hit. this was a remake of an obscure prince song, featuring stevie wonder on harmonica and a rap from melle mel.

once you get started

disco track, also featuring some nice 80s keyboards.

tell me something good

departure from their usual frenetic workout. slow and funky with pioneering vocoder. not like that awful cher track that made you feel queasy.


midtempo disco tune about butterflies.

whatcha gonna do for me

one of my favourites, perfect example of early 80s soul.