My first album was a very long pregnancy, good God, it took so long get out. It was a really ace album, but, the timing was way off. I don't think everyone was ready for it. Radio wasn't looking for it. There's a rap convention in Atlanta that I went to and people came up to me saying “you're Black? I didn't know you were Black! I would've played your record.” I just came back to Prince, like, “should I just get a tan?” White people somehow knew I was Black and they said “I'm not playing that house Negro on the radio.”
The album was dead in the water. Then, I went to a function and I think I was crying. A Warner Brothers executive (Rob Dickens, CEO of Warner Brothers UK) saw me and he put money into the project to do promotion in Europe. We made the (music) video (for the single "Mia Bocca")...They (Europeans) always liked Josephine Baker, that whole thing always worked. I was discriminated against in my own country. I opened for Jody Watley in LA and, seriously, the crowd just stood there whole time with their arms crossed. I was angry dancing. I was singing “G-Spot” and I was like “I'm not going to shake my ass.” I know (on past tours) I would go out in my bra and panties, but, then I put on my trench coat and I'd leave. I just threw the mike down and walked off the stage. Prince came to me and said “is that it, are you done?” Maybe he created the diva in me.
I think the album was a very intellectual album. We made a decision to take a lot of the poppy songs off. Once Clare Fisher puts the strings on it... I wanted to leave them on... That's where I sealed my fate to never have a hit record...(Prince) could have given me "The Glamorous Life". Sheila E. would come to the studio to play basketball and I did not know that the child was going in (to the studio) late at night and singing the songs...
No doubt Prince put her solo album on the back-burner while he worked on other things. Also, I just don't think some of the songs suited her. All Day Al Night, especially after hearing Prince's version, should have been on a Prince and The Revolution record. G-spot also would have been better for Prince to do - it should be sung from a guy's perspective. A lot of peopls like Mia Bocca, but I actually didn't care for it, because I think her voice is better at the higher register. I didn't like the deep tone of her voice on that song.
Even if she had done more promotion for the album, I don't know that she would have had lasting success. Prince just didn't make her career a priority in the 80's. Also, I don't know that she had enough of the "wow" factor with performing on stage.
Yeah, she even said some songs were dated and didn't translate well in 1987 like G-Spot. If G Spot was released in 1984/85 it would have been a hit, and have become a classic. So if she performed it in 1987 it would have been exciting. I think too think G-Spot, All Day All Night should have been somehow released with Prince & the Revolution. G-Spot could have been a hot Prince/Jill duet B side.
I've always loved Mia Bocca, but that was another that should have been released in 1986 especially since it was in Under the Cherry Moon.
Jill Jones on the unfinished second Paisley Park album: We (Jones and Prince) were kind of at two different roads. The song (“Boom Boom”) was from 1982 and it seemed forced. He kept remixing it. I went to do the video, but, it was late, it was too late. And I just ended up going back to New York, got married and waited until my contract expired. During this time he called me-- and I was at a friend's house-- and said, "you don't have any charisma, you should dye your hair black and you need to get breast implants like Brigitte Nielsen." I was furious... Dickens (CEO of Warner Brothers UK) was instrumental at one point with Roger Davies, my manager, when we were trying to complete my second album alone. Without Prince. But, Prince rejected every attempt we tried.
A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m