From time to time, there will be a rumor about Prince putting together one of his old bands again. If recent interviews and His Royal Badness’ continuous descent into shithouse rat crazy are to be believed, however, there’s little point in holding one’s breath waiting for that to actually happen. As luck would have it, however, members of The Family (the group formed following the departure of Morris Day from The Time and the first to perform “Nothing Compares 2 U,” amongst other bits of trivia) have reunited under the moniker of Fdeluxe, and it looks like they’re getting ready to drop a new CD in the coming months.
i first ran across the band some months ago, i believe following a link from Wendy & Lisa’s website, if memory serves. Theirs or Shelia E.’s, probably. (You bet your ass i can name drop Revolution types with the best of them, thank you very much). Fdeluxe was offering up a free single at the time, and just today i received an update from their email list informing me of a new rough mix track.
The band currently consists of St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds and Jellybean Johnson. Newer track “Gaslight” is a funk workout. Melvoin’s vocals are a bit more weathered, but no less sultry. When Leeds’ horns drop in, well, it’s a party, ’nuff said. Johnson and Peterson provide a backbone groove you just can’t find anymore these days, it sadly seems.
i suppose that’s all about to change, though, isn’t it? Let the Funkolution proceed!