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Thread started 05/03/19 8:40pm

Mikado

What Prince song does Oh, Sheila sound most like?

Definetly something from the 1999/Controversy era. Maybe Lady Cab Driver?

https://www.youtube.com/w...bL2lMn34Oo

A certain kind of mellow.
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Reply #1 posted 05/03/19 10:46pm

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I can't even listen to Lady Cab Driver without singing Oh Sheila along to it.

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Reply #2 posted 05/03/19 11:06pm

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definitely lady cab driver and in my opinion, one of the better prince influenced tracks.

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Reply #3 posted 05/03/19 11:51pm

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I'll top Lady Cab Driver.

The song Oh Sheila sounds most like imo is Cameo's Style

[Edited 5/3/19 23:54pm]

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Reply #4 posted 05/04/19 12:47am

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phunkdaddy said:

I'll top Lady Cab Driver.

The song Oh Sheila sounds most like imo is Cameo's Style

[Edited 5/3/19 23:54pm]

sounds a bit more like that jesse johsnon tune to me, i want to be your man, either way, it's minneapolis influenced if it came out in 83.

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Reply #5 posted 05/04/19 10:35am

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RFTW debut album was released in 1985

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Reply #6 posted 05/04/19 12:30pm

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phunkdaddy said:

I'll top Lady Cab Driver.

The song Oh Sheila sounds most like imo is Cameo's Style

[Edited 5/3/19 23:54pm]

Style is kinda a sequel to "Just Be Yourself" on the "Alligator woman" Album! However: That Keyboard line is EEEEEEERILY reminiscent of "Oh Sheila"!! Cameo was/is one of RFTW's influences!!

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Reply #7 posted 05/04/19 12:30pm

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Oh Sheila is like Prince and The Time had a baby, and out popped Oh Sheila.

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Reply #8 posted 05/04/19 3:53pm

SoulAlive

phunkdaddy said:

I'll top Lady Cab Driver.

The song Oh Sheila sounds most like imo is Cameo's Style

I was gonna say the same thing biggrin RFTW definitely borrowed that synth rip from "Style".

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Reply #9 posted 05/05/19 3:43pm

lwr001

Extraloveable. Not sure how they heard it but that's the beat I get
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Reply #10 posted 05/05/19 3:48pm

Mikado

oceanblue said:

Oh Sheila is like Prince and The Time had a baby, and out popped Oh Sheila.


With Michael Jackson as a midwife.

Oh Sheila has that sort of super polished production that Prince rarely had at the time, but MJ did. The vocals are higher pitched like MJ's, but the phrasing is totally Prince.

A certain kind of mellow.
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Reply #11 posted 05/06/19 8:30am

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Cameo's "Style" is kinda a sequel to "Just Be Yourself" on the "Alligator woman" Album!

It sure is,isn't it? smile This is an odd album in Cameo's catalog.It came and went very quickly.

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Reply #12 posted 05/06/19 8:59am

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It actually doesn't sound like any Prince song.

It is definately a copy of the Minneapolis Sound

the lynn and the synth do it

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Reply #13 posted 05/06/19 9:51am

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"Oh, Sheila" and this both took a page from "Lady Cab Driver"

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Reply #14 posted 05/06/19 10:54am

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Definitely something '83 era Prince inspired. I never liked this song. Wildly unoriginal.

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Reply #15 posted 05/06/19 11:58am

Mikado

Bishop31 said:

Definitely something '83 era Prince inspired. I never liked this song. Wildly unoriginal.



Would you have liked it if Prince did it?
A certain kind of mellow.
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Reply #16 posted 05/06/19 12:26pm

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None in my opinion.
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Reply #17 posted 05/06/19 12:56pm

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Mikado said:

Bishop31 said:

Definitely something '83 era Prince inspired. I never liked this song. Wildly unoriginal.

Would you have liked it if Prince did it?

If Prince did it during that period, it would have been far superior, so I most likely would have liked it.

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Reply #18 posted 05/06/19 1:27pm

PeteSilas

also, prince himself took the melody from larry grahams' "sooner or later" as some here have noticed before.

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Reply #19 posted 05/06/19 1:41pm

PeteSilas

what was with thtat stupid aussie accent at the beginning, i think the commodores or someone did that too.

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Reply #20 posted 05/08/19 6:02pm

SoulAlive

“I’m The One Who Loves You” and “Mary Goes ‘Round” are just a few of their songs that also borrow heavily from Prince.RFTW seemed to be fascinated by Prince’s 1982 period,when he was using a lot of synths and the Linn drum machine.
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Reply #21 posted 05/09/19 5:27am

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SoulAlive said:

“I’m The One Who Loves You” and “Mary Goes ‘Round” are just a few of their songs that also borrow heavily from Prince.RFTW seemed to be fascinated by Prince’s 1982 period,when he was using a lot of synths and the Linn drum machine.

For some reason I'm hearing more of the Sheilla E (Glamorous Life) stuff when I hear these songs

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Reply #22 posted 05/09/19 8:15am

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I'm sure Sheila E was so honored! It was a BIG HIT for RFTW(whom led singer Melvin Riley I encountered at a conference years ago trying to make an attempt at a solo career).

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So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #23 posted 05/09/19 9:27am

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I think just the choice of instruments of Linn Drum with the low-tuned rimshot (a la Let's Go Crazy), plus synth, and slapping bass was enough to conjure Prince even as a four-year-old kid who hadn't even heard "Lady Cab Driver". Of course, we all thought Sheila meant Sheila E.

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Reply #24 posted 05/09/19 10:59am

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SoulAlive said:

woogiebear said:

Cameo's "Style" is kinda a sequel to "Just Be Yourself" on the "Alligator woman" Album!

It sure is,isn't it? smile This is an odd album in Cameo's catalog.It came and went very quickly.

Mainly because LB was just starting his subsidiary Atlanta Artists label and probably rushed to get the album completed.

Also the followup single behind Style which was that awful Elvis Presley remake Can't Help

Falling In Love killed any momentum this album were to have.

The followup single should have been either This Life Is Not For Me or You're A Winner

which was my album favorite.

Notice Cameo fared much better with the followup album She's Strange.

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Reply #25 posted 05/09/19 1:17pm

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Cinny said:

I think just the choice of instruments of Linn Drum with the low-tuned rimshot (a la Let's Go Crazy), plus synth, and slapping bass was enough to conjure Prince even as a four-year-old kid who hadn't even heard "Lady Cab Driver". Of course, we all thought Sheila meant Sheila E.

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Reply #26 posted 05/09/19 4:12pm

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"Oh Sheila" sounds so much like Prince c.1983 that's it's hilarious. I especially appreciate the guy doing that "what's good for the goose... is good for the gander" bit with a slightly effeminate voice, almost indistinguishably, and then the synth/keyboard part is straight from 1999.

Ready For The World were from Flint, Michigan, and northern Michigan was by far the biggest Prince fanbase in the world from around 1980 to 1983.

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Reply #27 posted 05/09/19 4:43pm

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I always felt the guitar solo in Love You Down was a slowed down homage to Dez's solo in LRC.

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Reply #28 posted 05/09/19 10:05pm

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itsjustaroundthecorner said:

I can't even listen to Lady Cab Driver without singing Oh Sheila along to it.

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