Recycle It!: So Colin Munroe Covered My Favorite Prince Song Ever...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

When you cover Prince you gotta do it right. That is all I am saying. So when a favorite producer of mines, Colin Munroe takes a stab at Prince's 1984 classic, "I Would Die 4 U"...well, it sounds too good to be true. Munroe slyly dropped this around the Internets today in anticipation for bigger things to come. I'm not going to say that he should've kept this, it is actually quite decent, just that since this probably is my all-time favorite Prince song next to "Pop Life", I'm a picky customer at buying this. Munroe sort of slows the roll of the urgent shower of synths on the original, as well as molasses out the vocals. The song becomes a more poppier and less funkier execution  than what Prince did, and the finished product gives off quite a different feel.

Even though you gotta cover a Prince track right in order to not look foolish, it is still a tough task to accomplish, and there are few who get a 'raspberry beret' hat toss for victory. Chaka Khan comes immediately to mind as someone who tackled Prince with definitive ease, making "I Feel For You" truly her song and even snatched Sheena Easton of some glory with "Eternity" (a song you can only hear on Khan's 1988 CK album). Meli'sa Morgan made an influx of children be born when her version of "Do Me Baby" hit radio in 1986. Mariah Carey and Dru Hill changed the game on "The Beautiful Ones" by making it a duet, and making it one of the best songs off of Mariah's Butterfly effort. I also have to give a hat tip to Alicia Keys for doing justice to "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore" and 80's guilty pop pleasure Haywoode for splashing "I Wanna Be Your Lover" with that UK Pop sound. You can cover Prince...it's just that Prince Purists will be picky about how it is done. 

So are you a Prince Purist when it comes to Munroe's version of "I Would Die 4 U"? Take a listen after the cut, as well as view n' see the other Prince covers that I mentioned



Colin Munroe - I Would Die 4 U










1 comment:

  1. *sigh*

    I am a Prince purist; I have no problem admitting that. The covers you mentioned are the ones that were actually well done.

    This version sucks, and I'm upset b/c "I Would Die 4 U" is my 3rd favorite Prince song! No one should be redoing any song on Purple Rain anyway. Hmmph.

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